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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Buddy Miller is country in a way that country isn't marketed much these days. He knows life is ragged and messy, and that's the way he approaches songs, and he sings with a wild, willful abandon that sounds as real and lived in as the day is long. There's nothing smooth and polished about Buddy Miller, which is why he doesn't get played on contemporary country stations and gets shuffled away under the Americana or alt-country umbrellas. Whatever. He's the real deal, and this excellent sampler of his eight-year stay at Hightone Records shows that again and again, and it makes a perfect introduction to this delightfully maverick singer and songwriter. There isn't a slack ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Buddy Miller is country in a way that country isn't marketed much these days. He knows life is ragged and messy, and that's the way he approaches songs, and he sings with a wild, willful abandon that sounds as real and lived in as the day is long. There's nothing smooth and polished about Buddy Miller, which is why he doesn't get played on contemporary country stations and gets shuffled away under the Americana or alt-country umbrellas. Whatever. He's the real deal, and this excellent sampler of his eight-year stay at Hightone Records shows that again and again, and it makes a perfect introduction to this delightfully maverick singer and songwriter. There isn't a slack song in the sequence, but a few really stand out, particularly the opener, "The River's Gonna Run," written by his wife, Julie Miller, who sings on it, too, and the couple sounds like the second coming of Richard & Mimi Fariña if the Fariñas had spent a lifetime drinking and smoking in a honky tonk road house. It's country, even if Nashville has no clue that it is. Other highlights here include "Somewhere Trouble Don't Go," a loosely sung but masterful version of Richard Thompson's "Keep Your Distance," and a fun romp through "Hole in My Head," which Miller co-wrote with Jim Lauderdale. But each of these 16 tracks has something to offer, and even though they're drawn from five different albums for Hightone, they feel like they all belong together the album isn't arranged chronologically, which means the songs bounce off each other in a natural flow, and it shows someone put some thought into sequencing, and the end result is an impressive portrait of an American treasure. Folks, this is country the way it ought to be done.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663109733
  • Catalog Number: 31097
  • Sales rank: 100,933

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The River's Gonna Run - Buddy & Julie Miller (4:00)
  2. 2 My Love Will Follow You (3:22)
  3. 3 I Can't Get Over You (4:46)
  4. 4 Does My Ring Burn Your Finger (3:15)
  5. 5 Cruel Moon (3:16)
  6. 6 Little Darlin - Buddy & Julie Miller (3:33)
  7. 7 Keep Your Distance - Buddy & Julie Miller (3:51)
  8. 8 Don't Tell Me (4:08)
  9. 9 That's How I Got to Memphis (3:22)
  10. 10 Midnight and Lonesome (3:56)
  11. 11 When It Comes to You (4:14)
  12. 12 Somewhere Trouble Don't Go (3:53)
  13. 13 Rock Salt and Nails - Buddy & Julie Miller (4:17)
  14. 14 That's How Strong My Love Is (4:14)
  15. 15 Don't Listen to the Wind (3:31)
  16. 16 Hole in My Head (2:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Miller Primary Artist, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, 12-string Guitar, Optigan
Emmylou Harris Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jim Lauderdale Vocals
Phil Madeira Organ, Accordion, Harmonium, Hammond Organ, Melodica, Hammond B3
Julie Miller Percussion, Vocals, Trash Cans
Dr. Patterson Barrett Piano
Larry Campbell Fiddle, Steel Guitar
Steve Fishell Guitar, Steel Guitar, fender rhodes
John Gardner Drums
Don Heffington Drums
Byron House Bass
Darryl Johnson Bass, Vocals
Donald Lindley Drums
Gurf Morlix Bass, Guitar
Al Perkins Steel Guitar
Tammy Rogers Fiddle, Mandolin
Jeff Steele Bass
Allison Presswood Bass
John Schreiner Piano
Lee Ann Womack Vocals
Rev. Brady Blade Drums
Bryan Owings Drums
Cory Verbin Piano
Rick Plant Bass
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
Jim Lauderdale Composer
Julie Miller Composer
Buddy Miller Composer
Michael Wilson Cover Photo
Mark Chalecki Remastering
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction
Roosevelt Jamison Composer
Jeff Palo Producer, Audio Production
Karrie Stouffer Artwork
Michael Berick Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An American Richard Thompson?

    Perhaps it's because Miller covers Keep Your Distance, but I find some echoes of RT in his style. Buddy is not as gloomy as Thompson often is, but both have a slightly skewed sense of humor and terse guitar style. Many of his best tracks feature duets with wife Julie. Two of them are also found on Love Snuck Up, an anthology of the couple's work. Get both CDs to get a full overview of their work. Of Buddy's solo songs on this disc, Did My Ring Burn Your Finger? (Richard Thompson should cover it.) and That's How I Got to Memphis grab me after a couple listens. In short, Buddy (and Julie) are a buried treasure of alt country.

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