Road Runner

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Masterful guitarist that he is (winner of Guitar Player magazine's "Best Country Guitarist" for five years running), Albert Lee surprises no one with a CD's worth of playing that is both tasty, economical, and soul-enriched. This near-singular blend of qualities surfaces again and again, whether the song be the seven-minutes-plus instrumental exhibition of sturm-und-twang and jaw-dropping speed picking that is his self-penned "Payola Blues" or the moody, ringing fills he interjects amid the weeping pedal steel and brittle, stark banjo lines of Jimmy Webb's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress." For those who haven't been keeping tabs, though, Lee showcases an equally nimble ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Masterful guitarist that he is (winner of Guitar Player magazine's "Best Country Guitarist" for five years running), Albert Lee surprises no one with a CD's worth of playing that is both tasty, economical, and soul-enriched. This near-singular blend of qualities surfaces again and again, whether the song be the seven-minutes-plus instrumental exhibition of sturm-und-twang and jaw-dropping speed picking that is his self-penned "Payola Blues" or the moody, ringing fills he interjects amid the weeping pedal steel and brittle, stark banjo lines of Jimmy Webb's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress." For those who haven't been keeping tabs, though, Lee showcases an equally nimble facility on the 88s, pounding furiously à la Jerry Lee on the barnburner "Didn't Start Livin' " (with Beka Bramlett adding some sizzling blue-eyed-soul vocal backup) and tickling the ivories with grace and sensitivity on Richard Thompson's "Dimming of the Day," which is presented as a straightforward country tear-jerker. (Lee's daughter Alexandra's emotive vocals herald the arrival of gifted interpreter.) Moreover, Lee steps it up as a vocalist, too: Always powerful with a ballad, he swaggers with Delbert McClinton-like authority on the roadhouse rocker "Livin' It Down." Even at a concentrated ten cuts, Road Runner is a trip like no other.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
If Albert Lee fans have grown used to his commitment to a handful of good songs and extraordinary guitar work, then Road Runner will not disappoint. Lee and his band kick off with the title track, an easy-rolling rocker with a little vocal help from Buddy Miller. Lee follows with a solid set list that includes selections from John Hiatt, Leo Kottke, and Richard Thompson. These songs all receive tasteful renditions, but the real fun comes with uptempo fare like Billy Burnette and Tony Colton's "Didn't Start Livin'," and Delbert McClinton/Benmont Tench/Gary Nicholson's "Livin' It Down." It doesn't hurt that Lee has enlisted the talents of drummer Don Heffington, bassist Bob Glaub, and steel guitarist Buddy Emmons on Road Runner. Guest appearances by co-producer Steve Fishell on "Didn't Start Livin'" and "Rock of Your Love," along with guitarist Mark S. Cohen on the latter, also add something extra to these arrangements. One of the coolest exchanges on the album is between Lee and Emmons' guitar and steel for the last minute and a half on "Working on Love." Guitar freaks, of course, will enjoy the album, but so will country music fans looking for tuneful songs that fall somewhere between the rough edges of alternative country and the glitter of Nashville.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891401126
  • Catalog Number: 4011
  • Sales rank: 80,053

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Albert Lee Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Buddy Emmons Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar, Background Vocals
Bekka Bramlett Background Vocals
Steve Fishell Acoustic Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Bob Glaub Bass
Don Heffington Percussion, Drums
Buddy Miller Background Vocals
Jon Randall Background Vocals
Mark S. Cohen Acoustic Guitar
Alexandra Lee Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Delbert McClinton Composer
Leo Kottke Composer
John Hiatt Composer
Albert Lee Composer, Audio Production
Billy Burnette Composer
Robert Byrne Composer
Benmont Tench Composer
Tony Colton Composer
Bill Cooper Engineer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Lamont Dozier Composer
Steve Fishell Producer, Audio Production
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Mike Reid Composer
Dave Sinko Engineer
Keith Sewell Composer
Karen Kovar Lee Executive Producer
Niall Toner Composer
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