On a Good Day

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Since Jude Johnstone writes and sings her own songs, it would be fairly easy to peg her as a typical singer/songwriter. But her soulful vocals and knack for writing down-to-earth lyrics seems to reach beyond the typical with On a Good Day. Johnstone never really belts out the words like Bonnie Raitt or Tony Price, but she delivers songs like the title track and "Deep Water" in a slow, Southern groove that recalls both singers. The languid pace allows her to wrap her voice around a song like "Old and Gray," bringing an emotional depth to the tender lyric. The piano-violin-bass-drum arrangements provide spare but resonant backing, allowing Johnstone plenty of cushion ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Since Jude Johnstone writes and sings her own songs, it would be fairly easy to peg her as a typical singer/songwriter. But her soulful vocals and knack for writing down-to-earth lyrics seems to reach beyond the typical with On a Good Day. Johnstone never really belts out the words like Bonnie Raitt or Tony Price, but she delivers songs like the title track and "Deep Water" in a slow, Southern groove that recalls both singers. The languid pace allows her to wrap her voice around a song like "Old and Gray," bringing an emotional depth to the tender lyric. The piano-violin-bass-drum arrangements provide spare but resonant backing, allowing Johnstone plenty of cushion to sing against, while a series of backup vocalists add nice touches here and there. All of these elements work together to bring out the best in each song. It also helps that Johnstone's lyrics are never pretentious or overly "deep" and vague. Story songs like "Evelyn" actually tell a story, while the soulful "Hold On" works as a simple ode to the human spirit. While it might have been nice if McDonnell had included more up-tempo songs, On a Good Day is nonetheless a nicely made album, filled with well-sung songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Bojak Records
  • UPC: 662582811322
  • Catalog Number: 8113
  • Sales rank: 173,779

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On a Good Day (4:07)
  2. 2 20 Years (3:59)
  3. 3 Hard Lessons (4:24)
  4. 4 Hold On (4:32)
  5. 5 In This House (3:36)
  6. 6 Old and Gray (3:39)
  7. 7 Evelyn (5:41)
  8. 8 Pen and Paper (3:38)
  9. 9 Deep Water (3:57)
  10. 10 Long Way Back (4:44)
  11. 11 The Hereafter (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jude Johnstone Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Rodney Crowell Vocals, Background Vocals
Jackson Browne Vocals, Background Vocals
Bonnie Raitt Vocals, Background Vocals
Julie Miller Vocals, Background Vocals
Charles Duncan Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Penny Whistle, Slide Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Mauricio-Fritz Lewak Drums, Surdo, Djembe
Kevin McCormick Bass Guitar
Mary Ramsey Violin, Viola
Marc Macisso Saxophone
Bob Liepman Cello
Charles Duncan Organ, Guitar
Technical Credits
Charles Duncan Programming, Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Jude Johnstone Composer, Producer, Graphic Design, Audio Production
Bill Lane Engineer
Buddy Miller Engineer
Brian Tankersley Mastering
Charles Duncan Audio Production
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