Live

Live

by Charlie Robison
     
 

You can practically smell the spilled beer and nachos throughout this second live album from the poet laureate of Hill Country hangovers. Aside from the last track, Live was recorded at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, well within the corona of Austin, with Robison at the peak of his laconic powers. Backed by his band, the Enablers, he…  See more details below

Overview

You can practically smell the spilled beer and nachos throughout this second live album from the poet laureate of Hill Country hangovers. Aside from the last track, Live was recorded at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, well within the corona of Austin, with Robison at the peak of his laconic powers. Backed by his band, the Enablers, he takes his time with songs that generally flow lazily past, slicked by a mix of Lone Star and steel guitar. Several tracks stand out: Some, such as the foot-stomp, Irish-inspired "John O'Reilly," ring like alarm bells and briefly shatter the sodden reverie. Others provide goofball interludes, especially "Life of the Party," whose grade-school scatology is more endearing than offensive. And there are moments that approach poetry, especially on Robison's rendition of his brother's "Tonight," whose evocation of teenage life in a tiny Texas town is as vivid as any scene you might choose from The Last Picture Show. As for that last song, "Walter," a case could be made that this crisply produced coda, cut with a bunch of studio pros in Nashville, should have been saved for some upcoming project. It's too much of an anomaly here -- a bit too polished. It's good, but hell, it ain't Live.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998678729
catalogNumber:
86787

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Robison   Primary Artist
Keith Robinson   Drums
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Kim Deschamps   Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Tony Harrell   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Greg Morrow   Drums
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Mandocello,national steel guitar
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass
Kevin Carroll   Guitar
Scott Esbeck   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Ted Nugent   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Blake Chancey   Producer
Don Cobb   Mastering
Eddie Curtis   Composer
Bobby Emmons   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer
Greg Morrow   Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Bruce Robison   Composer
Charlie Robison   Composer,Producer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Elizabeth Sledge   Contributor
Angus Young   Composer
Malcolm Young   Composer
Phil Barnett   Digital Editing
Marina Chavez   Tray Photo
Bob Wright   Producer,Engineer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Tony Castle   Engineer
Eric Conn   Mastering
Jay Knowles   Composer
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development
Mel Eubanks   Engineer
Cory Mayo   Composer

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