High Lonesome Sound

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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 ...
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All Music Guide
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 clich├ęd 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: 5/28/1996
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008811142223
  • Catalog Number: 11422
  • Sales rank: 37,197

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vince Gill Primary Artist, 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 Jr. 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 Jr. Vocal Harmony
Jeff Geurnsey Fiddle
Chris Rodriguez Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Guy Clark Composer
Graham Lewis Engineer
Tony Brown Audio Production
Tony Brown Producer
Vince Gill Composer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Bill Brunt Art Direction
Robert Ascroft Art Direction
Don Schlitz Composer
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