Honky Tonk Merry Go Round

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The seven members of the Lucky Tomblin Band -- singer Tomblin, rhythm guitarist Bobby Arnold, pianist Earl Poole Ball, lead guitarist John Reed, bassist Sarah Brown, drummer John Hahn, and lead guitarist Redd Volkaert -- are pictured in their natural environment, a barroom, in the CD booklet of their fourth album, Honky Tonk Merry Go Round. Although Tomblin sits just in front of the others, they are all given nearly equal status in the photograph, and that's as it should be since this is, in fact, a cooperative effort in which Tomblin is more of a frontman than a dominating force. Indeed, as the album's 14 tracks proceed in a variety of traditional country styles -- ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The seven members of the Lucky Tomblin Band -- singer Tomblin, rhythm guitarist Bobby Arnold, pianist Earl Poole Ball, lead guitarist John Reed, bassist Sarah Brown, drummer John Hahn, and lead guitarist Redd Volkaert -- are pictured in their natural environment, a barroom, in the CD booklet of their fourth album, Honky Tonk Merry Go Round. Although Tomblin sits just in front of the others, they are all given nearly equal status in the photograph, and that's as it should be since this is, in fact, a cooperative effort in which Tomblin is more of a frontman than a dominating force. Indeed, as the album's 14 tracks proceed in a variety of traditional country styles -- mostly Western swing but also including the Bakersfield Sound and some Nashville country circa the '50s -- the microphone gets passed around the band, with lead vocals taken by Reed "Wine," "I'll Go Down Swinging", Volkaert "She Loves Anything That Swings," "Forbidden Lovers", Ball "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me," "The Train Always Runs on Time", Brown "Open Up Your Heart and Let Me Go," "Get a Little Goner", and Arnold "I'd Rather You Didn't Love Me," "Heart of a Clown". That leaves only four songs with lead vocals by Tomblin himself, and since he doesn't play an instrument, it means that he really isn't heard on a majority of the tracks on an album bearing his name. Such a democratic approach is to the benefit of the music, however, as the singers are often performing their own original compositions, which fit in nicely with covers of songs by the likes of Mel Tillis, Willie Nelson, and Hank Cochran. Tomblin's position as benevolent bandleader is not unlike that taken by his primary influence, Bob Wills, in fronting the Texas Playboys. And this band's purpose is much the same, to provide a soundtrack to life at the bar, with lyrics full of drinking, swinging, and love gone wrong, all performed in tempos good for dancing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2010
  • Label: Texas World
  • UPC: 614511772327
  • Catalog Number: 145
  • Sales rank: 395,503

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lucky Tomblin Band Primary Artist
Lucky Tomblin Indexed Contributor, Vocals, Group Member
Bobby Arnold Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Earl Poole Ball Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Sarah Brown Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Lloyd Maines Steel Guitar, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Redd Volkaert Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
John X. Reed Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Brian Beken Fiddle, Guest Appearance
Jon Hahn Drums, Group Member
Mary Fagan Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Melba Montgomery Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Floyd Tillman Composer
Bill Kirchen Composer
Earl Poole Ball Composer
Sarah Brown Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Lloyd Maines Producer
Redd Volkaert Composer
Wayne Walker Composer
Billy Yates Composer
Jerry Tubb Mastering
Frank Simon Composer
Louise Kirchen Composer
Mark Pucci Liner Notes
Lucky Tomblin Composer, Liner Notes
Jack Rollins Composer
Irene Stanton Composer
Stan Gardner Composer
Keith Gary Engineer
Steve Nelson Composer
Frances Kane Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
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