My Kind of Country/I Just Came Home to Count the Memories

My Kind of Country/I Just Came Home to Count the Memories

by Cal Smith
     
 
Cal Smith was just past the peak of his commercial success when the albums My Kind of Country (from 1975) and I Just Came Home to Count the Memories (from 1977) came out. They're combined onto one CD with historical liner notes on this reissue; although they didn't come out consecutively, the 1976 album Jason's Farm coming between the pair. Smith

Overview

Cal Smith was just past the peak of his commercial success when the albums My Kind of Country (from 1975) and I Just Came Home to Count the Memories (from 1977) came out. They're combined onto one CD with historical liner notes on this reissue; although they didn't come out consecutively, the 1976 album Jason's Farm coming between the pair. Smith isn't going to win big critical accolades (nor should he), but these albums are slickly produced vehicles for his calm vocals, which are almost the prototype of the low, almost-spoken, drawling style common to many successful male country singers. My Kind of Country was the more commercially successful of the two, reaching the country Top 20, about half the material coming from Don Wayne or Conway Twitty (who wrote "Linda on My Mind" and "Games That Daddies Play"). Sentimental ballads alternate with more palatable earthier, fairly upbeat tunes, "Linda on My Mind" almost sounding like a down-and-dirty blues in this context. Wayne and Twitty also penned tunes, though to a lesser extent, on I Just Came Home to Count the Memories, which might be a bit looser and less glossy, even making room for an Eagles cover, "After the Thrill Is Gone." The Tex-Mex-ish "Anita You're Dreaming," co-written by Waylon Jennings, is a highlight of another set that verges on the low-key in the extreme.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
Label:
Hux Records
UPC:
0682970001203
catalogNumber:
120

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cal Smith   Primary Artist
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bill Pursell   Piano
Jerry Smith   Piano
Troy Seals   Rhythm Guitar
Byron Bach   Cello
Brenton Banks   Violin
Harold Bradley   Rhythm Guitar
Jim Buchanan   Fiddle
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Marvin Chantry   Viola
Chip Young   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Roy Christensen   Cello
Jim Colvard   Guitar
Shane Keister   Electric Piano
Ray Edenton   Rhythm Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Sheldon Kurland   Violin
Mike Leech   Bass
Kenny Malone   Drums
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Dale Sellers   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Bass,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
John Williams [double bass]   Bass
Reggie Young   Guitar
Jimmy Colvard   Rhythm Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass
Larrie Londin   Drums
Terranova   Violin
David Briggs   Piano
Carl Gorodetsky   Violin
Nashville Sounds   Background Vocals
Joe Halterman   Background Vocals
Steven Smith   Violin
Helen Chanco   Background Vocals
Dennis Digby   Background Vocals
Troy Seais   Rhythm Guitar
Bob Emmons   Electric Piano
Gary Venoedalo   Viola
George Dinkley   Violin

Technical Credits

Waylon Jennings   Composer
Conway Twitty   Composer
Don Henley   Composer
Max D. Barnes   Composer
Jimmy Payne   Composer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Walter Haynes   Composer,Producer
Dave Kirby   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Eddie Setser   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer
Don Bowman   Composer
Fred Lehner   Composer
Don Wayne   Composer
Jon Philibert   Liner Notes
Glenn Martin   Composer
Glenn Ray   Composer
Jerry McBee   Composer

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