Here I Am

Here I Am

by Monte Warden
     
 

Monte Warden's second album for the Austin, Texas-based Watermelon label, Here I Am is a fine example of the kind of country
oots-rock hybrid for which the label's home city is so well known. Although there are few surprises, the musicianship is top-notch with that incredibly tight, but relaxed, feel that only the most experienced pros can pull off. All ofSee more details below

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Monte Warden's second album for the Austin, Texas-based Watermelon label, Here I Am is a fine example of the kind of country
oots-rock hybrid for which the label's home city is so well known. Although there are few surprises, the musicianship is top-notch with that incredibly tight, but relaxed, feel that only the most experienced pros can pull off. All of the album's ten tracks were written or co-written by Warden and, as the cover photo of Warden clutching a Rickenbacker 360 would indicate, are closer to the pop side of the roots-rock fence. In fact, much of the music here would not seem out of place on Rockpile's Seconds of Pleasure, or any of that band's members' (particularly Dave Edmunds) rootsier solo efforts. In addition, there are echoes of other purveyors of pure pop like Marshall Crenshaw and T-Bone Burnett (and, on the beautiful "Do You Remember," Warren Zevon). Warden's voice, while not particularly distinctive, has a pleasant, unaffected quality and a surprisingly clear upper-register tone that sometimes recalls Roy Orbison. Unfortunately, Warden never seems particularly involved emotionally in the music. Although some songs are almost saved by the snappy lead guitar work of David Murray, and it's obvious that Warden is a very capable artist, the album as a whole comes off more as an exercise in proficiency, or a songwriting demo, than as a fully realized work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0715971103727
catalogNumber:
823780

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Monte Warden   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Cross   Background Vocals
Kris McKay   Background Vocals
Kenneth Williams   Background Vocals
David Murray   Classical Guitar
Floyd Domino   Piano
Riley Osborne   Organ,Hammond Organ
Riley Osbourne   Hammond Organ
Mas Palermo   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Brad Fordham   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Chris Searles   Percussion,Drums
David Murray   Acoustic Guitar,Classical Guitar
Mas Palmero   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Monte Warden   Contributor
Heinz Geissler   Executive Producer
David Leonard   Producer,Engineer
Mas Palermo   Producer
Holly Gleason   Liner Notes
John T. Kunz   Executive Producer
Kathy Marcus   Art Direction

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