Born to Be Blue

Born to Be Blue

by Toni Price
     
 
Regardless of its title, Born to Be Blue is less a blues album than a jazz, country, Texas swing, folk, and/or bluegrass one. In fact, Toni Price combines these genres so seamlessly that each track generally incorporates at least a few styles. This is Price's most diverse and laid-back release, with its easygoing vibe reinforced by the singer occasionally

Overview

Regardless of its title, Born to Be Blue is less a blues album than a jazz, country, Texas swing, folk, and/or bluegrass one. In fact, Toni Price combines these genres so seamlessly that each track generally incorporates at least a few styles. This is Price's most diverse and laid-back release, with its easygoing vibe reinforced by the singer occasionally calling out cues for musicians to solo. Beautifully produced by Price and Derek O'Brien (who has worked on all six of her albums), her soulful voice is stunning in its comfy, lazy groove. Although she can belt out songs -- as witnessed on previous releases -- that's not the approach favored here. She caresses and cradles these tunes, never rushing or infusing false emotions. The listener is swept up in the predominantly acoustic, sparse accompaniment, which allows Price's supple voice room to float around the lithe melodies. Whether this is a direct result of the success of the similarly styled Norah Jones is hard to tell, but certainly the same audience that enjoyed that jazz/blues/pop singer's debut would appreciate this. Not a songwriter, Price unearths obscure gems from Dr. John (a previously unreleased "Clouds" accompanied by interlaced acoustic guitars from O'Brien, Casper Rawls, and famed Elvis sideman James Burton), a bluesy "Rain Down Tears" (originally done by Hank Ballad and the Midnighters, and performed here by the same sublime guitar trio), and the Mel Tormé-penned title track. The string quartet on the closing "One of These Lonely Days" perfectly complements, but doesn't overwhelm the tune. It adds up to 45 minutes of magnificent, lovingly performed low-key music that seems to be made without regard for commercial considerations.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Texas Music Group
UPC:
0049891006029
catalogNumber:
60

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toni Price   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
James Burton   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Rich Brotherton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Cindy Cashdollar   Steel Guitar
Ron Flynt   Electric Piano
J.J. Johnson   Drums
Chris Maresh   Upright Bass
Derek O'Brien   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
George Reiff   Bass
Steve Samuel   Vibes
Dave Biller   Acoustic Guitar
Mike Broussard   Drums
Lisa Pankratz   Drums
Casper Rawls   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,national steel guitar
Larry Fulcher   Bass
Tracy Seeger   Violin
Ames Asbell   Viola
Sara Nelson   Cello
Leigh Mahoney   Violin
Rayvon Foster   Background Vocals
Warren Hood   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Country Matt Giles   Slide Guitar
David Carroll   Bass,Standup Bass

Technical Credits

Walter Hyatt   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Linda Hargrove   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Deschamps Hood   Composer
Dennis Morgan   Composer
Derek O'Brien   Producer
Gwil Owen   Composer
Toni Price   Producer,Art Direction
Rick "Casper" Rawls   Composer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Jared Tuten   Engineer
Robert Wells   Composer
Keith Davis   Cover Painting
Dick Reeves   Art Direction
Steve Chadie   Engineer
Mitch Cason   Composer
Suzy Elkins   Composer
John H.R. Mills   String Arrangements
Joe Matza   Art Direction
Shelley King   Composer

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