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The Ballads of Ronnie Hawkins

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ronnie Hawkins is known for many things but ballads are not one of them. Bear Family's 2011 set proves this to be a misconception, illustrating that Hawkins is as adept with a slow burn as he is with a hopping rockabilly beat. Strictly speaking, these aren't all ballads, at least not in the folk sense: there are plenty of those, but there are bluesy grinds, swaying slow dance crossovers, rolling progressive country, and any number of slow tunes, all of which are handled with ease by Hawkins. Bear Family's generous 30-track disc skips through the eras with grace, with simple early-'60s sides sitting next to slicker '70s productions, but the disc never plays ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ronnie Hawkins is known for many things but ballads are not one of them. Bear Family's 2011 set proves this to be a misconception, illustrating that Hawkins is as adept with a slow burn as he is with a hopping rockabilly beat. Strictly speaking, these aren't all ballads, at least not in the folk sense: there are plenty of those, but there are bluesy grinds, swaying slow dance crossovers, rolling progressive country, and any number of slow tunes, all of which are handled with ease by Hawkins. Bear Family's generous 30-track disc skips through the eras with grace, with simple early-'60s sides sitting next to slicker '70s productions, but the disc never plays schizophrenically; rather, the shifting sounds reveal how Ronnie Hawkins could always deliver a song with unassuming skill.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051622923
  • Catalog Number: 16229
  • Sales rank: 270,370

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronnie Hawkins Primary Artist, Vocals
Lonnie Mack Guitar
Floyd Cramer Piano
David Darling Strings
Dionne Warwick Choir, Chorus
The Jordanaires Choir, Chorus
Rick Danko Bass
Jeanie Greene Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin Guitar
Dee Dee Warwick Choir, Chorus
Bobby Wood Piano
The Sweet Inspirations Choir, Chorus
King Biscuit Boy Harmonica
Martin Katahn Strings
Duane Allman Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar
The Anita Kerr Singers Choir, Chorus
Barry Beckett Keyboards
George Binkley III Strings
Estelle Brown Choir, Chorus
Terry Bush Guitar
Marvin Chantry Strings
Cissy Houston Choir, Chorus
Sammy Creason Drums
Scott Cushnie Keyboards
James Luther Dickinson Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Tim Drummond Bass
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Bobby Emmons Organ
Roger Hawkins Drums
Levon Helm Harmonica, Drums
Eddie Hinton Guitar
Holiday Sisters Choir, Chorus
David Hood Bass
Dave Kirby Guitar
Dave Lewis Drums
Fred Mollin Synthesizer, Percussion, Choir, Chorus
Richard Page Choir, Chorus
Sylvia Shemwell Choir, Chorus
Myrna Smith Choir, Chorus
Tom Szczesniak Bass
Stan Szelest Organ, Piano
Samuel Terranova Strings
Mike Utley Organ
Gary VanOsdale Strings
Reggie Young Guitar
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Jaime "Robbie" Robertson Guitar
Solie Isaac Fott Strings
Fred Carter Jr. Guitar
Gene Track Bass
Stephanie Woolf Strings
Ed Burks Percussion
Ron Hawkins Vocals
Joint Venture Choir, Chorus
John Lewis Guitar
Jimmy Evans Bass
Walter L. "Hank Sugarfoot" Garland Guitar
Thomas Grady Martin Guitar
Brenton Bolden Banks Strings
Bob L. Moore Bass
James Colvard Guitar
Charles Freeman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kirk Shearer Drums
Harold Ray Bradley Guitar, Leader
Jimmy Ray Paulman Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Johnson Guitar
Willard "Pop" Jones Piano
Byron Theodore Bach Strings
Bobby Starr Guitar
John Lee Christopher Jr. Guitar
Howard S. Bishop Drums
Gordon Josie Bass
Thomas Clark Cogbill Bass, Leader
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Tim Hardin Composer
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Ronnie Hawkins Composer
Clyde McPhatter Composer
Jesse Winchester Composer
Bill Justis Producer, Overdub Producer, Overdub Arranger
Narvel Felts Composer
Scott Cushnie String Section
Tom Dowd Producer
Colin Escott Illustrations
Fred Foster Producer, Overdub Producer
Henry Glover Producer
Buddy Killen Composer
Fred Mollin Producer
Joe Reisman Producer
Don Robey Composer
Jesse Stone Composer
Jerry Wexler Composer, Producer
Bergen White Arranger
Hank Williams Composer
Joe Shapiro Composer
Ian Wallis Liner Notes, Illustrations
Don Burch Composer
Fred Carter Jr. Producer
Andrew Jenkins Composer
Ersel Hickey Composer
Bill Millar Reissue Producer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Fats Washington Composer
Jacqueline Magill Composer
Lou Stillman Composer
Dan Bass Producer
Traditional Composer
Baker Knight Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Nelson King Composer
Jimmy Ray Paulman Composer
Jackie Wallis Illustrations
Irene Spain Composer
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