New World

The New World

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by Bruce Robison
     
 

The term "singer/songwriter" usually implies that a performer's songs are more distinctive than his or her ability to sing them, which makes it an appropriate one to describe Bruce Robison, who can carry a tune, certainly, but is not a great vocalist. A singer/songwriter is also thought to have a unique viewpoint, however, and that really can't be said of Robison, who…  See more details below

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The term "singer/songwriter" usually implies that a performer's songs are more distinctive than his or her ability to sing them, which makes it an appropriate one to describe Bruce Robison, who can carry a tune, certainly, but is not a great vocalist. A singer/songwriter is also thought to have a unique viewpoint, however, and that really can't be said of Robison, who writes country songs steeped in tradition that do not reveal a particular vision. So, maybe he should be considered a songwriter who sings, rather than a singer/songwriter. Robison's songs are both traditional and highly crafted, which tends to make them good vehicles for Nashville recording artists always on the lookout for exactly that kind of material, and he pays his bills on the covers his songs earn. He has not ever given up on singing them himself, however, even if he has to work on a tiny record label to do so. The New World is another good collection of Robison originals (plus guest musician Kevin McKinney's "Hanging on Hopeless"), on which he explores country blues ("Bad Girl Blues"), Tex-Mex ("California 85," referring to a wine that "goes well with her lies"), and honky tonk dance music ("Twistin'"), among other familiar styles. He writes and sings story-songs about rural life, the ups and downs of romance, and drinking, in and out of bars. He provides full-bodied, well-played arrangements featuring such quality musicians as Mickey Raphael and Paul English of Willie Nelson's band, and Kelly Willis on vocals. And he sings competently, though it's hard not to consider the album another glorified publishing demo that would provide excellent cuts for better-known artists like George Strait and Alan Jackson.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2008
Label:
Premium Records
UPC:
0634457400320
catalogNumber:
2

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Robison   Primary Artist
Kelly Willis   Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Paul English   Snare Drums
Lloyd Maines   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kevin McKinney   Guitar,Vocals
Marty Muse   Pedal Steel Guitar
George Reiff   Bass,Vocals
Rolf Sieker   Banjo
Chip Dolan   Keyboards
Carlos Sosa   Track Performer
Judy Arnold   Vocals
Gary Newcomb   Banjo,Pedal Steel Guitar
Conrad Choucroun   Percussion,Drums
Fernie "Maddog" Castillo   Track Performer
Andrew Nafziger   Guitar,Electric Banjo
Eleanor Whitmore   Fiddle,Vocals
Dionte Arnold   Vocals
Sweney Tidball   Keyboards
Judy Arnold   Vocals
Joy Moore   Vocals
Dion Arnold   Vocals

Technical Credits

Marty Muse   Composer
Bruce Robinson   Audio Production
Bruce Robison   Composer,Producer
Jim Franklin   Liner Notes
Andrew Hernandez   Engineer
Hank Williams   Mastering

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The New World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
10 more beautiful songs from Bruce Robison.