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Straight from the Heart

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After five long years, Daryle Singletary returns to recording. From the sound of Straight from the Heart, it's like he never left. Singletary has been called many things since the idle 1990s when he began his singing career -- "new traditionalist", "neo-traditionalist", etc. -- yet he comes from a different, harder stock of vocalist: he stands tall in the great honky tonk lineage of singers like Ernest Tubb, George Jones, early Ray Price, Merle Haggard, and Buck Owens. The song choices on this set are a mix of modern tunes and country music standards -- Hag's "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down," Jones' "These Days I Barely Get By" and "We're Gonna Hold On" in duet with Rhonda ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After five long years, Daryle Singletary returns to recording. From the sound of Straight from the Heart, it's like he never left. Singletary has been called many things since the idle 1990s when he began his singing career -- "new traditionalist", "neo-traditionalist", etc. -- yet he comes from a different, harder stock of vocalist: he stands tall in the great honky tonk lineage of singers like Ernest Tubb, George Jones, early Ray Price, Merle Haggard, and Buck Owens. The song choices on this set are a mix of modern tunes and country music standards -- Hag's "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down," Jones' "These Days I Barely Get By" and "We're Gonna Hold On" in duet with Rhonda Vincent, Hank Cochran's "Miami, My Amy," Harlan Howard's nugget "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" with Ricky Skaggs, and Bob Altman's "Black Sheep" with John Anderson, among others. And for the record, he does these songs straight; he has no need to change an arrangement when his voice is so deep and pure. Certainly the production is a bit on the technological side, but that's the way things are done now, and these are not meant to be archival imitative recordings: they are new readings of heritage material. Singletary's got enough worldliness in the grain of his delivery to make these songs as relevant now as they were when they were first recorded, and enough chutzpah not to sound overly reverent, either. Straight from the Heart is a fine hardcore country music comeback from a truly great singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2007
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351620125
  • Catalog Number: 6201
  • Sales rank: 80,220

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daryle Singletary Primary Artist
Ricky Skaggs Vocals, Guest Appearance
Rhonda Vincent Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Shannon Forrest Drums
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Duncan Mullins Bass
Danny Parks Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Darrin Vincent Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Joe Caverlee Fiddle
John Anderson Vocals, Guest Appearance
Catherine Styron Marx Piano
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Rhonda Vincent Duet
Merle Haggard Composer
George Jones Author
Buck Owens Composer
Tammy Wynette Composer
Larry Cordle Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Gregory Cole Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Harlan Howard Composer
Daryle Singletary Composer
Ricky Cobble Engineer
Earl Montgomery Composer
John Lindley Composer
Chuck Rhodes Producer
Leslie Satcher Composer
Royce Porter Composer
Christophe Dubois Composer
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