Jeannie Kendall

Jeannie Kendall

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by Jeannie Kendall
     
 

The death of Royce Kendall in 1998 marked the end of one of country music's great duos, but daughter Jeannie carries on the vision and traditional spirit of the Kendalls on her solo debut. (Dad appears on two lovely cuts: a heartfelt cover of Johnny Bond's country evergreen, "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight?," and a taut, moody tale ofSee more details below

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The death of Royce Kendall in 1998 marked the end of one of country music's great duos, but daughter Jeannie carries on the vision and traditional spirit of the Kendalls on her solo debut. (Dad appears on two lovely cuts: a heartfelt cover of Johnny Bond's country evergreen, "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight?," and a taut, moody tale of obsession, "Train of Thought.") Stylistically, the junior Kendall -- whose voice suggests that of another mountain gal who is aging gracefully, Dolly Parton -- navigates through bluegrass, country, and folk, accompanied by the likes of Union Station (on four cuts) and dobro masters Rob Ickes and Sonny Garrish. In Royce's absence, Jeannie has found some pretty fair vocal compatriots: Alison Krauss gives "Old Friends" that haunting mountain feel; Rhonda Vincent and her brother Darrin make multiple appearances (the latter does a heck of a job in the Royce role with an impassioned, deeply felt turn on "That's What Your Love Does to Me"); and Allison Moorer adds an alluring second voice to the urgent choruses of the otherwise dirge-like country weeper, "Serious Doubt." Both Vincent and Ricky Skaggs join Kendall in a tight triumvirate of harmony on the bluesy heartbreaker "Smoky Lonesome," and Alan Jackson has a fantastic solo turn on a western swing–styled love song, "Timeless and True Love" (resurrected from a near-forgotten McCarters album, The Gift, from 1988). From the wrenching event that forged her solo career, Jeannie Kendall has fashioned a moving personal statement, straight from the heart, rich in roots sensibility, and deep as the mysteries its songs explore.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Although this has turned out to be the solo debut from veteran country artist Jeannie Kendall, it didn't start out that way. The project started in 1998 as an acoustic, bluegrass-inflected effort by both Kendall and her father Royce, who had been performing and recording together as the Kendalls since the 1970s. But Royce died not long after the sessions began, and the incomplete recordings were shelved for several years while Kendall took time off. When she returned to the studio to finish the album, she brought with her a host of friends and fans to help out; these include Alan Jackson (who contributes nice harmony vocals on "Timeless and True Love"), Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss (along with various members of Union Station), and Ricky Skaggs. But the best and, of course, most touching moments on the record are those in which Kendall is accompanied by the voice of her late father -- especially on the gorgeous "Train of Thought" and an otherwise rather workmanlike version of "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight." Jeannie Kendall's voice, always a joy to hear, has mellowed nicely as she's aged, and her solo debut treads a nice middle ground between new sounds and old, and between acoustic and electric flavors. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2003
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661040120
catalogNumber:
610401
Rank:
81787

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeannie Kendall   Primary Artist,Vocals
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Ricky Skaggs   Vocal Harmony
Rhonda Vincent   Vocal Harmony
Glen Duncan   Mandolin
Gary Prim   Piano
Barry Bales   Bass
Ron Block   Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Pat Flynn   Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Sonny Garrish   Dobro,pedabro
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Carl Jackson   Vocal Harmony
Alan Jackson   Vocals
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Jason Moore   Bass
Milton Sledge   Percussion
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Dan Tyminski   Guitar
Bruce Watkins   Guitar,Mandolin
Darrin Vincent   Vocal Harmony
Royce Kendall   Vocal Harmony
Cody Kilby   Guitar
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Allison Moorer   Vocal Harmony
Ron Stewart   Fiddle
Deanna Cox   Vocal Harmony
David Smith   Bass

Technical Credits

Jim Bessman   Liner Notes
Bob Bullock   Engineer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Alan Jackson   Duet
Tim Kish   Engineer
Rocky Schnaars   Engineer
Steve Chandler   Engineer
Steve Gulley   Duet
Brien Fisher   Producer
Union Station   Contributor
Buck Jarrell   Engineer
Mike Stults   Producer

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