Living the Good Life

Living the Good Life

by Rodney Hayden
     
 

On his sophomore album, Hayden solidifies his reputation as an artist of significant ability and, just as important, integrity. The songs on Living the Good Life present nostalgic, soft-focus images of small-town life with the emphasis more on affection for places and people than on outlaw pretensions. "Goodbye to My Hometown" in…  See more details below

Overview

On his sophomore album, Hayden solidifies his reputation as an artist of significant ability and, just as important, integrity. The songs on Living the Good Life present nostalgic, soft-focus images of small-town life with the emphasis more on affection for places and people than on outlaw pretensions. "Goodbye to My Hometown" in particular bears comparison to Bruce Springsteen's "My Home Town" in its spare, evocative eloquence. The instrumentation is consistent with this lyrical orientation with fiddles, lap steel, and Dobro used tastefully and effectively; only "Son of a Rolling Stone" allows a gritty, rock-inflected guitar solo, and that one blows by pretty fast. These elements perfectly complement Hayden's dusty twang; without giving the impression that he is trying to be something other than what he is, the young singer knows how to bring life to homespun words and well-crafted melodies, as he does without fail on each of these tracks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Audium Entertainment
UPC:
0684038818525
catalogNumber:
8185

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rodney Hayden   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mike Auldridge   Dobro
Earl Poole Ball   Piano,Electric Piano
Danny Barnes   Banjo
Rich Brotherton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (Electric Baritone)
David Grissom   Electric Guitar
Ronnie Huckaby   Piano
Marty Muse   Pedal Steel Guitar
Riley Osbourne   Organ,Piano
Mark Patterson   Drums
Redd Volkaert   Electric Guitar
Bobby Flores   Fiddle
Tom Van Schaik   Percussion,Drums
Bill Whitbeck   Bass
John Schattenberg   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Tracy Byrd   Composer
Slaid Cleaves   Composer
Rich Brotherton   Producer
Robert Earl Keen   Composer
Clay Blaker   Composer
Steve Starnes   Engineer
Bobby Flores   String Arrangements
Bill Whitbeck   Composer
Rodney Hayden   Composer,Liner Notes

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