Dixie Rock

Dixie Rock

by Wet Willie
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Capricorn / Umgd
UPC:
0731453813526
catalogNumber:
538135

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wet Willie   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,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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