Poor Little Knitter on the Road: A Tribute to the Knitters

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
When X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka stepped out as the Knitters to explore their interest in country music, their efforts indirectly spawned the No Depression movement -- essentially, the group's lone album, 1985's Poor Little Critter on the Road, signified punk's return to its musical roots a half-decade before bands like Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks made such a move a genre unto itself. Poor Little Knitter on the Road celebrates the original album in style, assembling a dozen contemporary alt-country bands to re-create the record in its original running order; there's even a previously unreleased Knitters leftover, "Why Don't We Try Anymore," tacked on at the end for ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
When X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka stepped out as the Knitters to explore their interest in country music, their efforts indirectly spawned the No Depression movement -- essentially, the group's lone album, 1985's Poor Little Critter on the Road, signified punk's return to its musical roots a half-decade before bands like Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks made such a move a genre unto itself. Poor Little Knitter on the Road celebrates the original album in style, assembling a dozen contemporary alt-country bands to re-create the record in its original running order; there's even a previously unreleased Knitters leftover, "Why Don't We Try Anymore," tacked on at the end for good measure. Without a vast catalog of songs to draw from, the disc is far more consistent and focused than the standard tribute record, highlighted by pairings like Kelly Hogan and the Rock*A*Teens' scorching collaboration on "Someone Like You" and the Sadies' take on "Walkin' Cane," featuring Freakwater's Catherine Irwin; the Old 97s' "Cryin' But My Tears Are Far Away" even sports vocals from John Doe himself, guaranteeing -- in true country music tradition -- that the circle remains unbroken.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • UPC: 744302005225
  • Catalog Number: 20052

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Poor Little Critter on the Road (1:39)
  2. 2 Someone Like You (3:06)
  3. 3 Walkin' Cane - Catherine Irwin (2:48)
  4. 4 Silver Wings (3:53)
  5. 5 Poor Old Heartsick Me - Ground Speed (2:38)
  6. 6 The New World - The Blacks (2:33)
  7. 7 Cryin' But My Tears Are Far Away - Old 97's (4:08)
  8. 8 Love Shack - Anna Fermin & Friends (3:03)
  9. 9 The Call of the Wreckin' Ball (3:51)
  10. 10 Trail of Time (3:12)
  11. 11 Baby out of Jail - 99 Tales (2:50)
  12. 12 Rock Island Line (4:19)
  13. 13 Why Don't We Try Anymore (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Exene Cervenka Vocals
John Doe Vocals
The Knitters Track Performer
Paul K. national steel guitar
Ed Black Pedal Steel Guitar
Todd Butler Steel Guitar
Sean Dean Bass, Standup Bass
Kelly Hogan Vocals, Background Vocals
Lorne Rall Bass
Vincent Martini Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Whiskeytown Track Performer
D.J. Bonebrake Drums
Mike Daly Dulcimer, Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Kim Williams Bass, Vocals
Robbie Fulks Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Track Performer
The Handsome Family Track Performer
Rhett Miller Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Trailer Bride Track Performer
Mike Belitsky Drums
Willie Wall Guitar
Ryan Adams Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron
Murry Hammond Bass, Vocals
Devil in a Woodpile Track Performer
Catherine Irwin Vocals
Ken Bethea Guitar, Accordion
Philip Peeples Drums
Melissa Swingle Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Johnny Ray Bartel Upright Bass
Jon Rauhouse Pedal Steel Guitar
Danny Black Guitar, Vocals
Gina Black Bass, Vocals, Upright Bass
James Emmenegger Drums
Dallas Good Guitar, Vocals
Travis Good Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Ninety Nine Tales Track Performer
Anna Fermin Vocals
Nora O'Connor Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Mike Bulington Drums
Tom V. Ray Standup Bass
Rick "Cookin'" Sherry Bass Drums, Vocals, Harmonia
Brad Goolsby Drums
Scott Goolsby Guitar
Daryl White Bass, Standup Bass
George Goehl Banjo, Guitar, Soloist
Sean Schroeder Guitar
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Dave Alvin Composer
John Doe Composer
Steve Albini Engineer
A. Delmore Composer
David Domanich Producer
Rob Gal Producer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Rob Miller Liner Notes
Mark Schwarz Producer
Old 97's Producer
Helen Carter Composer
Trailer Bride Producer
Scott Ramsayer Engineer
Alan Weatherhead Producer
Caitlin Cary Hook
Dan Massey Contributor
Danny Black Producer
M.J.R. Mastering
Kevin McDonough Producer
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