Ghost in the Tanglewood is a seamless mix of country, folk, roots and rock, and a record which showcases Ginger Wildheart's songwriting maturity as he wears his heart and influences on his sleeve over 13 deeply personal tracks, channelling his emotions and pouring his soul into every note. Influenced by the likes of Steve Earle, Maria McKee, Tom Waits and Richard Thompson, this is Ginger's music on the mellow side; roots music played by a working class Geordie raised on country and Northern folk music.
"While leaning towards country music, my fairly unavoidable accent means that the songs come off less Willie Nelson and more Bobby Thompson, but every lyric is purely heartfelt and every song is as true a story as youâll ever hear. This stuff has always been in my blood since I was a wee nipper and it's an honour to finally get it out for people to hear" says Ginger.
"The songs largely deal with the traditionally taboo subject of mental health issues, specifically depression, which I have suffered from my whole life. Having recently weaned myself off medication, the music I make now serves as both therapy and comfort. I find relief in this music and hope that the songs bring a similar comfort to the listener. The narrative throughout is pretty confessional in nature, but I think the candid approach showcases the lyrics in a more bold and open way than a traditional rock album."
1. The Daylight Hotel
2. Paying It Forward
3. Golden Tears
4. Phantom Memories
5. Minus You
7. The Words Are Gonna Have to Wait
8. My Old Friend the Blues
9. The Reaper
10. Don't Say Goodbye