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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Country-gospel-blues singer Tracy Nelson takes a cue from Johnny Cash and B.B. King by heading to prison to record her first live album. Few singers belt out songs with as much husky power and gutsy intensity as Nelson, and the surroundings lend themselves to performances of Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth" and Big Bill Broonzy's "I Feel So Good" that rank with her most impassioned work. A full band, including horns and a female backing vocalist, churns up exciting arrangements, and everyone seems to have been inspired by the audiences at these shows. Recorded in front of two separate crowds divided by gender, the enthusiastic response pushes Nelson and her band to superb ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Country-gospel-blues singer Tracy Nelson takes a cue from Johnny Cash and B.B. King by heading to prison to record her first live album. Few singers belt out songs with as much husky power and gutsy intensity as Nelson, and the surroundings lend themselves to performances of Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth" and Big Bill Broonzy's "I Feel So Good" that rank with her most impassioned work. A full band, including horns and a female backing vocalist, churns up exciting arrangements, and everyone seems to have been inspired by the audiences at these shows. Recorded in front of two separate crowds divided by gender, the enthusiastic response pushes Nelson and her band to superb heights. Guitarist Sam Stafford is particularly fiery, especially playing slide on "I Feel So Good." Incendiary versions of Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" and Bessie Smith's "Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair," the latter obviously custom-picked for this audience, elicit a rowdy response that is channeled back into Nelson's set. Even run-of-the-mill swamp rockers such as "Be Good to Me Baby," "Strongest Weakness," and "Got a New Truck" -- the latter co-written with Marcia Ball -- are elevated by Nelson's attack. The straight-ahead country of "After the Fire Is Gone" turns into a near gospel frenzy, as does a cover of Lyle Lovett's partly humorous "God Will." There are few singers with a voice as naturally passionate as Tracy Nelson's, and none who effortlessly combine genres with such skill. The album makes a case for more live shows to be recorded in prisons, and is a worthy successor to those that already have been.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: Memphis Int'l
  • UPC: 823862000625
  • Catalog Number: 206
  • Sales rank: 155,769

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tracy Nelson Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Vickie Carrico Background Vocals
Toni Sehulster Electric Bass
Jim Spake Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Shane Stafford Guitar
Scott Thompson Trumpet
Charlie Wood Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
Willie Nelson Liner Notes
Tracy Nelson Liner Notes
Eric Kaz Composer
William Floyd Live Mixing
Brad Blackwood Mastering
Kevin Houston Engineer
David Less Producer, Liner Notes
Brooke Barnett Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tracy blows the roof off again!

    This live album actually does justice to Tracy Nelson's powerful voice, not an easy thing to do. The vocals are out in front, just where they should be, and the selection of tunes is superb. Tracy has been my favorite singer for 30+ years, and this CD is a must have. I still can't understand why she isn't famous, with one of the finest voices ever to grace the planet. If you love the blues, buy this CD!

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