Lulled By The Moonlight - First released in 1996 as a limited edition CD and only available through Newbury's official website, Lulled by the Moonlight was Newbury's first album of new material since 1981's Mercury label release, After All These Years. Although he had distanced himself from the music industry, Newbury could still draw from the cream of Nashville session musicians every time he recorded.
The likes of Roger Hawkins, Gene Chrisman, guitarists Reggie Young, Mike Elliot and Jack Williams (who also played live with Newbury), all appear on Lulled by the Moonlight. Conceived as a tribute to Mickey Newbury's songwriting hero, Stephen Foster, the title is taken from a line in Foster's Beautiful Dreamer and opens with Three Bells for Stephen, a tribute to him in song.
This serves as the springboard for a suite of songs dealing with memory, loss and mortality, given the added poignancy that Newbury had been diagnosed with chronic lung disease prior to making the record. Despite his illness, he continued to record and tour right up until his death in 2002.
The songs on the album are linked in Newbury's unique style by atmospheric interludes that hark back to the classic run of albums he recorded between 1969 and 1981.
1. Three Bells For Stephen
2. East Kentucky
3. Captured In Blue
4. Just Another Lovely Day
5. Blue Sky Shining/Down The Tracks (Interlude)
6. Freight Train Howlin'/Into The Sky (Interlude)
7. Shades Of '63
8. Amen For Old Friends
10. Sailor Sailor
11. What Will I Do (In The Dead Of The Night)/Black Butte Thunderstorm (Interlude)
12. Ramblin' Blues
13. Workin' Man
14. The Future Is Not What It Used To Be/B. B.'s Madison, TN New Orleans Jazz Ensemble (Interlude)
15. Time Was
16. Silver Moon
17. Safe Harbour