The Imus Ranch Record

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
There's a 500-pound gorilla in the room when listening to this record, and its name is Don Imus. Conservative radio host Imus found himself in the midst of a firestorm of controversy in 2007 when during a discussion of the Rutgers University women's basketball team, he referred to the players as "nappy-headed hos." While Imus apologized for the remark, it was hardly an isolated incident. For the purposes of this compilation, however, Imus and his wife, Deirde Imus, operate the Imus Ranch, a cattle ranch in New Mexico where children with life-threatening illnesses (and sometimes their siblings) spend a week as working cowpunchers, caring for and cleaning up after the animals...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
There's a 500-pound gorilla in the room when listening to this record, and its name is Don Imus. Conservative radio host Imus found himself in the midst of a firestorm of controversy in 2007 when during a discussion of the Rutgers University women's basketball team, he referred to the players as "nappy-headed hos." While Imus apologized for the remark, it was hardly an isolated incident. For the purposes of this compilation, however, Imus and his wife, Deirde Imus, operate the Imus Ranch, a cattle ranch in New Mexico where children with life-threatening illnesses (and sometimes their siblings) spend a week as working cowpunchers, caring for and cleaning up after the animals to help the kids build self-esteem. Imus has used his high media profile and corporate connections to raise money for the ranch (the children attend for free), and his latest fund-raising project is The Imus Ranch Record, in which 13 country and roots music artists each cover a song Imus has picked out for them. As music, this is hit and miss, like most benefit compilations, and while a number of the good tracks are very good indeed, when this set goes wrong it's cringe-inducing. While Willie Nelson could probably do a song like "What a Difference a Day Makes" in his sleep, he delivers it with the easy, satisfying grace that's his trademark, and Vince Gill's take on "A Satisfied Mind" is splendid, while Dwight Yoakam's rollicking tear through Doug Sahm's "Give Back the Key to My Heart" is a pleasant surprise that Sahm would doubtless have enjoyed. And if Lucinda Williams overplays her vocals just a bit on "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," she brings a bluesy resonance to the tune that been missing in most versions. But Big & Rich's bombastic and irony-free rendition of the Beastie Boys' "You've Got to Fight for Your Right to Party" is simply embarrassing, Little Richard gets lost in the mix on "I Ain't Never" in what feels like a lost opportunity, and though John Hiatt sounds fine on the Bottle Rockets' "Welfare Music," the song's open attack on Rush Limbaugh feels rather curious on an album curated by another reactionary radio personality. As music, the good tunes on The Imus Ranch Record outnumber the bad, but there are just enough misfires to keep this from being a truly satisfying listen. And as for the cause, it's certainly worthy, but it's worth noting there are plenty of other ways you can donate money for ill and needy children without involving the controversial Imus.
New York Times
Pairings of artists and material that are inspired, and often inspiring, and nothing if not eclectic....Big & Rich rap on the Beastie Boys’ anthem “You’ve Got to Fight for Your Right to Party.” Mr. Travis croons “I Don’t See Me in Your Eyes Anymore,” which was once recorded by Charlie Rich, and before him, by Dean Martin. Mr. Nelson presents a jazzy version of a standard, “What a Difference a Day Makes,” which, Mr. Imus was surprised to learn, Mr. Nelson had never recorded before. Little Richard puts a soulful spin on Webb Pierce’s country gem “I Ain’t Never.”
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396614028
  • Catalog Number: 6140
  • Sales rank: 18,027

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Silver Springs (3:33)
  2. 2 Lay Down Sally (4:16)
  3. 3 Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (4:19)
  4. 4 You Better Move On - Levon Helm (3:04)
  5. 5 Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs (4:49)
  6. 6 I Ain't Never - Little Richard (2:59)
  7. 7 I Don't See Me in Your Eyes Anymore - Randy Travis (3:18)
  8. 8 You've Got to Fight for Your Right to Party - Big & Rich (3:39)
  9. 9 What a Difference a Day Makes - Willie Nelson (4:46)
  10. 10 Give Back the Key to My Heart (4:24)
  11. 11 What Happened (3:21)
  12. 12 Welfare Music - John Hiatt (2:49)
  13. 13 A Satisfied Mind (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Delbert McClinton Djembe
Patty Loveless Vocal Harmony
Willie Nelson Guitar (Nylon String)
Dwight Yoakam Acoustic Guitar
Al Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Hiatt Acoustic Guitar
Lucinda Williams Guitar
Steve Gibson Electric Guitar
Gary Prim Piano
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Richard Rodney Bennett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
Bekka Bramlett Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello Bass
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Larry Campbell Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin
Jonathan Clark Vocal Harmony
Chad Cromwell Drums
Skip Edwards Organ
Steve Fishell Pedal Steel Guitar
Vince Gill Electric Guitar
Emory Gordy Bass
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Levon Helm Drums
John Hobbs Piano, Keyboards
David Hungate Acoustic Bass
Pam Lee Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Paul Leim Drums
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar
Raul Malo Electric Guitar
Mitch Marine Drums
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Randy McCormick Keyboards
Ann McCrary Background Vocals
Kevin McKendree Electric Piano, Wurlitzer
Michael Merritt Bass
Buddy Miller Acoustic Guitar
Gordon Mote Piano
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
Russ Pahl Pedal Steel Guitar
Larry Paxton Acoustic Bass
Alison Prestwood Bass
Taras Prodaniuk Bass
Mike Rojas Hammond Organ
David Sutton Bass
Crystal Taliefero Conga, Background Vocals
Harvey Thompson Saxophone
Bergen White Background Vocals
Tommy White Steel Guitar
Lynn Williams Drums
John Willis Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Reese Wynans Piano, Hammond Organ
Jimmy Vivino Electric Guitar
Keith Gattis Electric Guitar
Spencer Campbell Bass
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Charles Glenn Jr. Bass
Marabeth Jordon Background Vocals
Doug Pettibone Guitar
Jeff Roach Keyboards
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Butch Norton Drums
Jon Mark Ivey Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Teresa Williams Background Vocals
Danny Flowers Guitar
Brian John Mitchell Piano, Accordion
Luther Dickinson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kenneth Blevins Drums
Joe Stark Electric Guitar
Amy Helm Background Vocals
Casey Wood Tambourine, Vibes
Rob McNelley Guitar
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar, Vocals
Larry Hall Strings
Regina McCrary Background Vocals
Jessi Alexander Background Vocals
Brian Pruitt Drums
Tammy Rogers King Mandolin
Burnt Hickory Chamber Orchestra Strings
Leigh Cochran Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
San Dugmore Pedal Steel Guitar
Curtis "Cortini" Jones spanish guitar
Loarie Loar Mandolin
Pearl Minnix Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Kerlan Spur Percussion
Technical Credits
Beastie Boys Composer
Delbert McClinton Producer
Ed Bruce Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Dwight Yoakam Producer
Arthur Alexander Composer
Al Anderson Composer, Producer
John Hiatt Producer, Engineer
Stevie Nicks Composer
Doug Sahm Composer
Lucinda Williams Producer
Marcy Levy Composer
María Mendez Grever Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Scott Baggett Producer, Engineer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Bekka Bramlett Composer
Larry Campbell Producer
Buddy Cannon Producer
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Eric Clapton Composer
Bob DiPiero Composer
Michael Dumas Engineer
Steve Fishell Producer
Vince Gill Producer
Emory Gordy Producer
Justin Guip Engineer
Paul Hart Engineer
Kyle Lehning Producer
Raul Malo Producer
Joe Martino Engineer
Kevin McKendree Producer, Engineer
Webb Pierce Composer
Rick Rubin Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Dave Sinko Engineer
Chris Stone Engineer
George David Weiss Composer
Joe Hayes Composer
Brian Henneman Composer
Eric Liljestrand Producer
Tony Castle Engineer
Jack Rhodes Composer
Margaret Ann Rich Composer
Patsy Bruce Composer
Tom Overby Producer
Casey Wood Engineer, overdub engineer, Vocal Recording
Adam Shoenfeld Producer
Ellery Durgin Engineer
Paul Moore Art Direction
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering Associate
Vanessa Parr Engineer
Beverly Keel Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD...ALmost!

    Lucinda Williams sounds like she got up, still hungover, dressed in a bathrobe and headed to the studio before she had some coffee. THAT is how bad her version of &quot Mamas Don't let...&quot is. The rest of the album is hit or miss depending on how much one liked the original version, or the artist singing the version on the CD. However, it's all for a good cause, so buy the CD, especially for Delbert McClinton adn Little Richard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great collection!!

    Imus has the best taste in music!! In watching his show on MSNBC he intoduced Levon Helm &amp Delbert McClinton and frequently played Lucinda Williams. The rest of the CD speaks for itself...great choice!!

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