James Yorkston and The Athletes | RUG145 | Released: 01/01/00
'Tender To The Blues' is backed by a selection of tracks which all allude to the different areas James is coming from. First up is "6:30 Is Just Way To Early" (Reuben's String Arrangement), Athlete Reuben takes one of the key tracks from "Moving Up Country" & strips it down to the vocal, only to layer it with strings to create a lush, majestic piece. "A Man With My Skills" was taken from the original demos that initially caught the attention of Domino. Lastly we have a medley of two traditional folk songs "Hares On The Mountain/Old Maid" which firmly places James in the folk tradition that he so loves.