High Lonesome Sound

High Lonesome Sound

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by Vince Gill
     
 

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Vince Gill takes off on a tour of American music on High Lonesome Sound. The title cut steps back to a time he hasn't visited in a while, drawing on his days as a bluegrass singer and guitarist to create a soaring, harmony-driven sound that applies Appalachian drive to modern country rhythms. Most of the rest of the album's…  See more details below

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Vince Gill takes off on a tour of American music on High Lonesome Sound. The title cut steps back to a time he hasn't visited in a while, drawing on his days as a bluegrass singer and guitarist to create a soaring, harmony-driven sound that applies Appalachian drive to modern country rhythms. Most of the rest of the album's journey treks in new directions. The aggressive guitar riff that opens "One Dance with You" is straight Chicago blues, while the jaunty feel that enlivens "Down to New Orleans" draws on the Windy City's funky rhythms with a deft touch worthy of Little Feat -- with Lowell George, that is. "Tell Me Lover," also bearing the trace print of Little Feat, dances through a swampy groove. The arrangements by Gill and producer Tony Brown give traditional sounds a modern sheen while maintaining a distinct regional flavor. Gill gets much more room to show off his impressive guitar prowess than on his past records. A pair of small complaints are that his lyrics don't match the music (they are steeped in the modern country topical schemes) and he can overly sweeten the blues. Elsewhere, he uses the clichéd aspects of Cajun music in paying homage to Louisiana's musical heritage (R&B and New Orleans second-line rhythms aren't here and should be, because he's musically sophisticated enough to pull them off). Therefore, this album works best when he's not straining for authenticity: "Worlds Apart," "Given More Time," and "Pretty Little Adriana" leaven his tried-and-true formula into arrangements that are more progressively atmospheric than his past hits. Gill owns too many strengths to need to transform himself into Lowell George or Bonnie Raitt at this point in his career; he can leave his own mark on any music he chooses to play and -- for the most part -- does so here. ~ Michael McCall & Thom Jurek

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0602498607732
catalogNumber:
000112119

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vince Gill   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Gut String Guitar,Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Patty Loveless   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Shelby Lynne   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Barry Bales   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lisa Bevill   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Ron Block   Banjo
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Hughey   Steel Guitar
Nicole C. Mullen   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Kim Richey   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Chris Rodriguez   Vocal Harmony
Steuart Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar
Carlos Vega   Drums
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pete Wasner   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Hammond B3
Jeff White   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Leland Sklar   Bass,Bass Guitar
Billy Thomas   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jeff Guernsey   Fiddle
Robert Bailey   Vocal Harmony
Jeff Geurnsey   Fiddle
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer
Graham Lewis   Engineer
Tony Brown   Producer,Audio Production
Vince Gill   Composer
Denny Purcell   Mastering
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Bill Brunt   Art Direction
Robert Ascroft   Art Direction
Don Schlitz   Composer

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