A Tribute to Robert Altman's Nashville

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2002
  • Label: Mint Records
  • UPC: 773871005428
  • Catalog Number: 54

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Speech #1 (0:44)
  2. 2 200 Years - Dave Gowans (3:00)
  3. 3 Oh These Troubled Times (1:21)
  4. 4 Speech #2 (0:26)
  5. 5 Bluebird - Dallas Good (3:26)
  6. 6 For the Sake of the Children (3:30)
  7. 7 Keep A-Goin' (2:36)
  8. 8 Memphis - Carl Newman (1:51)
  9. 9 Rolling Stone (4:03)
  10. 10 Speech #3 (0:39)
  11. 11 Tape Deck in His Tractor (2:04)
  12. 12 Dues (4:10)
  13. 13 Since You've Gone - Sylvia Kenny (2:07)
  14. 14 I Never Get Enough - Cindy Wolfe (2:01)
  15. 15 I'm Easy (3:04)
  16. 16 "Elliott Gould" - Jean Mark (0:17)
  17. 17 One, I Love You (2:31)
  18. 18 My Idaho Home (2:44)
  19. 19 It Don't Worry Me (5:19)
  20. 20 Let Me Be the One - Robert Dayton (0:31)
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Album Credits

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
The 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
Peter Moore Mastering
Tolan McNeil Audio Production
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