Out of the Ashes

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On her first new solo recording in more than 20 years, Jessi Colter shows the effects of time on her now-husky voice, offering poignant and pointed original songs delivered with the empathy and wisdom of another towering female artist who has lived life in full measure, blues giant Ruth Brown. This isn't merely a good record; it's the best record Colter's ever made, leaving her hit Capitol recordings of yore in the dust. Produced by Don Was who also sits in on stand-up bass and supported by a crack band that includes guitarist Reggie Young, pedal steel master Robbie Turner, sax player Jim Horn, and, most notably, pianist Barry Robertson, Colter effortlessly assays ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On her first new solo recording in more than 20 years, Jessi Colter shows the effects of time on her now-husky voice, offering poignant and pointed original songs delivered with the empathy and wisdom of another towering female artist who has lived life in full measure, blues giant Ruth Brown. This isn't merely a good record; it's the best record Colter's ever made, leaving her hit Capitol recordings of yore in the dust. Produced by Don Was who also sits in on stand-up bass and supported by a crack band that includes guitarist Reggie Young, pedal steel master Robbie Turner, sax player Jim Horn, and, most notably, pianist Barry Robertson, Colter effortlessly assays gospel, blues, and country styles as if to the manner born. Some of the most resonant moments have a gospel flavor, from the country-church treatment of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" to secular numbers washed in the spirit, such as the captivatingly textured "Out of the Rain" with hushed vocal cameos by Colter's late, lamented husband, Waylon Jennings, and Tony Joe White, plus house-wreckin' shouts from the Greater Apostolic Christ Temple Choir. On the sultry country ballad "You Took Me by Surprise," Robertson's baroque piano provides a gospel underpinning, just as it does on the album closer, "Please Carry Me Home," a whisper-to-a-scream entreaty co-written by Colter and son Shooter Jennings, who also contributes a searing, soul-baring vocal the likes of which we have not heard from him before. That's just scratching the surface. Out of the Ashes is one for the ages.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Out of the Ashes is Jessi Colter's first record in over 20 years. She took a few songs she had written to Don Was and asked him what he thought. His response was that he didn't know, but if she had ten of them, they'd record. Colter delivered the songs six of which she wrote herself, four she wrote with others, and two covers, and Was delivered on his promise. He is certainly her collaborator here, crafting a band and sound that keeps close to her outlaw country roots and yet brings out her newfound independence as an artist and as a woman. Out of the Ashes is an album about grieving and loss, yet embraces a new life that honors the past but is not trapped by it. The opening cut, "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," is a moving cover of the Charlie Gabriel-Civilla Martin gospel tune that puts God at the helm of the entire proceeding, from the place of loneliness to the rediscovery of sexuality and love in the songs that follow. The centerpiece of the record is "Out of the Rain," an older song that she wrote with Tony Joe White. White sings here, as does son Shooter Jennings and her local church's gospel choir. The big surprise is an old tape with Waylon's backing vocal on it that was spliced in here. It's a majestic track that is a classic outlaw ballad turned spiritual. One can hear the gratitude that comes from suffering in the grain of Colter's voice. She sings from experience, but also from freedom. White's duet vocal stands in contrast, slow, rumbling, and low, like a backwoods preacher getting ready to cut loose. The very next cut, "Velvet and Steel," is a rocking honky tonk number about a growing relationship that's not quite love, but well on the way, and the singer exhorts her partner not to be "a slow walking daddy" and to "take it to the limit," with Ray Herndon's backing vocal keeping it slippery and greasy. Colter's reading of Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" is sloppy, but it offers a nice context for her stepping out of the shadows. It predicts what people might feel about the widow of one of country music's icons putting herself back in the game and offers an answer. The dirty blues boogie of "You Can Pick 'Em" offers Colter's bona fide outlaw background and makes no apologies for calling her late husband's weaknesses. The ballad "Starman," with Colter's beautiful Fender Rhodes line driving it, offers a determined "no" to a male suitor. The piano-driven ballad "The Phoenix Rises" the cut before "Out of the Ashes" is gorgeous, with Jenny Lynn Young's cello accenting the refrains. It accepts the newness of life while asking hard questions. The set closes with Colter and Shooter's duet vocal on "Please Carry Me Home," which was previously released on Songs Inspired by the Passion of the Christ. With Lynn's cello and Colter's piano, the song places everything in a place of redemption and under the protection of Christ's love. Raw, immediate, and unlike anything one is likely to hear on country radio these days, Out of the Ashes is a great reflection of the music's tradition, from church pew to the barrom to the lovers' bedroom. Ray Kennedy's mix is nothing short of brilliant, and Was' production is lean and mean; there is no excess here. It is -- after all this time, and six previously celebrated offerings -- the record Colter has been waiting to make all her life and better than anyone ever had any right to expect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2006
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663976403
  • Catalog Number: 97640
  • Sales rank: 14,464

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 His Eye Is on the Sparrow (3:58)
  2. 2 You Can Pick 'Em (4:09)
  3. 3 Starman (4:37)
  4. 4 The Phoenix Rises (4:38)
  5. 5 Out of the Rain (4:47)
  6. 6 Velvet and Steel (4:46)
  7. 7 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (4:27)
  8. 8 You Took Me by Surprise (4:37)
  9. 9 So Many Things (2:57)
  10. 10 The Canyon (4:20)
  11. 11 Never Got Over You (3:55)
  12. 12 Please Carry Me Home - Shooter Jennings (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jessi Colter Primary Artist, Piano, Wurlitzer
Waylon Jennings Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ray Kennedy Organ, Bass, Percussion, Wurlitzer
Tony Joe White Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ritchie Albright Percussion, Drums
Jerry Bridges Bass
Ray Herndon Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jim Horn Saxophone
Barny Robertson Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Carter Robertson Background Vocals
Robby Turner Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Don Was Upright Bass
Reggie Young Electric Guitar
Jeff Hale Drums
Kurt Johnson Harmonica
Shooter Jennings Drums, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Greater Apostolic Christ Temple Choir Choir, Chorus
Jenny Lynn Young Cello
Joanna Robertson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Mastering
Bob Dylan Composer
Tony Joe White Composer
Jessi Colter Arranger, Composer
Sarah Brown Management
Ray Herndon Composer
Barny Robertson Engineer
Don Was Producer
Alan Cartee Engineer
Civilla D. Martin Composer
Steve Crowder Engineer
John Roberts & Tony Barrand Artwork
John Roberts Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
Shooter Jennings Composer, Producer
Mike Breen Engineer
Charles H. Gabriel Composer
Dan Gillis Management
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Jessi Colter rises from the ashes!

    Jessi Colter, as you may know, was the soulmate of Waylon Jennings and is the mother of Shooter Jennings. I came to her through her husband, albeit posthumously. Waylon, in his liner notes, kept referring to Jessi with such respect for her as a singer, not just his wife, that I finally ordered this CD. What a surprise and delight! The production and backup band are excellent, and the pacing and variety of songs perfect. Jessi's voice reminds me of Bonnie Raitt crossed with Karen Carpenter - the soul and sass of Bonnie, mixed with the purity and warmth of Karen. I played this CD over and over when I first received it. Highly recommended for fans of alt-country, Americana, singer/songwriter, and just plain old good music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She sounds like she's passing a kidney stone.

    Complete garbage, just awful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Long overdue!

    Excellent album from an often overlooked singer-songwriter. This is an album written out of grief and change that will resonate to a large audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    This CD is excellent. Words and music are well arranged and the variety of titles appeal to a wide range of audience. We have worn this one out at our house, kids love it...parents love it...grandpa digs it! I recommend this one highly. Jessee is fabulous!

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