Country to the Bone

Country to the Bone

by Tommy Alverson
     
 

Here are some things country artists should generally avoid: songs about how "country" they are, songs about the fact that they're from Texas, and songs in which they compare themselves to Hank Williams. Most can (and some do) get away with one, or maybe two of those errors on a single album, but if you hit the trifecta you're in troubleSee more details below

Overview

Here are some things country artists should generally avoid: songs about how "country" they are, songs about the fact that they're from Texas, and songs in which they compare themselves to Hank Williams. Most can (and some do) get away with one, or maybe two of those errors on a single album, but if you hit the trifecta you're in trouble. And if you do it while singing only occasionally on pitch, you're in even more trouble. That's exactly where Tommy Alverson finds himself on Country to the Bone, an album that compounds the first mistake by naming itself after a rather preachy and obnoxious song that explains what it means to be "country", and one on which Alverson pitches his songs consistently at a key that is about a half-step too high for him to handle comfortably. That's not to say that Country to the Bone isn't fun to listen to -- especially on such honky tonk fare as the Doug Sahm composition "Be Real," the gently swinging "I Can't Convince My Heart," and the excellent Jim Lauderdale song "I'll Be Around," Alverson's musicianship overrides his vocal limitations and his crack band generates a rich and warm accompaniment. (And the Pauline Reese cameo on "Tequila Rose" is especially nice.) But a little bit of pitch correction and a bit more care with the song selection would have made this album significantly better.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
Label:
Palo Duro Records
UPC:
0806820160524
catalogNumber:
1605

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Alverson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ron Thompson   Drums
Ray Austin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Randy Brown   Background Vocals
Jorge Ginorio   Percussion
Reggie Rueffer   Fiddle,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Patrick McGuire   Acoustic Bass
David Perez   Accordion
Jerry Abrams   Bass
Martin "Dirt" Stinnett   Mandolin
Pauline Reese   Vocals
Justin Alverson   Guitar
Melissa Brown   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Andrew Frye   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Mike Basden   Piano
Amos Staggs   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Thurston Selby   Fiddle
Andie Kay Joiner   Vocals
Heather Woodruff   Fiddle
Andrea Blackwell   Background Vocals
Sue Manois   Steel Drums
Jerri Lynn Robinson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Doug Sahm   Composer
Doug Gilmore   Composer
Clay Blaker   Composer
Tommy Alverson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Brian Burns   Composer
Patrick McGuire   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Walt Wilkins   Composer
Davis Raines   Composer
Jerry Max Lane   Composer
David Oxford   Composer

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