Album of the Week: Room Enough, Time Enough by David Huckfelt

Mar 5, 2021

The phrase, 'room enough, time enough', comes from the name the Navajo used to describe their ancestral homeland in northern Arizona and New Mexico, not far from where this record was made. 

David Huckfelt, co-founder of The Pines, wrote his first solo album, Stranger Angels, in total solitude at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. For his 2nd solo album, Room Enough, Time Enough, the process was quite the opposite. At it's core, this is an incredibly collaborative record, created with an open-door policy of sorts for his friends in Tuscon, Arizona: Keith Secola, Billy Sedlmayr, Giant Sand founder Howe Gelb, former Bob Dylan drummer Winston Watson, Calexico session players Connor Gallaher and Jon Villa, and John Trudell's constant collaborator and Warm Springs Nation Native singer, Quiltman. Upon returning home to Minneapolis, Huckfelt tapped his friends Greg Brown, Dave Simonett & Ryan Young (of Trampled by Turtles), Pieta Brown, Jeremy Ylvisaker, JT Bates, Erik Koskinen, Michael Rossetto and more.

Huckfelt says that Room Enough, Time Enough is about redeeming the marginalized, remembering the forgotten, and protecting the spirits of vulnerable people and places, 'whosoever and wheresoever they may be'. David has connected with Native communities throughout the nation, forging friendships, allyship, as well as  musical alliances with Native American songwriters, all of which you can hear throughout the album. From his work with The Pines, to his solo albums, he has always had a knack for creating beautiful, audioscapes of songs. This release is no different. I find that listening to his songs many times over gives me the full effect of his power. Let us know what you think.