Sad Songs & Waltzes

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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

...it’s good to have it on CD, especially with five previously unheard gems
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661039926
  • Catalog Number: 610399
  • Sales rank: 12,675

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Whitley Primary Artist
Alison Krauss Vocal Harmony
Doug Jernigan Steel Guitar
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Chris Whitley Vocals
Gene Johnson Vocal Harmony
Dale Ann Bradley Vocal Harmony
Steve Bryant Electric Bass
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
Technical Credits
Lefty Frizzell Composer
J.D. Crowe Arranger, Producer
Don Gant Producer
Denny Purcell Mastering
Sanger D. Schafer Composer
Robert K. Oermann Liner Notes
Steve Chandler Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    KEITH WHITLEY, ONE OF THE BEST

    This is a terrific CD. All good songs, and Keith Whitley is great. I would recommend this CD to everyone who loves country music.

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