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Small Town Family Dream
     

Small Town Family Dream

by Josh Abbott Band
 
It's tempting to view Josh Abbott as a half-generation-on version of Steve Earle. Abbott definitely fits into that wonderfully maverick line of Texas singers and songwriters that includes Earle, Terry Allen, and so many others. So, yeah, he sounds a lot like Earle sometimes, with tightly observed songs that tell the stories of small-town,

Overview

It's tempting to view Josh Abbott as a half-generation-on version of Steve Earle. Abbott definitely fits into that wonderfully maverick line of Texas singers and songwriters that includes Earle, Terry Allen, and so many others. So, yeah, he sounds a lot like Earle sometimes, with tightly observed songs that tell the stories of small-town, blue-collar Texas folks trying to deal with life, love, and the desperate pursuit of redemption and happiness. It's country, yes, but it's a quirky kind of country, often more like Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with fiddles and banjos than it is like George Strait. And as Abbott and his band's third album shows, when it works, it works very well. Small Town Family Dream is a concept album of sorts, detailing the romantic, economic, and restless lives born of growing up in a small Texas town. The first song here, "Idalou," literally introduces Abbott's hometown, and, full of chiming electric guitars, it races into stories detailing love, farming, and cutting loose in a small town, finally summing things up with the richly detailed title tune, "Small Town Family Dream." Somewhere in there Abbott manages to seamlessly stitch in covers of Terry Allen's "FFA" and "Flatland Farmer," both of which add a kind of welcome edginess to things. Abbott knows what he's doing. At this point, all he needs to do is to stay out of Nashville and keep doing it.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2012
Label:
Pretty Damn Tough
UPC:
0794504674927
catalogNumber:
467492
Rank:
54344

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Performance Credits

Josh Abbott Band   Primary Artist
Milo Deering   Mandolin
Rocky Gribble   Banjo
Tommy Young   Organ
Jerry Saracini   Drums
Josh Abbott   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bradley Knight   Organ
Erik Herbst   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Baritone,cowbell
Kacey Musgraves   Background Vocals
Preston Wait   Fiddle,Electric Guitar
Clay Corn   Organ
James Hertless   Bass,Background Vocals
Caleb Keeter   Electric Guitar
Austin Davis   Banjo
Ed Villanueva   Drums

Technical Credits

Bob Parr   Engineer
Jerry Saracini   Drum Technician
Josh Abbott   Composer
Erik Herbst   Producer,Engineer
Clementi   Composer
Brandon Rhyder   Composer
Clawson   Composer

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