Farmers in a Changing World

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Four years after their acclaimed debut, the Tractors finally delivered their full-fledged follow-up, Farmers in a Changing World, in late 1998. A holiday album, Have Yourself a Tractors Christmas, appeared in 1995, but that doesn't count as a sequel to The Tractors. During that time, contemporary country became even more infatuated with the pop-country crossover, as the success of Shania Twain and Faith Hill proved. The title of the album hints at that situation, but the Tractors ignore such trends, choosing to synthesize a plethora of American roots musics into a distinctive sound -- they're farmers in a changing world. Sure, they remain rooted in country, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Four years after their acclaimed debut, the Tractors finally delivered their full-fledged follow-up, Farmers in a Changing World, in late 1998. A holiday album, Have Yourself a Tractors Christmas, appeared in 1995, but that doesn't count as a sequel to The Tractors. During that time, contemporary country became even more infatuated with the pop-country crossover, as the success of Shania Twain and Faith Hill proved. The title of the album hints at that situation, but the Tractors ignore such trends, choosing to synthesize a plethora of American roots musics into a distinctive sound -- they're farmers in a changing world. Sure, they remain rooted in country, but they try a bunch of other things, including soul, New Orleans R&B, and rockabilly with "The Elvis Thing," backed by no less than Scotty Moore, James Burton, and DJ Fontana. What ties it all together is Steve Ripley's fine songwriting and the band's excellent taste in covers; the material is so good that the eclecticism doesn't seem jumbled -- it makes sense. It may have taken a while for the album to have been recorded, but the wait was worth it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Audium Entertainment
  • UPC: 684038817528
  • Catalog Number: 8175
  • Sales rank: 55,459

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tractors Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bonnie Raitt Slide Guitar
Leon Russell Piano, Vocals
James Burton Guitar
Scotty Moore Guitar
Roger Tillison Trumpet
Larry Bell Trumpet
Debbie Campbell Cornet, Vocal Harmony
John Crowder Vocal Harmony
Bud Deal Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Dewalt Trumpet
D.J. Fontana Drums
Ron Getman Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Trumpet, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Steve Ham Tuba
Glen Mitchell Hammond Organ
Jamie Oldaker Percussion, Drums
Walt Richmond Piano, Accordion, Bass (Vocal), Bass Drums, Hammond Organ, Vocals, fender rhodes, Foot Stomping, Piano (Grand)
Steve Ripley Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Eldon Shamblin Talking, fender rhodes, Fender Stratocaster
Mike Moore Vocals
Casey Van Beek Bass, Electric Bass, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Fats Kaplin Fiddle, Steel Guitar
Angelene Ripley Hammond Organ, Foot Stomping
Evan Tonsing Cello
Brad Becker Alto Saxophone
Mike Panno Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Wiley Hunt Vocal Harmony
Charlene Ripley Piano, Trumpet, Piano (Grand)
Elvis Ripley Guitar, Piano, Piano (Grand)
Jared Tyler Vocals
Curly Lewis Fiddle
Stacey Grant Trombone
Technical Credits
Carlos Grier Digital Manipulation
Denny Purcell Mastering
Walt Richmond Producer, Engineer
Steve Ripley Producer, Engineer
Casey Van Beek Composer
Maude Gilman Art Direction
Eric Conn Digital Editing
Evan Tonsing Cello Arrangement
Dave Nives Reissue Producer
Maude Gilman Clapham Art Direction
Eddie Richmond Introduction
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