Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer

Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer

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by Corb Lund
     
 
Alberta, Canada, native Corb Lund arrives with a disc hailed as Album of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association. The land figures prominently in Lund's songs, and his vivid evocations of man in and against nature, along with his character-driven stories, evoke the Texas singer-songwriter tradition -- or suggest a new tradition based further north. With a

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Alberta, Canada, native Corb Lund arrives with a disc hailed as Album of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association. The land figures prominently in Lund's songs, and his vivid evocations of man in and against nature, along with his character-driven stories, evoke the Texas singer-songwriter tradition -- or suggest a new tradition based further north. With a history in farming, ranching, and rodeo, Lund comes by his artistic conceit honestly. Like George Strait, he is a credible cowpoke who lets the life into his music. Strait is an interpreter, not a writer, but he would surely appreciate and recognize the calamity memorialized in Lund's sprightly, wry talking blues, "The Truck Got Stuck" (yes, a talking blues, properly ensconced on an album featuring a Ramblin' Jack Elliott guest spot), concerning all the dire personal traumas accruing from a truck getting bogged down in mud on the plains. Strait would most surely feel a pang from Lund's winsome, autumnal ode to a season's close in "The Rodeo's Over," which features a resonant guest vocal by singer-songwriter legend Ian Tyson (Canada's Guy Clark), and a decidedly Old West atmosphere supplied by Stuart Duncan's atmospheric fiddling and Grant Siemens' poignant gut-string guitar interjections. He offers up a twangy trucking song ("Hurtin' Albertans"); a snarling, pedal steel-rich rocker, "Good Copenhagen," which extols the virtues of tobacco over "bad cocaine"; and throughout demonstrates a novelist's eye for the telling detail. Produced by the formidable Harry Stinson, Corb Lund's ready for a long ride.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
The second collaboration with Nashville producer Harry Stinson following their 2002 breakthrough, Five Dollar Bill, Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer is the fourth studio release from Canadian country act Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans. Featuring guest vocals from Western icon Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Canadian singer/songwriter Tim Hus, and folk legend Ian Tyson, it includes the singles "The Truck Got Stuck," "Counterfeiters' Blues," "The Truth Comes Out," and the title track.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
Label:
Stony Plain Music
UPC:
0772532130929
catalogNumber:
1309
Rank:
79600

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Corb Lund   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Ian Tyson   Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Gordon Mote   Piano
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle
Harry Stinson   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Kenny Vaughn   Electric Guitar
Too Slim   Background Vocals
Ranger Doug   Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tim Hus   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Peter Coleman   Engineer
Mark "Mooka" Rennick   Engineer
Harry Stinson   Producer
Dave Alcock   Engineer
Sam Martin   Engineer
Corb Lund   Composer
Brandon Epps   Engineer
Jason D'Ottavio   Engineer
Tim Hus   Composer

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Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesn't reach the hights of Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier, but there are a couple of tunes there, including the title track, that will have you howling at the moon.