Honey Songs

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
At a time when what passes for wisdom in the music business suggests you should make an album and then milk it for all its worth for at least a couple years, Jim Lauderdale prefers to do things the old-fashioned way -- he writes songs and makes records with care but without dawdling, and 2008's Honey Songs is his fourth album in 18 months. The sessions for Honey Songs find Lauderdale backed by what he calls "the Dream Players," and this is a band with more than a few legends on board -- guitarist James Burton and drummer Ron Tutt from Elvis Presley's T.C.B. Band, Garry Tallent from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band on bass, and legendary session men Glen D. Hardin piano and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
At a time when what passes for wisdom in the music business suggests you should make an album and then milk it for all its worth for at least a couple years, Jim Lauderdale prefers to do things the old-fashioned way -- he writes songs and makes records with care but without dawdling, and 2008's Honey Songs is his fourth album in 18 months. The sessions for Honey Songs find Lauderdale backed by what he calls "the Dream Players," and this is a band with more than a few legends on board -- guitarist James Burton and drummer Ron Tutt from Elvis Presley's T.C.B. Band, Garry Tallent from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band on bass, and legendary session men Glen D. Hardin piano and Al Perkins pedal steel. The crew of backing vocalists is stellar as well, including Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Patty Loveless, and Kelly Hogan. Despite the high-priced help, Lauderdale has no trouble showing he's the star of the show on Honey Songs; while these ten songs generally deal with traditional themes, his skill with a lyric and a melody is never in doubt, and from the cautionary tale of "Hittin' It Hard" and the hard-loving joy of "Honeysuckle Honeypie" to the heartbroken lament of "Molly's Got a Chain" and "Those Kind of Things Don't Happen Every Day"'s stories of unexpected generosity, Lauderdale's songs reveal a subtle intelligence and understanding of his characters that speak both wisdom and common sense, and his tunes are every bit as compelling as the words. Lauderdale's a fine singer to boot, and with a band this strong behind him, he's able to give these performances the honest emotional delivery they deserve. Jim Lauderdale isn't trying to pretend he's working in Nashville in 1958 -- he simply understands the virtues of Nashville's golden era and applies them to the songs he's writing in the 21st century, and Honey Songs is a splendid example of the best of country's past and present. Think he can make another album this good in six months?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2008
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • UPC: 634457215924
  • Catalog Number: 2159
  • Sales rank: 244,822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honeysuckle Honeypie - Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players (2:43)
  2. 2 I Hope You're Happy - Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players (3:29)
  3. 3 Hittin' It Hard - Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players (3:37)
  4. 4 It's Finally Sinking In - Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players (3:46)
  5. 5 Borrow Some Summertime - Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players (3:07)
  6. 6 The Daughter of Majestic Sage - Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players (3:49)
  7. 7 Molly's Got a Chain - Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players (3:42)
  8. 8 Those Kind of Things Don't Happen Every Day - Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players (3:52)
  9. 9 Stingray - Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players (2:57)
  10. 10 I'm Almost Back - Jim Lauderdale & The Dream Players (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Lauderdale Primary Artist
Emmylou Harris Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Patty Loveless Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
James Burton Electric Guitar, Guitar (Resonator), Group Member
Dawn Sears Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Tim Coats Vocal Harmony
Glen D. Hardin Piano, Group Member
John Gardner Drums
Kelly Hogan Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Alfred McCrary Background Vocals
Buddy Miller Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bobby Ogdin Piano
Al Perkins Lap Steel Guitar
Garry Tallent Bass, Group Member
Ron Tutt Drums, Group Member
Eric Holt Piano
Steven Sheehan Acoustic Guitar, Group Member
Regina McCrary Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Tim Coats Background Vocals
Kristyn Houck Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jim Lauderdale Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tim Coats Producer, Engineer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Leslie Satcher Composer
Tom D. Kline Executive Producer
Timothy Truman Cover Painting
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