Outlaw

Outlaw

by Mark Chesnutt
     
 
Though he arrived in Nashville during a different time period with the rest of the "new traditionalists," Mark Chesnutt was always a breed apart. His time with the majors netted him some hits, but he hasn't been recording for the biggies for eight years now. His independent records have been consistent, sticking close to his love for honky tonk and roots country. As a

Overview

Though he arrived in Nashville during a different time period with the rest of the "new traditionalists," Mark Chesnutt was always a breed apart. His time with the majors netted him some hits, but he hasn't been recording for the biggies for eight years now. His independent records have been consistent, sticking close to his love for honky tonk and roots country. As a title, Outlaw may be an outdated term in the industry, but Chesnutt doesn't care. On this 12 song-set recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Pete Anderson, Chesnutt pays tributes to the heroes of his youth, covering songs by Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Hank Williams, Jr., Guy Clark, David Allan Coe, Shel Silverstein, and others. All of these songs have been covered before and often, and Chesnutt doesn't do anything revolutionary with any of them -- and that's the point: perfection needs no improvement. Beginning with Shaver's "Black Rose," you can actually feel the presence of its author The sentiment expressed in Hank Jr.'s "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" is a reflection of the truth in a life lived rather than a party anthem. In Jennings' arrangement of Neil Young's "Ready for the Country" -- featuring dueling slide guitars and fiddles -- the listener can hear Waylon's ghost. The desolation in Kristofferson's "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)," the desolation, and the strain of pained memory and loss are not hinted at, they're expressed as grief bravely articulated. Chesnutt and Anderson have turned in a no-frills, solid, lean, mean, rocking, emotionally sincere tribute to the outlaw generation, which is, in many ways, an extension of Chesnutt's own persona; these guys were the reasons he got into the business in the first place.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2010
Label:
Saguaro Road Records
UPC:
0610583340228
catalogNumber:
25486
Rank:
63995

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Chesnutt   Primary Artist
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Pete Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Michael Murphy   Keyboards
Dennis Gurwell   French Accordion
Donny Reed   Fiddle
Bob "Boo" Bernstein   Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Ross   Drums
Amber Digby   Vocals
Sarah Watkins   Fiddle,Soloist

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer
David Allan Coe   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Pete Anderson   Arranger,Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Larry Latimer   Composer
Dennis Locorriere   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Kelly Williams   Producer
Bill Hoover   Composer
Mike Jason   Executive Producer
Olivia Kim   Editorial Research
Roger Alan Wade   Composer
Amber Digby   Duet
Doug Deveaux   Engineer
Ivy J. Bryant   Composer
Bobby Keel   Composer
Joe Ladd   Producer

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