I Should Be Blue

I Should Be Blue

by Sid Selvidge
     
 

The 2009 passing of legendary producer/musician Jim Dickinson sent a wave of sadness through the music world, and one of the tragedy's many ripple effects was on Dickinson's longtime Memphis pal/collaborator Sid Selvidge. After Dickinson's death, singer/songwriter/guitarist Selvidge decided to take a new approach to his music by working with some new folks -- another… See more details below

Overview

The 2009 passing of legendary producer/musician Jim Dickinson sent a wave of sadness through the music world, and one of the tragedy's many ripple effects was on Dickinson's longtime Memphis pal/collaborator Sid Selvidge. After Dickinson's death, singer/songwriter/guitarist Selvidge decided to take a new approach to his music by working with some new folks -- another famed Southern producer, Don Dixon (R.E.M., Smithereens, et al.), and singer Amy Speace. Dixon lends an appropriately warm, organic feel to I Should Be Blue, which finds Selvidge tackling mostly cover tunes and duetting with Speace on four tracks. Anyone who has ever been entranced by the folk-blues fingerpicking style and husky, soulful singing of Chris Smither (yet another Southerner) will find an easy entry point into Selvidge's not-dissimilar style. His woodsmoke voice brings a lived-in vibe to the likes of Tom T. Hall's "That's How I Got to Memphis," Fred Neil's "The Dolphins," and Tim Hardin's "Don't Make Promises (You Can't Keep)," easily tapping into the deep blue feelings at their core. All the aforementioned songs have been heavily covered over the years, but Selvidge still manages to bring something fresh to them. And while Amy Speace's bell-like tones make for an effective musical foil on tunes like Townes Van Zandt's "I'll Be Here in the Morning," Selvidge is a stylist fully capable of standing on his own throughout most of I Should Be Blue. The few original tunes are well-crafted, but there's no getting around the fact that they're inevitably doomed to stepchild status when stacked up alongside a cherry-picked batch of some of the greatest tunes ever written.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2010
Label:
Archer Records
UPC:
0822533193529
catalogNumber:
31935
Rank:
350617

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sid Selvidge   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Don Dixon   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Background Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Susan Marshall   Background Vocals
Sam Shoup   Piano,Upright Bass
Gamble   Organ
Steve Selvidge   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Deborah Swiney   Shaker
Amy Speace   Vocals
Amy LaVere   Upright Bass
Paul Taylor   Drums,Washtub Bass
Reba Russell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Fred Neil   Composer
Don Dixon   Producer
Sid Selvidge   Arranger,Composer
Lee Baker   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Brian Dixon   Art Direction
Ward Archer   Executive Producer
Mary Unobsky   Composer
Sam Weedman   Composer
Kevin Houston   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Donovan Leitch   Composer
Steve Roberts   Cover Photo
Amy Speace   Composer,Duet
Walter "Furry" Lewis   Arranger
Dave Harris   Mastering

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