Jeannie Kendall

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661040120
  • Catalog Number: 610401
  • Sales rank: 92,411

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
Toby Mountain Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stellar musicianship and beautiful vocals with Jeannie's divine voice always out front

    Many remember The Kendalls. In this duo with her father (the late Royce Kendall), Jeannie Kendall had a strings of hits (like "Leavin' on a Jet Plane," "Pittsburgh Stealers," "You'd Make an Angel Wanna Cheat," "I'm Already Blue," "Teach Me To Cheat," "Sweet Desire," "Thank God for Radio"). Their "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" was a number one country hit, crossed over to the pop chart in 1977, won a Grammy and took home the CMA Record of the Year award. The Kendalls' unique harmony gave them a contemporary sound with enough traditional flavor to win them many fans. Jeannie now steps into the spotlight with her first solo album, an all acoustic country and bluegrass project. Although her father passed away at age 64 in 1998, he is included on two cuts ("I Wonder Where You Are Tonight" and "Train of Thought"). The former is a straight-ahead presentation, but not hard-driving, high and lonesome. Besides Dan Tyminski, Adam Steffey, Barry Bales and Rob Ickes, other sterling guests include Ricky Skaggs, Stuart Duncan, Alan Jackson, Carl Jackson, Rhonda and Darrin Vincent, Pat Flynn, Bryan Sutton, Allison Moorer, and Ron Stewart. Percussion is offered by Kenny Malone or Milton Sledge on all but one cut, "Jack and Lucy," a duet that Jeannie sings with Steve Gulley. Another special duet on the project is a remake of the 1988 McCarter's hit, "Timeless and True Love," sung by Jeannie with Alan Jackson. Laurie Lewis' hit, "Love Chooses You," is arranged with angelic vocals of Jeannie singing with Rhonda and Darrin Vincent. The same trio harmonize on "The Color of Her Eyes," a beautiful song written by Mike Stults. Jeannie sings with Alison Krauss on another Laurie Lewis song, "Old Friends." This project began back in 1998 when Jeannie and Royce Kendall started recording an acoustic project with Alison Krauss' band, Union Station. It has taken four years and various recording sessions to bring the album to completion, but that is to our advantage because there is a lot of variety on this album. I wouldn't have minded hearing banjo on at least one or two cuts. Even if soft-driving banjo-less bluegrass with a country twist, light percussion and piano, may not be your main cup of bluegrassy tea, you'll find songs to peak your interest and grab your attention on this project. The choice of acoustic country material is excellent, with a nice mix of covers and new material. Every song is given a unique Jeannie Kendall treatment and arrangement, but they all have certain elements in common: stellar musicianship and beautiful vocals with Jeannie's divine voice always out front. I am very pleased to see such professional productions of this quality in the acoustic music market. This album deserves a place in your collection, and I hope to hear its tracks frequently on the country, bluegrass and Americana radio airwaves. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Like a fine wine

    Have loved the Kendall's over the years, but Jeannie has just gotten better and better. So glad to have her recording again!!

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