All I Know

All I Know

by Keith Sykes
     
 

Keith Sykes never got as famous as the likes of Willie Nelson, or even Jerry Jeff Walker, although he traveled in the same outlaw country circles as them ol' boys. His 2004 album, All I Know, makes plain the connections between that '70s-vintage commingling of country and rock & roll and the more recent crossbreeding that got…  See more details below

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Keith Sykes never got as famous as the likes of Willie Nelson, or even Jerry Jeff Walker, although he traveled in the same outlaw country circles as them ol' boys. His 2004 album, All I Know, makes plain the connections between that '70s-vintage commingling of country and rock & roll and the more recent crossbreeding that got dubbed alternative country: this album could have come out on some little Lubbock or Austin-based label in 1975 or on the Chicago indie Bloodshot 20 years later. The most Walker-like tune here is the hilarious "Keith Sykes Is Sorry," a hugely catchy apology preceded by the talking blues "Explanation of Keith Sykes Is Sorry," both of which take aim at the singer/songwriter's innate inability to properly play the music industry's game on its own terms, but the rest of the album is a casually brilliant amalgam of country and pop influences ranging from the forlorn ballad "Hard Luck and Old Dogs" (one of only two non-originals on the album) to the wistful "A Long Monday," a duet with John Prine that's got the best chorus on the album. He may not be famous, but that's nothing to do with the quality of this album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2004
Label:
Madjack Records
UPC:
0661185002229
catalogNumber:
10

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Sykes   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Maracas,Tambourine,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dave Cochran   Bass,Background Vocals
John Inmon   Electric Guitar
Jeff Powell   Background Vocals
Rebecca Evans Russell   Background Vocals
Sam Shoup   Bass
Kurt Ruleman   Drums,Background Vocals
Dave Smith   Bass
Ross Rice   Piano,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Zack Taylor   Drums
Reba Russell   Background Vocals
Jed Zimmerman   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jimmy Davis   Background Vocals
Kelly Mickwee   Background Vocals
Eric Lewis   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer
John Prine   Composer
Keith Sykes   Composer,Producer,overdub engineer,Audio Production
Susanna Clark   Cover Painting
John Inmon   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer
Jeff Powell   Engineer,overdub engineer
Nancy Apple   Composer
Christine Hajar   Art Direction
Larry Joe Taylor   Composer

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