Live at Billy Bob's Texas

Live at Billy Bob's Texas

by Gary Stewart
     
 

Other than reissues and best-of releases, Live at Billy Bob's Texas is Gary Stewart's first new album in a decade, and his first-ever live recording -- which seems odd for a performer whose songs seem to be tailor-made for live performance. In the 1970s, Stewart defined what was left of the true honky tonk tradition,…  See more details below

Overview

Other than reissues and best-of releases, Live at Billy Bob's Texas is Gary Stewart's first new album in a decade, and his first-ever live recording -- which seems odd for a performer whose songs seem to be tailor-made for live performance. In the 1970s, Stewart defined what was left of the true honky tonk tradition, and into the '80s and '90s continued to write and record quality material, but his style of country music had long fallen out of fashion and he fell into nearly complete obscurity. This is the album Stewart should have cut in the late '70s -- it's full of 16 stunning examples of what he does best: write and perform hardcore honky tonk country flawlessly with all the piss, vinegar, and passion that much younger men only wish they could muster. There are many Stewart-penned classics in this bunch, including "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)," "Flat Born Good Timin' Man," "Single Again," and "An Empty Glass (That's the Way the Day Ends)." Of the covers, Stewart's choices are impeccable: Wayne Carson's "Drinkin' Thing," Sterling Whipple's "In Some Room Above the Street," and one of the most moving versions of Danny O'Keefe's "Quits" ever captured on tape. Stewart's voice has actually gotten better with age, slightly lower and full of pathos, brokenness, and sheer hell-raising abandon. His band, though unforgivably not credited anywhere in the liner notes, is obviously rooted deep in Stewart's style of honky tonk country; pianos and pedal steel guitar dominate the proceedings and the rhythm section lays just behind the beat to let the guitars and voices fill the entirety of the space in the middle. The pedal steel player, whoever he is, deserves all the work he can handle for his tasteful, emotionally revealing fills that give Stewart that added ledge to step out on. Despite the fact that has been over 30 years since Stewart first appeared in Nashville, this debut live album numbers among his best. This is essential for fans and serves as a more-than-worthy primer for beginners.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2003
Label:
Smith Music Group
UPC:
0662582501520
catalogNumber:
5015
Rank:
58786

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Stewart   Primary Artist
John Gonzales   DJ

Technical Credits

Gary Stewart   Composer
Billy Burnette   Composer
Wayne Carson   Composer
Tom Jans   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Rory Michael Bourke   Composer
Jim Buchanan   Audio Technician,Video Technician
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Danny O'Keefe   Composer
Mary Lou Stewart   Composer
Paul Whitehead   Producer
Rick Smith   Producer,Executive Producer,Creation
Mary Anderson   Composer
Lynn Bailey   Engineer
Sterling Whipple   Composer
Bob Wright   Engineer
Jeffery Newberry   Operation,Stage Crew
Mike Stinnett   Engineer
Wayne Thompson   Composer
Carol Anderson   Composer
John Gonzales   Stage Crew
Randy Cole   Operation,Stage Crew
V.R. "Bear" Crossnoe   Engineer
A. J. Latterell   Lighting Director
Billy Minick   Executive Producer
Martin "Dirt" Stinnett   Monitor Engineer
Lisa M. Sutton   Art Direction
John Paul Buchanan   Camera Operator
Mischa Scorer   Composer
G. Stewart   Composer

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