Texas Songbook

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Nicholson is a hit songwriter, Grammy-winning producer, guitar picker, and singer. His own albums haven't been wildly successful, but he's penned tunes for the Jeff Bridges film Crazy Heart as well as hits for Don Williams, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, and Mickey Gilley "Jukebox Argument" for Urban Cowboy to name just a few. He played guitar in Delbert McClinton's band for a decade in the '70s, and these days, he tours regularly with his own band. Texas Songbook is just that, a collection of tunes about the men and women of the Lone Star state with contributions from Nicholson pals including Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Ray Benson, and other hard to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Nicholson is a hit songwriter, Grammy-winning producer, guitar picker, and singer. His own albums haven't been wildly successful, but he's penned tunes for the Jeff Bridges film Crazy Heart as well as hits for Don Williams, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, and Mickey Gilley "Jukebox Argument" for Urban Cowboy to name just a few. He played guitar in Delbert McClinton's band for a decade in the '70s, and these days, he tours regularly with his own band. Texas Songbook is just that, a collection of tunes about the men and women of the Lone Star state with contributions from Nicholson pals including Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Ray Benson, and other hard to classify mavericks. The music, as you probably guessed, is outside of the Nashville mainstream, with an under-produced, down-home flavor that showcases Nicholson's excellent writing, fine vocals, and diverse arrangements. "Talkin' Texan" is a swing tune with a tongue in cheek lyric and a killer hook: "He ain't lying, he's just talkin' Texan." Jason Roberts on fiddle and Tommy Detamore's pedal steel add to the tunes' devil-may-care feel. "Texas Weather" is a midtempo ballad that deals with the tribulations of love using storm clouds and sunshine as metaphors for the course of a longterm relationship. "Somedays You Write the Song," a tune Nicholson co-wrote with Guy Clarke, is a song about songwriting. That kind of thing is hard to pull off, but the lyric is universal enough to appeal to non-songwriters, too. "Messin' with My Woman," co-written with Austin bluesman Seth Walker, is a blend of swing and jive with hot fiddling by Roberts, honky tonk piano by Floyd Domino, and a smooth dual guitar lead à la Bob Wills by Nicholson and Joe Manuel. Joe Ely and Ray Benson sing backing vocals on "Lone Star Blues," a swinging truck driving song co-written with Delbert McClinton. "Listen to Willie" rides a Waylon Jennings-style backbeat with a lyric that's put together from titles of Willie Nelson hits. It's a throwaway track, but still full of the unpredictable touches that make the record so much fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Bismeaux Productions
  • UPC: 678572973826
  • Catalog Number: 1308
  • Sales rank: 181,438

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gary Nicholson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Gary Nichols Indexed Contributor
Marcia Ball Piano
Delbert McClinton Harmonica
Joe Ely Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Eddie Bayers Drums
Ray Benson Vocals, Background Vocals
Floyd Domino Piano
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Jim Hoke Saxophone
Joe Manuel Guitar
The McCrary Sisters Vocals
James Pennebaker Fiddle
Jason Roberts Fiddle, Vocals
David Sanger Drums
Jon Randall Stewart Background Vocals
Randy Rogers Background Vocals
Tommy Detamore Steel Guitar
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Larry Beaird Acoustic Guitar
Howard Duck Keyboards
Kevin Smith Bass
Stoney LaRue Background Vocals
Joel Guzman Accordion
Eli Beaird Bass
Technical Credits
Delbert McClinton Composer
Guy Clark Composer
Lee Roy Parnell Composer
Kevin Welch Composer
Kimmie Rhodes Composer
Stephen Bruton Composer
John Hadley Composer
Gary Nicholson Composer, Producer
Allen Shamblin Composer
Jon Randall Stewart Composer
Seth Walker Composer
Sam Seifert Engineer
Ray Kennedy Engineer, Mastering
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