Bend in the Road

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
After a few albums as frontman of the group Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Mark Stuart issued an album billed to Mark Stuart & the Bastard Sons, Bend in the Road. While the billing might have changed slightly, Stuart's focus remains roots country music. This is alt-country only in the sense that it's outside the commercial country mainstream, as the sound is rooted in classic country forms, particularly honky tonk. Stuart delivers solid stuff along those lines in both exuberant and world-weary veins, but also puts shades of old-timey folk, Western swing, rock, and Tex-Mex into his tunes. If the themes of many of the songs are pretty common to this sort of music -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
After a few albums as frontman of the group Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Mark Stuart issued an album billed to Mark Stuart & the Bastard Sons, Bend in the Road. While the billing might have changed slightly, Stuart's focus remains roots country music. This is alt-country only in the sense that it's outside the commercial country mainstream, as the sound is rooted in classic country forms, particularly honky tonk. Stuart delivers solid stuff along those lines in both exuberant and world-weary veins, but also puts shades of old-timey folk, Western swing, rock, and Tex-Mex into his tunes. If the themes of many of the songs are pretty common to this sort of music -- rambling restlessly on the road, heartache, and romantic crushes -- Stuart delivers such goods reliably, though some of the uptempo songs are fairly similar to each other. That makes the reflective sad ballads "Gone Like a Raven" and "Carolina" more melodic standouts in the context of the record as a whole.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • UPC: 803020147225
  • Catalog Number: 1472
  • Sales rank: 176,997

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Stuart & the Bastard Sons Primary Artist
Mark Stuart Indexed Contributor
Ted Andreadis Piano
Marty Grebb Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Gerald Johnson Electric Bass
JayDee Mannes Pedal Steel Guitar
Randy Mitchell Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Phil Parlapiano Accordion
Taras Prodaniuk Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Upright Bass
David Raven Drums
Mike Turner Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Alan Mirikitani Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Stuart Acoustic Guitar
Vance Hazen Electric Bass
Deane Cote Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Ted Russell Kamp Background Vocals
Wink Keziah Background Vocals
Dennis Caplinger Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin
Vance Hazen Electric Bass
Lisa C. Pollock Background Vocals
Jim Adair Drums
Deane Cote Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Lars Albrecht Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Billy Joe Shaver Composer
Alan Mirikitani Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Mark Stuart Composer, Producer
Mark Stuart Composer
Robbie Green Executive Producer
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