Man of Steel

Man of Steel

by Freddie Roulette
     
 
You'd be hard-pressed to find another lap steel player like Fred Roulette. The man makes up his own rules on style, and wanders through whatever musical fields he fancies; on Man of Steel he ranges from Stax to jazz to Willie Nelson and even the "Endless Summer Theme," just to show he can do anything

Overview

You'd be hard-pressed to find another lap steel player like Fred Roulette. The man makes up his own rules on style, and wanders through whatever musical fields he fancies; on Man of Steel he ranges from Stax to jazz to Willie Nelson and even the "Endless Summer Theme," just to show he can do anything he pleases. Perhaps surprisingly, he's happy to take a back seat for much of the album, letting guest vocalists like David Lindley and Ken Emerson hog the limelight. But there's plenty of his playing, and he's particularly transcendent on the "Endless Summer Theme," where his steel drifts airily above a pair of guitars played in the slack key style. If there's one criticism of this album, it's that there's not enough of his singing. He's good -- very good, in fact -- as his work on the opener, "Breaking Up Somebody's Home" clearly proves, and it would have been good to have him at least singing backup on each track. But you take what you can get, and with playing as sublime as his, anything else is a bonus.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
Label:
Tradition & Moderne
UPC:
4015698663426
catalogNumber:
36

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Freddie Roulette   Primary Artist,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Henry Kaiser   Guitar
David Lindley   Vocals,Slide Guitar
Will Bernard   Guitar
John Hanes   Percussion,Drums
Kathy Kennedy   Background Vocals
Cary Sheldon   Background Vocals
Dave Jess   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Ken Emerson   Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Katie Guthorn   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Ry Cooder   Composer
Henry Kaiser   Producer
Mose Allison   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer
George Washington Phillips   Composer
Walt Breeland   Composer
Paul Buskirk   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Walter Georis   Composer
Timothy Matthews   Composer
Ernest Ranglin   Composer
Russ Titelman   Composer
Stephen Kupka   Composer
Andy Iona   Composer
John Blakely   Composer
Jesse Nichols   Engineer

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