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Tennessee: The Nashville Sessions

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Mri Associated
  • UPC: 884501491839
  • Catalog Number: 51011
  • Sales rank: 104,097

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 Jr. 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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