Empty House

Empty House

by Rex Hobart
     
 
Those who were looking for an exciting new creative direction from Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys on their fourth album for Bloodshot, Empty House, are going to be fresh out of luck when they slap this into their CD players. And of course, it serves 'em right -- Hobart is a honky tonk man through and through and he respects his form, as does any worthwhile

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Those who were looking for an exciting new creative direction from Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys on their fourth album for Bloodshot, Empty House, are going to be fresh out of luck when they slap this into their CD players. And of course, it serves 'em right -- Hobart is a honky tonk man through and through and he respects his form, as does any worthwhile musician. Empty House is 100 proof country music in the manner of Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Faron Young, and like a bottle of good bourbon this music has a way of soothing your heartache and reminding you of whoever it was who broke your heart at the same time. With this in mind, Hobart and his partners have the sense not to try to reinvent the wheel -- they just try to put a fine set of tires on it and let it roll, and Empty House is the honky tonk equivalent of a fresh set of steel-belted radials. Hobart writes songs in the classic style without simply following the path blazed by others, and his band plays with heart, soul, and concision that bring a freshness and emotional currency to songs like "The Good Ain't Gone," "I Don't Like That Mirror," and "Let's Leave Me." Just as there are tens of thousands of compelling stories you can tell within the framework of 12-bar blues, Rex Hobart understands just how many different ways a heart can be broken, and that a good honky tonk songwriter can find a great song in each of them; that's just what he does on Empty House, and damned if he doesn't satisfy on all 11 cuts.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Bloodshot Records
UPC:
0744302011424
catalogNumber:
20114
Rank:
327460

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rex Hobart   Primary Artist
Solomon Hofer   Dobro,Harmonica,Pedal Steel Guitar
T.C. Dobbs   Drums
Betse Ellis   Fiddle
Blackjack Snow   Bass
Rex Hobart   Guitar,Vocals
Blackjack Snow   Bass Guitar
J.B. Morris   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Solomon Hoffer   Dobro,Harmonica
T.C. Dobbs   Drums

Technical Credits

Rex Hobart   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Misery Boys   Arranger,Producer
Nate "Solomon" Hofer   Graphic Design
Rex Hobart & The Misery Boys   Audio Production

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