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Dixie Rock

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The follow-up to Wet Willie's breakthrough benchmark release, Keep On Smilin', didn't match its predecessor in sales, and began a commercial decline from which they never recovered. But although there's nothing as catchy as the previous album's title track, Dixie Rock is a worthy successor and another excellent yet underrated entry in the band's catalog. With their picture dominating the back cover, backing singers the Williettes Ella Avery and Donna Hall receive featured treatment, and their contribution adds substantial gospel flavor to the group's approach. Avery's duet with frontman Jimmy Hall on "Mama Don't Raise No Fools" is one of the disc's highlights, and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The follow-up to Wet Willie's breakthrough benchmark release, Keep On Smilin', didn't match its predecessor in sales, and began a commercial decline from which they never recovered. But although there's nothing as catchy as the previous album's title track, Dixie Rock is a worthy successor and another excellent yet underrated entry in the band's catalog. With their picture dominating the back cover, backing singers the Williettes Ella Avery and Donna Hall receive featured treatment, and their contribution adds substantial gospel flavor to the group's approach. Avery's duet with frontman Jimmy Hall on "Mama Don't Raise No Fools" is one of the disc's highlights, and the stripped-down version of Albert Brumly's "He Set Me Free" could have come directly off a traditional spiritual album. But "Leona" a minor hit single, is pure greasy Southern singalong funk and rock that, along with the title cut, slots into Willie's established sound. The R&B-drenched "It's Gonna Stop Rainin' Soon," featuring sublime slide work from Ricky Hirsch and Jimmy Hall's mournful harp along with the deep Delta blues of "Jailhouse Moan," help make this one of the band's most cohesive works, although it takes a few spins for their charms to be appreciated. Those who enjoy Wet Willie's gritty Southern soul will find lots to like on this low-key, predominantly hitless gem, which, as of 2002, had been taken out of print after being digitally remastered and reissued in 1999.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1998
  • Label: Capricorn / Umgd
  • UPC: 731453813526
  • Catalog Number: 538135

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wet Willie Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jimmy Hall Harmonica, Percussion, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Lewis Ross Percussion, Conga, Drums
John Anthony Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Ella Avery Vocals, Background Vocals
Tom Dowd Percussion
Mike Duke Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Earl Ford Trombone
Donna Hall Vocals, Background Vocals
Jack Hall Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mama Hall Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Susan Hall Vocals
Ricky Hirsch Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bottleneck Guitar
Joyce Knight Vocals, Background Vocals
Williettes Group
Technical Credits
Tom Dowd Producer
Ovie Sparks Engineer
David Wills Composer
Tony Humphreys Engineer
Tony Humphries Engineer
Steven Fallone Remixing
William D. Shore Composer
Jerry Weaver Composer
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