End Is Not in Sight

End Is Not in Sight

by Russell Smith
     
 

Returning to his solo career after over a decade spent as a Music Row songwriter, former Amazing Rhythm Aces singer Russell Smith released The End Is Not in Sight for Rick Hall's new Muscle Shoals imprint in 2002. Smith's familiar baritone growl, one of the most distinctive blue-eyed soul instruments of the '70s, sounds as good asSee more details below

Overview

Returning to his solo career after over a decade spent as a Music Row songwriter, former Amazing Rhythm Aces singer Russell Smith released The End Is Not in Sight for Rick Hall's new Muscle Shoals imprint in 2002. Smith's familiar baritone growl, one of the most distinctive blue-eyed soul instruments of the '70s, sounds as good as ever throughout this album, and Mark Hall's production wisely avoids the temptation to make Smith sound like either the Dixie Chicks or Uncle Tupelo. Placed side by side with the Amazing Rhythm Aces' classic '70s records, it's hard to tell which is the new record. Unfortunately, that also applies to the songwriting. This album is larded with pleasant but unnecessary remakes of old Amazing Rhythm Aces hits like the title track, "Third Rate Romance," and "What I Learned from Loving You"; fine songs all, the new versions are simply retreads, adding nothing to the fine earlier versions. Most of the rest of the album consists of Smith's own versions of songs he's written for other artists, like Randy Travis' "Look Heart, No Hands," and these are more successful, but even they remind the listener that Russell Smith is a gifted songwriter who doesn't need to rest on past glories.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/03/2002
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0821477000122
catalogNumber:
5637458175

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Russell Smith   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jimmy Hall   Harmonica
Cindy Walker   Background Vocals
Walt Aldridge   Acoustic Guitar
Mickey Buckins   Percussion
Daryl Burgess   Drums
Roger Guth   Drums
Kelvin Holly   Electric Guitar
Dennis Holt   Drums
David Hood   Bass
James Hooker   Hammond Organ
Clayton Ivey   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Karl Fats Kaplin   Fiddle,Pedal Steel Guitar,Accordion
Lenny LeBlanc   Background Vocals
Marie Lewey   Background Vocals
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar
Will McFarlane   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Noble   Acoustic Guitar
Spooner Oldham   Hammond Organ
Jim Le Blanc   Acoustic Guitar
Bob Patin   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Danny Flowers   Guitar,Harmonica,Background Vocals
Wayne Bridge   Steel Guitar
Carla Russell   Background Vocals
Rodney Hall   Percussion
Marcus Pope   Drums
Scooter Muse   Banjo
Jeff King   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Russell Smith   Producer
Mark Hall   Producer
Alan Schulman   Engineer
Rodney Hall   overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer

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