Sad Songs & Waltzes

Sad Songs & Waltzes

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by Keith Whitley
     
 

Keith Whitley, who died of an alcohol overdose in 1989, at age 33, saw his legend take root during a five-year stint (beginning in 1978) as lead singer in J. D. Crowe and the New South. Sad Songs and Waltzes (whose title is taken from a Willie Nelson song bemoaning the state of contemporary country music) collects the original tenSee more details below

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Keith Whitley, who died of an alcohol overdose in 1989, at age 33, saw his legend take root during a five-year stint (beginning in 1978) as lead singer in J. D. Crowe and the New South. Sad Songs and Waltzes (whose title is taken from a Willie Nelson song bemoaning the state of contemporary country music) collects the original ten tracks from that forward-looking outfit's 1982 effort Somewhere Between and adds five previously unreleased cuts. The resulting collection underscores what a remarkable artist Whitley was, long before his subsequent chart-topping mainstream success. With new backing tracks produced by Crowe (who enlisted Dale Ann Bradley and Whitley acolyte Alison Krauss on backing vocals, along with such ace players as Jeff White and Hargus "Pig" Robbins), Sad Songs and Waltzes catches Whitley at his emotive finest, still echoing the phrasing and nuances of Merle Haggard as he was evolving his own distinctive style. The material here ranges from a bluegrass take on Tom T. Hall's "Another Town" to a hard-edged honky-tonk interpretation of Lefty Frizzell's "I Never Go Around Mirrors" to the classic country weeper "Long Black Limousine," and the young Whitley handles them all with the aplomb of a veteran stylist. Listen to the original, heart-tugging version of "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind" and you'll learn from whence George Strait gained some of his vocal savvy. Somewhere Between was one of the best country albums of 1982; Sad Songs and Waltzes comes out of nowhere to stand among this year's finest.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
The origins of Keith Whitley's "new traditionalist" roots are readily evident on Sad Songs and Waltzes, a collection of some of classic country's most prolific songwriters' grittiest contributions. Available for the first time on CD, this album pulls together tracks from Whitley's 1982 LP Somewhere Between and adds five previously unreleased songs, each filled with twang and heartache. Tastefully remixed by J.D. Crowe, the 15-song CD features Alison Krauss, Carl Jackson, and Diamond Rio's Gene Johnson and really captures the essence of Keith Whitley not only as a performer, but also as a true fan of country music.
Entertainment Weekly - Tony Scherman
...it’s good to have it on CD, especially with five previously unheard gems

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661039926
catalogNumber:
610399
Rank:
49672

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Whitley   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Doug Jernigan   Steel Guitar
Jordanaires   Background Vocals
Chris Whitley   Vocals
Gene Johnson   Vocal Harmony
Dale Ann Bradley   Vocal Harmony
Jimmy Carter   Electric Bass
J.D. Crowe   Vocal Harmony
Jimmy Gunn   Drums
Leo Jackson   Acoustic Guitar
Dirk Johnson   Piano
Kenny Malone   Drums
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Martin Parker   Drums
John Probst   Piano
Michael Rhodes   Electric Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Pete Wade   Electric Guitar
Jeff White   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Gulley   Vocal Harmony
Ricky Ray Rector   Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower   Vocal Harmony
Steve Bryant   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Lefty Frizzell   Composer
J.D. Crowe   Arranger,Producer
Don Gant   Producer
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Steve Chandler   Producer

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