No Kinda Dancer [Bonus Tracks]by Robert Earl Keen Jr.
Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen, Jr., is joined by a couple of compatriots on No Kinda Dancer, co-writing "The Front Porch Song" with Lyle Lovett and "Swervin' in My Lane" with Nanci Griffith. (Griffith provides a countermelody lyric that she obligingly sings herself.) These partnerships are appropriate, since Keen has/i>/a>… See more details below
Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen, Jr., is joined by a couple of compatriots on No Kinda Dancer, co-writing "The Front Porch Song" with Lyle Lovett and "Swervin' in My Lane" with Nanci Griffith. (Griffith provides a countermelody lyric that she obligingly sings herself.) These partnerships are appropriate, since Keen has something of Griffith's close sense of observation of Texas people and scenery, and something of Lovett's off-kilter sense of humor. Most of the arrangements employ bluegrass instrumentation, over which Keen sings in a sonorous tenor, revealing himself as an unreliable narrator who is well meaning, but susceptible to drink and wayward behavior. That narrator interacts with some other colorful characters who are sometimes funny and sometimes touching, making for a unique world-view that is also identifiably Texas-oriented. The 2004 reissue on KOCH includes three more appropriate additions, among them "The Coldest Day of Winter," a love story ending in romantic death, and "The Vacuum Cleaner Song," an absurd set of reflections on life, furniture, and cleaning instruments.
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- Koch Records
Performance CreditsRobert Earl Keen Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Nanci Griffith Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lyle Lovett Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Ely Pedal Steel Guitar
Fred Gumaer Drums
Dan Huckabee Dobro
Paul Sweeney Mandolin
Denice Franke Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dan Augustine Tuba
Mike Landschoot Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Phil Richey Trumpet
Bill Schas Trombone
Elliott Rogers Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Hagan Cello
Robert Pool Bass Guitar
Technical CreditsNanci Griffith Composer
Lyle Lovett Composer
David Glasser Reissue Producer
Dan Huckabee Executive Producer
Robert Earl Keen Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Larry Seyer Engineer
Dan Augustine Horn Arrangements
J.D. Hutchinson Liner Notes
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This is the most relaxing of all REK's CDs. Any album featuring ''This Ol' Porch'' is sure to be a winner. This album will bring back some memories.
I really enjoyed this CD, when ever I'm driving for any long distances, I always play it to get me pepped!