Tennessee: The Nashville Sessions

Tennessee: The Nashville Sessions

by Russell Hitchcock
     
 

Three decades after their pop chart heyday with some of the most romantic hits of the early '80s, Air Supply -- Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock -- were still going strong, touring the world every year. The second decade of the 2000s began with a new burst of creativity as well, with the duo releasing See more details below

Overview

Three decades after their pop chart heyday with some of the most romantic hits of the early '80s, Air Supply -- Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock -- were still going strong, touring the world every year. The second decade of the 2000s began with a new burst of creativity as well, with the duo releasing Mumbo Jumbo -- their first album of original material in eight years -- and placing two songs on the adult contemporary charts. Even more impressive is Hitchcock's reaching out of the Air Supply comfort zone for this rich, emotional excursion into pop-country territory on an expansive two-CD, 20-track set that finds him working with some of the city's renowned session musicians and songwriters. Not surprisingly, while the singer employs a lower vocal tone than what most of his fans are used to, he still unapologetically plays the role of the super-romantic (the soaring opening ballad "Fallin'") and resident heartbreaker (the soulful and ironic, steel guitar-tinged "It Don't Mean a Thing"). He's not above rockin' just a little, getting bluesy and drinking and smoking cigarettes to get his lost love back -- but somehow makes being "Desperate" sound full of a potential silver lining. Disc two's opening gush of heartbreak, "Far Enough Away from Colorado," is where the more authentic country vibe on the collection enters full force, and it's a ride that takes Hitchcock beyond simple affairs of the heart. He admits he's a little crazy and rowdy on "May the Best Man Win" and experiences a little of Johnny Cash's personal heartbreak on the somber retrospection of "Cash's Last Days." Usually, drinking is a celebrated theme in country music, but on "The Next Right Thing," Hitchcock boldly explores the darker side, asking for one last chance after yet another bender. Disc two has a few conventional love ballads ("A Love Like This," "Hold Me Like You Love Me"), but more clever expressions like "Like I'm Elvis" engage a bit more. Hitchcock's busy "day job" with Air Supply, and the perception that this could be a one-time flirtation with Nashville, might preclude him being invited to CMA events or the Grand Ole Opry, but it's remarkably strong, infectious effort that should be listened to with an open mind by country and pop fans alike.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
Label:
Mri Associated
UPC:
0884501491839
catalogNumber:
51011
Rank:
383450

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Russell Hitchcock   Primary Artist
Rick Derringer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gary Prim   Keyboards
David Angell   Violin
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin   Violin
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Barry Green   Horn Section
Jim Hoke   Horn Section
Wayne Killius   Drums
Viktor Krauss   Horn Section
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Paxton   Conductor
Tracy Silverman   Electric Violin
Robby Turner   Steel Guitar
Wanda Watkins   Choir, Chorus
Kristin Wilkinson   Conductor
Shane Sutton   Electric Guitar
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Rojas   Keyboards
Cedric Sesley   Choir, Chorus
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
John Deaderick   Horn Section
Lynn Peithman   Cello
Clare Yang   Viola
Jim Brown   Keyboards
Mike Durham   Electric Guitar
Beth Beeson   French Horn
Erin Hall   Violin
James Mitchell   Electric Guitar
Kenny Olsen   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Padrion Scott   Choir, Chorus
Tom Drenon   Drums
Robert Hajacos   Violin
Sophie Bellevue   Choir, Chorus
Edward Howard Bayers   Drums
Bev Drucker   Violin
Ali Gooding   Violin
Rob Rappaport   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Conductor,Electric Guitar
Radu Rusu   French Horn
Monissa Angell   Viola
Kenneth Malone   Horn Section

Technical Credits

Hal Ketchum   Composer
Russell Hitchcock   Liner Notes
Craig Carothers   Composer
Larry Paxton   Horn Arrangements
Craig White   Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Gerry Stober   Composer
Mike Willis   Composer
Earl Clark   Composer
Brad Anderson   Composer
Wes Hightower   Composer
Blake Davis   Composer
Jason White   Composer
Jimmy Ritchey   Composer
Clay Evans   Composer
John Ozier   Composer
Keifer Thompson   Composer
Matt Dame   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Don Poythress   Composer
Josh Thompson   Composer
Jay Brunswick   Composer
Mark Houser   Composer
C.J. Wilder   Composer
Erik Halbig   Composer
David Adam Byrnes   Composer
Jeremiah Richey   Composer
Jack Christopher   Composer
Grant Fisher   Composer
Cassandra   Producer,Graphic Design
Brock Stalvey   Composer
Tom Lenartz   Composer
T.J. Wilson   Composer
Teresa Boaz   Composer
Rusty Tabor   Composer
Rob Rappaport   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Nick Sturms   Composer
Mark a. Jackson   Composer
Julz Chavez   Art Direction

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