Hillbilly Hemingway

Hillbilly Hemingway

by Mark Newton
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2006
Label:
Rebel Records
UPC:
0032511181923
catalogNumber:
1819

Related Subjects

Tracks

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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >