Tanignak Productions Presents:
“The Love and the Mercy” by
This page originally posted in 2000, reformatted in 2020
New comments from Tim, 2020: I just listened to these sound samples as I’m rebuilding
the web page, and they are as fresh as the day we recorded them! This album really
does have a timeless feel. There’s a depth in the lyrics that blesses me afresh,
as though I had nothing to do with this album and was hearing it for the first time.
If you are the least susceptible to retro acoustic folk-
Tim’s original 2000 comments:
The Stone Table String Band is me and a few of my like-
The album has a deliberately retro folkie sound that is purposely timeless, as the
sound samples below demonstrate. The sound is an informal blend of 60’s folk-
Most people today do not know what “Folk” is, but they like it when they hear it.
The main features of Folk are an informal yet heartfelt delivery, a tendency to take
the song and not the singer seriously, and a willingness to go deliberately retro
(but never PBS-
The beautiful Stone Table logo created for this album by Randy Berk, inspired by Narnia.
The Love and the Mercy (2000)
The Stone Table String Band's CD
(And Tanignak Productions’ First Release)
This great album features twelve songs, including six original songs written by the
participants. The cover songs include a bluegrass hymn, two versions of songs first
sung by the Wilson McKinley (the pioneering Jesus People rock band, and a main feature
of this web site), and songs by several of the great recent Contemporary Christian
songwriters. Instrumentation ranges from electric bass and acoustic and electric
lead guitars to banjo, mandolin and even a homemade string bass made out of a five-
Throughout, the lead singing is complemented by layered harmonies and homemade percussion
(such as pocket change in an old sock). We are truly pleased with the result, which
was all recorded in an ordinary (and still functioning) bedroom from June 1999 to
January 2000 using digital multi-
The track titles of The Love and the Mercy (With Sound Samples) are:
He Pulled Me Out of Trouble (J. Hicks) SAMPLE
The Love and the Mercy (T. Smith) SAMPLE
I’m Glad (M. Mooney) SAMPLE
He Is a Friend of Mine (Wilson McKinley / McGuinn)
That’s What Faith Must Be (M. Card)
Everything Is in Your Hands (T. Butler)
He Set Me Free (A. Brumley) SAMPLE
Warmth of His Love (D. Fortschneider) SAMPLE
Lift Me One More Time (Mike Messer) SAMPLE
Grace Will Lead Me Home (Newton / K. Smith) SAMPLE
Sparrow (C. D. Martin / Wilson McKinley) SAMPLE
To See Jesus (M. Mooney) SAMPLE
Participants in The Love and the Mercy CD are:
Timothy Smith, band producer, engineer, arranger, lead and harmony vocals, percussion
effects, acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin and mop-
Mike Mooney, acoustic lead and rhythm guitars, composer and lead singer of two songs (“I’m Glad” and “To See Jesus”).
Kelly Smith* sings lead vocal on two songs, composer of the new tune on “Grace Will Lead Me Home,” and electric bass on a few of the tracks.
Bruce Adams,* electric bass on most of the tracks.
Dave Fortschneider, chief encourager, composer of “Warmth of His Love,” and high harmony on most of the tracks.
Kirstin Smith (Tim’s daughter) sang lead on “That’s What Faith Must Be” and contributed beautiful harmonies on the title track and “Sparrow.”
Mitch Brandon contributed electric guitar on “He Is a Friend of Mine,” and harmonica on “The Warmth of His Love.”
Dale Longtin did the beautiful flute work on “Everything Is In Your Hands.”
Randy Berk did the fabulous original artwork and logo for us.
* For those of you keeping up with such things, Kelly Smith is my brother, and was
the bassist as we led singing at Camp Woody from 1973-
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