I-10 Chronicles

The I-10 Chronicles

by The I-10 Chronicles
     
 
Not quite a band, but with a warmth and purpose that your average compilation can't match, THE I-10 CHRONICLES offers a 13-track convoy of new and familiar artists navigating the highway where roots rock meets Tex-Mex and country music. It's a road that many of the artists have traveled before -- Willie Nelson, who reinterprets Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'," visited

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Not quite a band, but with a warmth and purpose that your average compilation can't match, THE I-10 CHRONICLES offers a 13-track convoy of new and familiar artists navigating the highway where roots rock meets Tex-Mex and country music. It's a road that many of the artists have traveled before -- Willie Nelson, who reinterprets Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'," visited Latin rhythms on TEATRO; blues harp veteran Charlie Musselwhite, offering the Santana classic "Black Magic Woman," joined the Buena Vista Social Club's Eliades Ochoa for the Cuban star's SUBLIME ILUSION. (Ochoa joins the caravan too, riding I-10 all the way to Havana for "El Guateque de Don Thomas.") While some just pass through this Southwestern soundscape (Counting Crow Adam Duritz howls an aching junkie's lament), others have made it their home: Folk stalwarts Bill and Bonnie Hearne drive down "L.A. Freeway," and Flatlander Joe Ely finds a love-lorn "St. Valentine" sulking in his bruised Continental. Fittingly named for Interstate 10, which snakes from southern California to Texas, the album's eclectic performances are held together by the spacious production of John Wooler and Randy Jacobs and a rotating cast of musicians including accordion great Flaco Jimenez, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo, and slide guitarist David Immergluck. THE I-10 CHRONICLES finds a noble balance between sun and dust, freedom and loneliness. Like a '67 pickup with a new clutch, it is the perfect vehicle for a road trip into the heartland of the American Southwest. Karl Hagstrom Miller

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bob Gottlieb
This is an eclectic collection of artists and songs that is loosely (very loosely) tied together by the interstate highway I-10. The interstate stretches clear across the country from Jacksonville, FL, to Santa Monica, CA. This collection is supposed to be the music found along that road. Actually it skips some areas of the country that are very fertile musically, such as the New Orleans to Houston stretch, home to funk, jazz, Cajun, and Zydeco, and, of course, blues and swamp music. It does include something that doesn't quite seem to fit into this compendium, in any sense, either musically or geographically: "Yipi." It is partially a collection of the cross-pollination of music of the borderland, the melding of the American folk song, and the Mexican folk tradition. Aside from those reservations about the title, this is a fantastic collection of artists doing great work on an exceedingly diverse collection of songs, with some startling combinations. Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris sing backup vocals to Bill Hearne (on different songs), Bill Hearne plays with David Hidalgo and Sergio Gonzales, and a great version of "Carmilita" is sung by Adam Duritz with David Hidalgo playing Dobro. Should it sound odd on the printed page, do not be put off by that. It is tight, exciting music, done with many wonderful surprises and twists and turns. It includes a wonderful version of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" with Willie Nelson doing lead vocal, songs by Guy Clarke, Warren Zevon, and Peter Green to name only a few of the outstanding collection of writers. This is as eclectic as can be and a great mix that holds up very well. One of the most wonderful things in this collection is that there are several lesser-known artists showcased with a very good result. Eclectic and diverse, it makes for an out standing collection of music. Do not miss this one.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2000
Label:
Back Porch
UPC:
0724384899127
catalogNumber:
48991

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Performance Credits

I-10 Chronicles   Primary Artist
Charlie Musselwhite   Vocals,Track Performer
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals
Willie Nelson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Joe Ely   Vocals,Track Performer
Mickey Raphael   Harp
Ted Andreadis   Accordion
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
David Hidalgo   Dobro,Requinto
David Immerglück   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Slide Guitar
Eliades Ochoa   Vocals,Track Performer
Kevin Ricard   Percussion
Adam Duritz   Vocals,Track Performer
Nathan Brown   Bass
Sergio Gonzales   Drums
Randy Jacobs   Electric Guitar
Bill Hearne   Vocals,Track Performer
Bonnie Hearne   Piano,Background Vocals
Meredith Marshall   Vocals,Track Performer
Sarah Nicole   Vocals

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Composer
Walt Aldridge   Composer
Sally Browder   Engineer
Michael Hearne   Composer
Randy Jacobs   Producer
John Wooler   Producer
Will Sexton   Composer
Rowan Moore   Packaging
Mike Hearne   Composer
Jim Morris   Illustrations,Collage

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