Monday 7/19/21 10pm ET: Feature LP: Tracy Chapman – Telling Stories (2000)

Telling Stories is the fifth album by American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman, released February 14, 2000. It was her first album in over four years, and her first since Crossroads to be produced or co-produced by David Kershenbaum. A special 2 CD tour edition of this album was also released in May 2000, supporting the tour going on at the time. The album is composed of contemporary rock songs in the first half, and folk songs in the second half. The song “Unsung Psalm” was originally written for her previous album, New Beginning, but it didn’t make it onto the album.

The record marked a return to shorter songs for Tracy; on New Beginning they had been somewhat longer.

  1. Telling Stories” 3:57
  2. “Less Than Strangers” 3:19
  3. “Speak the Word” 4:12
  4. “It’s OK” 4:00
  5. “Wedding Song” 4:36
  6. “Unsung Psalm” 4:19
  7. “Nothing Yet” 3:21
  8. “Paper and Ink” 4:52
  9. “Devotion” 2:48
  10. “The Only One” 3:08
  11. “First Try” 3:31

Tracy Chapman – acoustic guitar, bouzouki, harp, vocals, background vocals, baritone guitar, record producer, mixing, art design
Alex Acuña – percussion
Rock Deadrick – vocals, background vocals
Tommy Eyre – organ, keyboard
Mike Finnigan – organ
Denny Fongheiser – percussion, drums
Emmylou Harris – vocals
Howard Hersh – bass guitar
Steve Hunter – dulcimer, lap steel guitar, baritone guitar
Larry Klein – bass guitar
JayDee Mannes – pedal steel guitar
John Pierce – bass guitar
Tim Pierce – acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin, sitar, baritone guitar
Eric Rigler – Uillean pipes, low whistle
Scarlet Rivera – violin
Glenys Rogers – percussion, vocals, background vocals
Andy Stoller – bass guitar
Patrick Warren – keyboard, Chamberlin