Steve Goodman

Steve Goodman

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Steve Goodman's 1971 self-titled album marked the debut of a great new songwriter. "City of New Orleans," which was (then) soon to be a hit for Arlo Guthrie, is the obvious standout, and "You Never Even Call Me by My Name," later a country hit by David Allan Coe in a revised version, is also impressive,…  See more details below

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Steve Goodman's 1971 self-titled album marked the debut of a great new songwriter. "City of New Orleans," which was (then) soon to be a hit for Arlo Guthrie, is the obvious standout, and "You Never Even Call Me by My Name," later a country hit by David Allan Coe in a revised version, is also impressive, but "I Don't Know Where I'm Goin', but I'm Goin' Nowhere in a Hurry Blues" and "Would You Like to Learn Dance?" also show off different sides of this versatile talent. Versatility is the key here, as Goodman broke well out of the "folkie" tag to embrace pop, country, and arcane jazz, including not only his own compositions but also covers of songs by Hank Williams, Johnny Otis, and pal John Prine while utilizing a who's who of Nashville session musicians. Beyond the musical eclecticism, there was also a variety in tone, with gentle evocations of tenderness and humor alternating so that you didn't always know whether Goodman was serious or kidding. At a time when sensitive singer/songwriters were all the rage (a trend that probably earned Goodman his record contract), this was one guy who was at least as interested in picking an old country song as he was in baring his soul. [The 1999 reissue added two bonus tracks, "Election Year Rag," previously unissued in the U.S. and featuring Bob Dylan on piano, and the previously unreleased "Georgia Rag."]

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972451022
catalogNumber:
724510
Rank:
13874

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Goodman   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Kris Kristofferson   Background Vocals
John Prine   Background Vocals
Donnie Fritts   Organ
Grady Martin   Guitar
Ben Keith   Dobro,Guitar,Steel Guitar
Stephen Brunton   Percussion
Stephen Bruton   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kenny Buttrey   Percussion
Vassar Clements   Fiddle,Violin
Dennis Good   Trombone
Martha McCrory   Cello
Gene A. Mullins   Trombone
Billy Puett   Clarinet
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Billy Sanford   Banjo,Guitar
Bill Swofford   Background Vocals
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Pete Wade   Guitar
John "Bucky" Wilkin   Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Organ,Harmonica,Multi Instruments
William Pruett   Clarinet
Bucky Willkin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Gene Mullins   Trombone
David Briggs   Piano

Technical Credits

Kris Kristofferson   Producer
John Prine   Liner Notes
Grady Martin   Sound Effects,Contributor
Gene Eichelberger   Engineer
Norbert Putnam   Producer
David McGee   Liner Notes
Mike Ragogna   Reissue Producer
David Kessler   Art Direction,Redesign

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Steve Goodman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Steve Goodman's debut album is everything that Chicagoans expected, and more. An amazing mixture of dramatic balads and comic songs that will amaze and amuse. Of course, his most famous song here being "City Of New Orleans" which Woody Guthrie said was "the best damned train song" he'd ever heard - and was shocked that it was written by some little Jewish guy from the metropolis of Chicago! That song was covered by so many artists, its hard to count, and of course, was stolen for the title of the TV news/talk show "Good Morning, America"! My personal favourite song is The Dutchman, but this album has no weak links.