Born to Be Blue

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: Texas Music Group
  • UPC: 049891006029
  • Catalog Number: 60

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beautiful Garden (3:46)
  2. 2 Black and Blue Heart (2:31)
  3. 3 You Don't Love Me (2:11)
  4. 4 Born to Be Blue (3:18)
  5. 5 Sad as It Seems (3:31)
  6. 6 Blue River - Casper Rawls (2:46)
  7. 7 Nothing But Heartache (4:05)
  8. 8 Tennessee Whiskey (3:41)
  9. 9 Clouds (3:28)
  10. 10 Rain Down Tears (4:00)
  11. 11 Not Coming Home (2:24)
  12. 12 Get the Hell Outta Dodge (3:14)
  13. 13 One of These Lonely Days (4:06)
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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
David Carrol Standup Bass
Technical Credits
Willie Cobbs Composer
Walter Hyatt Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Linda Hargrove Composer
Bo Diddley 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
V. Lee Composer
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