Back to the Well

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Building on the blues and southern rock foundation of his wonderful 2001 album, Tell the Truth, veteran country hitmaker Lee Roy Parnell lives up to the title of this scintillating, genre-spanning set, which reflects his varied musical influences and his recent personal journey. The well-crafted tunes on Back to the Well are notable as much for their zest for life as for the beauty of their melodies and imagery. The dreamy love song "Just Lucky That Way" is quintessential Parnell balladry, good for nuzzling, but the lyrics tell a story about perseverance, about believing in yourself, about maintaining an even emotional keel through the usual trials. It's the rare Lee Roy...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Building on the blues and southern rock foundation of his wonderful 2001 album, Tell the Truth, veteran country hitmaker Lee Roy Parnell lives up to the title of this scintillating, genre-spanning set, which reflects his varied musical influences and his recent personal journey. The well-crafted tunes on Back to the Well are notable as much for their zest for life as for the beauty of their melodies and imagery. The dreamy love song "Just Lucky That Way" is quintessential Parnell balladry, good for nuzzling, but the lyrics tell a story about perseverance, about believing in yourself, about maintaining an even emotional keel through the usual trials. It's the rare Lee Roy song that's not guitar driven, but there's still room for the man to squeeze off a tart, B. B. King-style solo about midway through. Parnell's mother, who exemplifies the attributes that inform these songs, is honored in the folk-flavored "Old Soul," with an evocative backing vocal provided by Jessi Alexander. Family figures prominently in the sensitive "Daddies and Daughters," an acutely observed ballad written by Lee Roy for his daughter Allison upon her high school graduation and featuring the young Ms. Parnell in her recording debut. Of course, Lee Roy's slide is never very far away, and he employs it to sizzling effect on the Allmans-influenced rocker "You Can't Lose 'Em All" and the slow, churning blues number "Breaking the Chain." Fully revitalized and catering only to what's in his heart, Lee Roy Parnell sounds absolutely fearless on Back to the Well, the best music of his estimable career.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Eight years after he parted ways with Arista Records, Lee Roy Parnell returns to the "big leagues" with Back to the Well, his first album for Universal South, but if anyone was afraid that he might water down his songs or his delivery to score a new major-label deal, the good news is that's not at all the case. Back to the Well leans strongly to the blues-influenced side of Parnell's music rather than the more country-styled and radio-friendly sound of his biggest hits, and Parnell has laid plenty of tough guitar solos over these tunes. Parnell co-wrote all 12 songs on Back to the Well, which range from the hard-won sentimentality of "Daddies and Daughters" to the roadhouse-ready "You Can't Lose 'Em All," with the deep-groove title cut and the Booker T.-meets-Jimmy Smith instrumental "Cool Breeze" bookending the set. Parnell cuts a solid but laid-back figure on this album, which is more about mood and meaning than playing to the grandstands. This album has plenty of energy, but Parnell's focus is on the intensity of the song and the performance rather than bombast, and the results suggest a late-night mood without enough vigor to make it play in the daylight hours. (The production by Parnell and John Kunz suits the tunes perfectly, adding just enough gloss to show off the highlights without losing the grit along the edges.) Back to the Well is certainly one of Parnell's stronger efforts, and anyone who's been wanting to hear him groove on guitar and sing with soul will get a kick out of this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • Label: Universal South
  • UPC: 075021030770
  • Catalog Number: 000381702
  • Sales rank: 19,975

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Back to the Well (4:46)
  2. 2 Something out of Nothing (3:58)
  3. 3 Just Lucky That Way (4:44)
  4. 4 Old Soul (4:18)
  5. 5 Don't Water It Down (3:19)
  6. 6 Daddies and Daughters - Allison Parnell (4:45)
  7. 7 You Can't Lose 'Em All (4:16)
  8. 8 Breaking the Chain (5:05)
  9. 9 The Hunger (4:24)
  10. 10 That's All There Is (4:46)
  11. 11 Saving Grace (3:39)
  12. 12 Cool Breeze (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Roy Parnell Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar
Robert Bailey Background Vocals
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Mark T. Jordan Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Ann McCrary Background Vocals
Kevin McKendree Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
James Pennebaker Electric Guitar
Lynn Williams Percussion, Drums, Tambourine
Tom Hambridge Snare Drums
Jon Randall Background Vocals
Tony Arata Acoustic Guitar
Regina McCrary Background Vocals
Jessi Alexander Background Vocals
Steve Mackey Bass
Technical Credits
Lee Roy Parnell Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
John Kunz Producer, Engineer
Kevin McKendree Composer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Allen Shamblin Composer
Tom Hambridge Composer
Tony Arata Composer
Karen Cronin Art Direction
Don London Management
Robert Hadley Mastering
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