Songs from Chippy

Songs from Chippy

     
 
Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Wayne Hancock, Robert Earl Keen, and Jo Carol Pierce provided and performed songs for the play Chippy, written by Jo Harvey Allen and Terry Allen on commission from the American Music Theater Festival in

Overview

Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Wayne Hancock, Robert Earl Keen, and Jo Carol Pierce provided and performed songs for the play Chippy, written by Jo Harvey Allen and Terry Allen on commission from the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia, where the show premiered in 1994. On this recording of the score, the singer/songwriters, backed by a Texas band featuring Lloyd Maines (Dobro, steel guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lap steel guitar), Richard Bowden (fiddle, mandolin), Glenn Fukunaga (bass), and Davis McLarty (drums), compete with each other to sound more like the successor to Hank Williams, cutting newly written traditional-sounding country tunes. Occasionally, Ely, Pierce, Jo Harvey Allen, and Barry Tubb recite bits of dialogue from the play, which seems to concern matters of prostitution, oil wells, and religion in Texas, although no clear sense of the plot comes out in the recording. Ely's "Cold Black Hammer" (for which he is credited with "Explosions, Pump Jack, Piano, Hisses, and Horns") veers into Tom Waits territory, while Keen and Butch Hancock's "Morning Goodness" comes off like "Afternoon Delight," just earlier in the day. The album is a minor entry in the discographies of the principal performers, but fans should look out for it.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/1994
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616160928
catalogNumber:
161609

Tracks

  1. Goodnight Dear Diary
  2. Across the Great Divide
  3. Chippy Narration
  4. Buildin' More Fires
  5. Wind's Gonna Blow You Away
  6. Gonna California  - Terry Allen
  7. Thunderstorms and Neon Signs
  8. Fate with a Capitol F  - Terry Allen
  9. The Way I Was Raised
  10. Cup of Tea
  11. Tongues
  12. Low Lights of Town
  13. I Blame God
  14. Oil Wells
  15. Cold Black Hammer
  16. Boomtown Boogie  - Jo Carol Pierce
  17. Back to Black
  18. Just Dancin'  - Barry Tubb
  19. Whiskey and Women and Money to Burn
  20. Morning Goodness
  21. Angels of the Wind  - Terry Allen
  22. Roll Around
  23. Goodnight

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Butch Hancock   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Joe Ely   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Piano,Horn,Track Performer,spanish guitar,Vocal Harmony,Finger Picking
Terry Allen   Dulcimer,Piano,Calliope,Vocals,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Kimmie Rhodes   Harmony
Jo Harvey Allen   Voices,Track Performer,Harmony
John Ely   Steel Guitar
Robert Earl Keen   Track Performer
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Harmony
Davis McLarty   Drums
Jo Carol Pierce   Voices,Track Performer
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
Wayne Hancock   Acoustic Guitar,Track Performer,Harmony
Barry Tubb   Track Performer,Harmony
Sharon Ely   Harmony
TJ McFarland   Harmony
Richard Bowden   Fiddle,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Butch Hancock   Composer,Contributor
Joe Ely   Composer,Producer,Contributor,Explosions
Terry Allen   Composer,Producer,Contributor,Art Direction
Jo Harvey Allen   Composer
Little Johnny Fader   Engineer
Robert Earl Keen   Composer
Charles Ray   Engineer
James Tuttle   Engineer
Jim Wilson   Engineer
Wayne Hancock   Composer
Maria DeGrassi   Artwork
Gary Turner   Executive Producer

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