Child Bride

Child Bride

by Katy Moffatt
     
 
On the follow-up to 1989's Walkin' on the Moon, Katy Moffatt decided to crank up the volume a bit and let her hair down. Child Bride is anything but a delicate recording. It's closer to rockabilly and the woolly side of country than any singer/songwriter outing. Some of the musicians who appear here are Carlo Nuccio from

Overview

On the follow-up to 1989's Walkin' on the Moon, Katy Moffatt decided to crank up the volume a bit and let her hair down. Child Bride is anything but a delicate recording. It's closer to rockabilly and the woolly side of country than any singer/songwriter outing. Some of the musicians who appear here are Carlo Nuccio from the Continental Drifters, former Lone Justice guitar ace Marvin Etzioni (who wrote the title track and another one), guitarist Duane Jarvis, Dave Alvin, the late Donald Lindley, Pat McLaughlin, Greg Leisz, and Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, among others. This is a singer's effort; uncharacteristically, Moffatt didn't pen a track here, but in her readings of these songs, they become hers. From the rolling country rockabilly of the title track to her deep Memphis soul meets Nashville contemporary country reading of John Hiatt's "We Ran" to a loose-wristed rocking reading of Arthur Alexander's "You Better Move On," Moffatt digs deep into her cowboy angel alto and delivers with raucous passion and a gritty verve that's closer to Wanda Jackson than it is Tammy Wynette -- and that's only on side one. The second half opens with another Etzioni rocker, entitled "False Alarm," that pulls out the stops before Moffatt turns to a slower -- though not slow -- articulation of the Doc Pomus classic "Lonely Avenue." Pat McLaughlin's "You Done Me Wrong" is given classic rockabilly treatment, but it leans a lot heavier on honky tonk country than it does on rock. The set closes with the Wesley Rose classic "Settin' the Woods on Fire," so closely associated with Hank Williams. It's a duet with Dave Alvin and the feel is steaming honky tonk with a beautiful pair of guitars courtesy of Alvin and Richard Stekol. Juke Logan's harmonica break gives the track a serious blues edge before Leisz returns on Weissenborn slide guitar to anchor it back in the out-of-control Saturday midnight honky tonk country bus. Child Bride is easily the hardest-rocking record Katy Moffatt ever issued; it's also the closest to country music's heart.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/1995
Label:
Philo Records
UPC:
0011671113326
catalogNumber:
1133

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Katy Moffatt   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Marvin Etzioni   Bass,Guitar
Dave Alvin   Guitar,Vocals
Pat McLaughlin   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Richard Stekol   Guitar
Jerry Angel   Drums
Steve Berlin   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion
Frank Cotinola   Drums
Brenda Lee Eager   Background Vocals
Alan Graham   Background Vocals
Duane Jarvis   Guitar
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Donald Lindley   Drums
Johnny Logan   Harmonica
Carlo Nuccio   Drums
Keith Rosier   Bass
Greg Sutton   Bass
William D. "Smitty" Smith   Piano
Juke Logan   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Steve Berlin   Producer
Mark Linett   Producer,Engineer
Holly Gleason   Liner Notes
Geoff Cordner   Executive Producer

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