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Nashville Acoustic Sessions
     

The Nashville Acoustic Sessions

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by Raul Malo, Rob Ickes, Pat Flynn, Dave Pomeroy
 
Here's an unassuming acoustic masterpiece -- richly nuanced, interpretive singing and instrumental work from vocalist nonpareil Raul Malo of the Mavericks, along with three ace Nashville cats. Malo simply scorches these 11 superb tunes, his mood mirrored by guitarist Pat Flynn and mandolinist Rob Ickes, who

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Here's an unassuming acoustic masterpiece -- richly nuanced, interpretive singing and instrumental work from vocalist nonpareil Raul Malo of the Mavericks, along with three ace Nashville cats. Malo simply scorches these 11 superb tunes, his mood mirrored by guitarist Pat Flynn and mandolinist Rob Ickes, who offer spare, soulful punctuations while bassist Dave Pomeroy and percussionist Larry Castro provide discreet rhythmic underpinning. Malo rolls out his big, hearty tenor to full effect on the crying choruses of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," underscoring why he's often compared to the lauded country-rock soulman. Malo effectively mutes the volume in a deliberate, pulsing take on Gordon Lightfoot's winsome "Early Morning Rain," digs deep for a keening effect on the Louvin Brothers' heartbreaking "When I Stop Dreaming," and croons tenderly on two beautifully realized, swoon-inducing pop classics, "Moon River" and "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons." Similar superlatives apply to gripping versions of Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome when You Go," Hank Williams's stone country "Weary Blues from Waiting," Van Morrison's funky "Bright Side of the Road," and Gram Parsons' bristling "Hot Burrito #1." These are songs that have already endured beyond their time, and these new renderings will not soon lose their luster, either -- the smarts and heart invested here amount to a timeless calling card.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael Berick
True to its title, The Nashville Acoustic Sessions is a set of acoustic-based music that finds the Mavericks frontman Raul Malo collaborating with three well-respected Nashville musicians (guitarist/mandolinist Pat Flynn, Rob Ickes, and bassist Dave Pomeroy). The acoustic setting results in much more pared-down arrangements than Malo's recent records (whether with his band or his one solo outing, 2001's Today). This disc of cover tunes is also Malo's most twang-centric in years; however, it doesn't lack eclecticism. Songs are drawn from country icons Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Louvin Brothers, as well as more contemporary figures like Gordon Lightfoot, Gram Parsons, and Bob Dylan; there are also a pair of standards: "Moon River" and "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons." The disc starts off with a solid yet obvious selection, Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," as Malo's vocals have long been compared to Orbison. Although he doesn't soar to Orbison's otherworldly heights, his passionate singing conveys the song's melancholy mood. After a decent but rather sedate rendering of Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain," the album picks up steam with the gospel-tinged Louvin Brothers tune "Great Atomic Power," which is followed by an aching rendition of Williams' "Weary Blues From Waiting," and Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," which gets a spry country workout here. The disc's second half -- demarcated by an "instrumental break" of Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting for a Train" -- is more of a mixed bag. The highlights include strong versions of Gram Parsons' "Hot Burrito #1" and Van Morrison's "Bright Side of the Road." However, both "Moon River" and "Sentimental Reasons" come off sounding a bit too lounge. These tunes accentuate the slicker qualities of Malo's otherwise wonderfully rich vocals. The nimble but easygoing performances delivered by the trio of instrumentalists perfectly suit this disc's relaxed feel. Flynn and Ickes particularly stand out on the touching version of "When I Stop Dreaming," the record's other Louvin Brothers number. While this all-covers collection doesn't reinvent the wheel, it provides 40 minutes of classic tunes delightfully done up as good, old-fashioned country music.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2004
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297870925
catalogNumber:
8709
Rank:
42651

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raul Malo   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Rob Ickes   Primary Artist,Dobro,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Weissenborn
Pat Flynn   Primary Artist,Bouzouki,Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Dave Pomeroy   Primary Artist,Bass,Bass Guitar
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Jim Hoke   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
William Best   Composer
Oz Fritz   Engineer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Deek Watson   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
John Wooler   Producer,Audio Production
Joe Melson   Composer
Buddy Bain   Composer
Adam Byrne   Art Direction

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is absolutely fantastic! I just love the music. It is beautifully done! Thank you!