Hillbilly Hemingway

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
If Hillbilly Hemingway sounds like an odd name for a bluegrass album, that's probably because it is a bit unusual. But given a bit of thought, if one might make the argument that country songwriters like Hank Williams were forced to write in an economical style for a three-minute format, then perhaps the Mark Newton Band is onto something. The band, vocalist Mark Newton, mandolinist Andy Ball, banjoist John Wheat, bassist Beth Lawrence, and guitarist Clay Hess, is augmented by fiddler Stuart Duncan, Dobro players Rob Ickes and Randy Kohrs, and producer Carl Jackson. The band plays extremely well together as a unit and the dozen songs have been carefully chosen. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
If Hillbilly Hemingway sounds like an odd name for a bluegrass album, that's probably because it is a bit unusual. But given a bit of thought, if one might make the argument that country songwriters like Hank Williams were forced to write in an economical style for a three-minute format, then perhaps the Mark Newton Band is onto something. The band, vocalist Mark Newton, mandolinist Andy Ball, banjoist John Wheat, bassist Beth Lawrence, and guitarist Clay Hess, is augmented by fiddler Stuart Duncan, Dobro players Rob Ickes and Randy Kohrs, and producer Carl Jackson. The band plays extremely well together as a unit and the dozen songs have been carefully chosen. Newton's country-flavored lead is backed up by precision harmony, though these vocals work best, and are most distinctive, in the instances where a female tenor is placed in the mix. Although Jackson has stuck to an unobtrusive production, the music remains fairly smooth, fitting snuggly into the contemporary bluegrass category. This lack of rough edges is abated somewhat by songs like "Are You Lonesome Tonight," featuring Hess' rougher, more tradition-based vocals, and the free-for-all instrumental "Downforce." Hillbilly Hemingway is a likable, radio-friendly album that will please Newton's fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511181923
  • Catalog Number: 1819
  • Sales rank: 352,864

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hillbilly Hemingway (2:58)
  2. 2 Homefolks (2:31)
  3. 3 It's a Good Town to Die In (4:46)
  4. 4 Are You Lonesome Tonight (2:55)
  5. 5 Stillhouse Road (4:01)
  6. 6 Fraulein (3:09)
  7. 7 When the Trumpet Sounds (2:14)
  8. 8 Old Dirt Road (3:35)
  9. 9 What About You (2:58)
  10. 10 Blessings (3:48)
  11. 11 Downforce (3:15)
  12. 12 Jesse and Me (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Newton Primary Artist, Vocals
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Rob Ickes Dobro
Carl Jackson Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Creasman Percussion
Randy Kohrs Dobro, Vocals
Clay Hess Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
John Wheat Banjo, Bass (Vocal)
Alecia Nugent Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Beth Lawrence Bass, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Marty Stuart Cover Photo
Carl Jackson Composer, Producer
Lawton Williams Composer
Julie Lee Composer
Jerry Salley Composer
Bart Busch Engineer
Leslie Satcher Composer
Luke Wooten Engineer
Eddie "Gensu Dean" Alexander Composer
John Wheat Composer
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