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Mark Twain: Words & Music

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Mark Twain's Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal has released a celebration of Twain's life and work that, if a bit muted and careful, is a pleasing journey through the world of Twain, author of the greatest novel in the American literary canon, Huckleberry Finn, a novel whose themes of class, race, and freedom continue to be central concerns of 21st century America. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, with Clint Eastwood providing the voice of Twain and Jimmy Buffett giving voice to Huck Finn, and music contributions from country and bluegrass musicians Emmylou Harris, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and lone pop participant Sheryl Crow, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Mark Twain's Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal has released a celebration of Twain's life and work that, if a bit muted and careful, is a pleasing journey through the world of Twain, author of the greatest novel in the American literary canon, Huckleberry Finn, a novel whose themes of class, race, and freedom continue to be central concerns of 21st century America. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, with Clint Eastwood providing the voice of Twain and Jimmy Buffett giving voice to Huck Finn, and music contributions from country and bluegrass musicians Emmylou Harris, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and lone pop participant Sheryl Crow, it all adds up to a scrubbed-up and shiny version of Twain's life and thoughts, many of which still sound wise and astute in a contemporary America that Twain undoubtedly would have recognized from his own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • Label: Mailboat Records
  • UPC: 610696418296
  • Catalog Number: 4182
  • Sales rank: 87,015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 "Hello Yourself, And See How You Like It..." - Andy Leftwich (1:24)
  2. 2 When Halley Came To Jackson - Emmylou Harris (3:10)
  3. 3 "Hannibal, Missouri, Where My Boyhood Was Spent..." - Andy Leftwich (6:27)
  4. 4 Better Times A' Comin' - Quicksilver (2:37)
  5. 5 "He Agreed to Teach Me the Mississippi River..." - Carl Jackson (3:44)
  6. 6 Run Mississippi - Rhonda Vincent (2:59)
  7. 7 "Several Years Of Variegated Vagabondizing..." - Carl Jackson (2:28)
  8. 8 A Cowboy In His Soul - Bradley Walker (3:56)
  9. 9 "It Liberates The Vandal To Travel..." - Carl Jackson (1:50)
  10. 10 Safe Water - Carl Jackson (3:36)
  11. 11 "You Ain't Ever To Love Anybody But Me..." - Carl Jackson (2:05)
  12. 12 I Wandered By A Brookside - Church Sisters (3:36)
  13. 13 "It Was A Mighty Nice Family..." - Carl Jackson (3:49)
  14. 14 Beautiful Dreamer - Sheryl Crow (2:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 "Don't Scrunch Up Like That, Huckleberry..." - Carl Jackson (2:11)
  2. 2 Huck Finn Blues - Brad Paisley (5:36)
  3. 3 "Th Crows Would Gather on the Railing and Talk About Me..." - Carl Jackson (2:49)
  4. 4 Indian Crow - Marty Raybon (3:38)
  5. 5 "So Wounded, So Broken-Hearted..." - Carl Jackson (2:31)
  6. 6 Love Is On Our Side - Val Storey (3:50)
  7. 7 "Wheresoever She Was, There Was Eden..." - Carl Jackson (2:18)
  8. 8 I Know You By Heart - Vince Gill (3:58)
  9. 9 "My Conscience Got A Stirring Me Up Hotter Than Ever..." - Rob Ickes (3:21)
  10. 10 Ink - Joe Diffie (4:32)
  11. 11 "Th Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration..." - Carl Jackson (1:28)
  12. 12 Comet Ride - Ricky Skaggs (2:52)
  13. 13 "Th Truth, Mainly..." - Catherine Marx (2:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doyle Lawson Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Ricky Skaggs Vocals
Rhonda Vincent Vocals
Joe Diffie Vocals
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Jimmy Buffett Vocals
Sheryl Crow Vocals
Garrison Keillor Narrator
Vince Gill Vocals
Kevin Grantt Bass
Rob Ickes Dobro, Weissenborn
Carl Jackson Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Vocals, Background Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal), Gut String Guitar
Dale Perry Banjo
Johnny Rawls Banjo
Marty Raybon Vocals
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Joey Martin Tenor (Vocal)
Jerry Salley Background Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Creasman Percussion, Drums
Sonya Isaacs Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Val Storey Vocals
Brad Paisley Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Andy Leftwich Fiddle
Catherine Marx Synthesizer, Piano
Bradley Walker Vocals
Josh Swift Dobro, Tenor (Vocal)
Cia Cherryholmes Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Clint Eastwood Vocals
Corey Hensley Vocals
Angela Lovell Vocals
Savannah Church Vocals
Sarah Church Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Joe Diffie Engineer
Tish Hinojosa Composer
Danny Wilson Composer
Mary Chapin Carpenter Composer
Carl Jackson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Writer, Executive Producer
Eve Nelson Composer
Diane Scanlon Composer
Carlos Martin Engineer
Jim Rushing Composer
Jerry Salley Composer, Writer
Lee Groitzsch Engineer
Cal Veale Composer
Richard Barrow Engineer
Luke Wooten Mastering
Bryan Kennedy Composer
Traditional Composer
Jim Smith Engineer
Barbara Berry Composer
Tony Wood Composer, Writer
Noah Smith Engineer
Kyle Manner Engineer
Emily Hayes Composer
Don Poythress Composer, Writer
John "Hip-Hop" Caldwell Engineer
Daniel D. Emmett Composer
Cindy Lovell Writer, Executive Producer
Stephen Earl Foster Composer
Priscilla Houliston Composer, Writer
Kenall Marcy Engineer
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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    Remarkable! The perfect gift for anyone!

    This 2-CD biography of Mark Twain is unlike anything you've ever heard. Part story, part song, the album chronicles Twain's life with Clint Eastwood as Twain, Jimmy Buffett playing Huckleberry Finn, and the voice of Prairie Home Companion - Garrison Keillor - narrating. There is a small passage of Twain's daughter played by Angela Lovell. Excerpts by Twain tell his life story with perfectly selected songs to correspond with each. Emmylou Harris opens with a song about Halley's comet, which was visible when Twain was born and later when he died. Ricky Skaggs sings the closing song, "Comet Ride," which sums up Twain's life. Every word and every song is simply perfect. The music is flawless and includes Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley among others. I loved listening to the story and each song really added to the overall narrative. This is a brilliant way to illustrate a writer's life - using his actual words and then playing a song that goes with that particular aspect. I have to confess that I cried twice. Twain's life did have some heartaches. But I also laughed and enjoyed the lighter moments. I received this as a gift and can't wait to share it with others. Also, it comes with a beautiful book attached that includes stories, lyrics and amazing pictures. This should win a stack of Grammy awards. It is my favorite CD!

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