Pilgrimage

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All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
There comes a time in every person's life when he or she sits back to take stock; Pilgrimage represents that moment for Larry Gatlin. One of the pioneers of country-pop in the '70s, Gatlin returns to those roots here, delivering an album that ironically, when compared to his shiny-sounding late-aughts Nashville musical descendants, sounds positively down-home. Woven throughout the record are short spoken word interludes in which Gatlin reflects upon his musical journey and his creative and personal relationships with elder legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Roger Miller. The disc's title is a reference to Gatlin's 1973 debut album, The Pilgrim, and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Pemberton Roach
There comes a time in every person's life when he or she sits back to take stock; Pilgrimage represents that moment for Larry Gatlin. One of the pioneers of country-pop in the '70s, Gatlin returns to those roots here, delivering an album that ironically, when compared to his shiny-sounding late-aughts Nashville musical descendants, sounds positively down-home. Woven throughout the record are short spoken word interludes in which Gatlin reflects upon his musical journey and his creative and personal relationships with elder legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Roger Miller. The disc's title is a reference to Gatlin's 1973 debut album, The Pilgrim, and the new album shares that record's matching of traditional, finely crafted country songwriting with smooth vocal harmonies and pop-style instrumental textures reminiscent of country-rockers such as the Eagles and Poco. On "Say Nashville -- Whadda Ya Say?," Gatlin recognizes the changing times and explicitly asks fans for acceptance, while "Sweet Becky Walker" is a fairly straightforward, and perhaps more vibrant-sounding, recutting of the Texas native's first hit single, bringing his career full circle. Perhaps the most poignant moment, however, is the song "Johnny Cash Is Dead (And His House Burned Down)," which at once pays tribute to the master while encouraging young bucks to aspire to Cash's legacy. Throughout, Gatlin and his brothers sound re-energized and confident, and as a result deliver one of the most consistent, engaging, and soulful albums of their career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 715187915329
  • Catalog Number: 79153
  • Sales rank: 20,772

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band Primary Artist
Larry Gatlin Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar
Buddy Emmons Pedal Steel Guitar
Kris Kristofferson Vocal Harmony
Dennis Crouch Upright Bass
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
John Gardner Drums
Rudy Gatlin Acoustic Guitar
Steve Gatlin Bass Guitar
Tony Harrell Piano
Jamie Hartford Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Hoot Hester Fiddle, Mandolin
John Hobbs Piano
Dirk Johnson Piano, Hammond Organ
Danny Parks Electric Guitar
Larry Paxton Bass Guitar
George Perilli Percussion, Drums
Michael Rhodes Bass Guitar
Randy Scruggs Acoustic Guitar
Joe Spivey Mandolin
Jeff Taylor Accordion
Wanda Vick Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin
Kristin Wilkinson Violin, Viola
Bob Marinelli Bass Guitar
Jimmy Nichols Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ
Bobby Terry Gut String Guitar
Pat Bergeson Harmonica
Rick Lonow Drums
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Marshall Hall Vocal Harmony
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Chuck Turner Percussion
Tommy Harden Percussion, Drums
Steven Sheehan Acoustic Guitar
Michael "Smitty" Smith Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Darrell Smith Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Larry Gatlin Composer, Producer
Lari White Engineer, Duet
Terry Choate Producer
Rudy Gatlin Vocal Arrangements
Dennis Ritchie Engineer
Ed Seay Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson String Arrangements
Krish Sharma Engineer
Jon Randall Composer
Wayne Brezinka Illustrations
Leslie Satcher Composer, Producer
Richard Barrow Engineer
John Carter Cash Liner Notes
Doug Johnson Producer
Luke Wooten Producer, Engineer
Chuck Turner Engineer
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