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Tribute to Robert Altman's Nashville
     

A Tribute to Robert Altman's Nashville

by Carolyn Mark
 
Finally, a tribute album that works. Featuring an all-star roster of Mint Records artists and friends, including Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, the New Pornographers' Carl Newman, and headliner/organizer Carolyn Mark, this homage to Robert Altman's

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Finally, a tribute album that works. Featuring an all-star roster of Mint Records artists and friends, including Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, the New Pornographers' Carl Newman, and headliner/organizer Carolyn Mark, this homage to Robert Altman's classic film satire Nashville succeeds because the performances transcend the material -- they're heartfelt readings of songs that were largely written for maximum irony and corniness. Sure, there's a tongue-in-cheek element at work here as well -- the reproduction of speeches and dialogue from the film at times undercuts the effectiveness of the music -- but the vocal performances are much stronger than in the actual film, and while some of the songs are still too campy to salvage, the truly solid material (like Hogan's heartbreaking reading of "Dues," Dallas Good's Lee Hazlewood-inspired "Bluebird," and Tolan McNeil's lovely take on Keith Carradine's Oscar-winning hit "I'm Easy") seems far more substantial and authentic on CD than it ever did on celluloid, enhancing the undeniable catchiness of these faux-country classics. An appreciation of Altman's film is certainly recommended, but not necessary.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
Label:
Mint Records
UPC:
0773871005428
catalogNumber:
54
Rank:
267476

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Performance Credits

Carolyn Mark   Primary Artist
Scott Henderson   Saxophone
Diana Davies   Vocals
Kelly Hogan   Track Performer
Steve Lang   Track Performer
Carl Newman   Track Performer
Nathan Tinkham   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tom Ray   Bass
Jon Carroll   Vocals
Neko Case   Track Performer
Jon Rauhouse   Pedal Steel Guitar,Vocals
Tolan McNeil   Track Performer
Travis Good   Violin
Corn Sisters   Track Performer
Tom Holliston   Track Performer
Garth Johnson   Drums
Robyn Carrigan   Accordion
Dottie Cormier   Track Performer
Paul Pigat   Guitar
Dave Gowans   Banjo

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Tolan McNeil   Audio Production

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