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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Parnell's music is a very Texan mix of multiple popular music forms: bar-band rock, honky tonk country, boogie, blues, soul, and gospel. It's no surprise to find some similar-minded vets with high profiles, like Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Bramlett, and as songwriting contributor Dan Penn, among the supporting cast of this record. He's similar, yes, but not as outstanding -- as a songwriter, stylist, or singer -- as any of those figures are at their best. It's serviceable earthy Texas music that's suitable for bars and clubs at both party time on the stompers and closing time on the slow tunes, but kind of middle of the pack as far as it goes. When he trots out the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Parnell's music is a very Texan mix of multiple popular music forms: bar-band rock, honky tonk country, boogie, blues, soul, and gospel. It's no surprise to find some similar-minded vets with high profiles, like Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Bramlett, and as songwriting contributor Dan Penn, among the supporting cast of this record. He's similar, yes, but not as outstanding -- as a songwriter, stylist, or singer -- as any of those figures are at their best. It's serviceable earthy Texas music that's suitable for bars and clubs at both party time on the stompers and closing time on the slow tunes, but kind of middle of the pack as far as it goes. When he trots out the high-energy blues-rock riffs, it wanders closest to clich├ęd ground. For that reason, the blue-eyed soul ballads, like "Breaking Down Slow" one of the ones that Penn co-wrote and Bramlett sings on, are better, but there are better blue-eyed soul singers around, like Bramlett, to invite the comparison that it lays right on the table for you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707958929
  • Catalog Number: 79589
  • Sales rank: 155,262

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Right Where It Hurts (6:19)
  2. 2 Crossin' Over (5:33)
  3. 3 Breaking Down Slow - Bonnie Bramlett (4:19)
  4. 4 South by Southwest (3:34)
  5. 5 Tell the Truth (5:37)
  6. 6 I Declare (4:43)
  7. 7 Brand New Feeling - The Mississippi Mass Choir (5:08)
  8. 8 Guardian Angel (5:31)
  9. 9 Takes What It Takes (7:30)
  10. 10 Love's Been Rough on Me (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Roy Parnell Primary Artist, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Overdubs
Delbert McClinton Track Performer
The Mississippi Mass Choir Track Performer
Bonnie Bramlett Track Performer
Jay Boy Adams Background Vocals
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Jim Horn Horn
John Kunz Overdubs
Kevin McKendree Wurlitzer
James Pennebaker Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Tom Roady Percussion
Lynn Williams Drums
Jack Pearson Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Mark Jordan Hammond Organ
Steve Mackey Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Lee Roy Parnell Producer
John Kunz Producer
Johnny Sandlin Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Gina R. Binkley Art Direction
Robert Hadley Mastering
Charles Hart Jr. Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    Awesome Texas Blues with a little Gospel added on a few tracks.

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