The Other Sessions

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Coming off his powerful bluegrass album with Ralph Stanley, I Feel Like Singing Today, Jim Lauderdale continues making a stand for tradition with The Other Sessions, a rock-solid excursion through hard country. Augmenting a basic band with fiddles and pedal steel, Lauderdale keeps it lean and mean on standout tracks like the atmospheric weeper "Honky-Tonk Haze" and the prototypical honky-tonk love ballad, "I'd Follow You Anywhere," which is graced with simple, straightforward lyrical vows of devotion, sealed tight with a plaintive, high-lonesome vocal. Along the way there's also a worthy contribution to a venerable subgenre by way of the steady-rolling "Diesel Diesel ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Coming off his powerful bluegrass album with Ralph Stanley, I Feel Like Singing Today, Jim Lauderdale continues making a stand for tradition with The Other Sessions, a rock-solid excursion through hard country. Augmenting a basic band with fiddles and pedal steel, Lauderdale keeps it lean and mean on standout tracks like the atmospheric weeper "Honky-Tonk Haze" and the prototypical honky-tonk love ballad, "I'd Follow You Anywhere," which is graced with simple, straightforward lyrical vows of devotion, sealed tight with a plaintive, high-lonesome vocal. Along the way there's also a worthy contribution to a venerable subgenre by way of the steady-rolling "Diesel Diesel Diesel," in which a big-rigger jams gears like crazy to get back home to his baby. And in an amusing nod to one of the patron saints of this music, the boozy, Bakersfield-styled tearjerker "Merle World" recounts the slow dissolution of a fellow drowning in Haggard-like sorrow after losing his girl. Tough and uncompromising, but always with a tender heart, The Other Sessions finds Lauderdale doing it his way, and that's a boon to country music.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
When Jim Lauderdale issued his 1991 masterpiece Planet of Love, the critics were falling all over themselves proclaiming him the king of progressive country who was ushering in the era of Americana. He wrote songs for everyone from Kathy Mattea to the glorious Patty Loveless to the two "Georges": Jones and Strait. Ten years later, Lauderdale's made almost as many records of all kinds of music, from rootsy rock to slick, funked-up country to a bluegrass album with Ralph Stanley. All of them had their moments, and most of them were good, but until now he's never issued a record as pure and solid as The Other Sessions. It's a 12-pack of hardcore, honky tonk country songs written in the tradition of Merle Haggard, Hank Thompson, Bobby Bare, and Del Reeves. And it should, since 11 of the 12 tunes were co-written with country stalwarts like Reeves, Harlan Howard, Melba Montgomery, Kostas, and Clay Blaker. But it doesn't end with the songs. The musicians on this set read like a who's who of contemporary music -- country and otherwise. There's Billy Bremner from Rockpile, pedal steel god Bucky Baxter, Stan Lynch from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Reese Wynans, Tammy Rodgers, Roy Huskey, Jr., Pat Buchanan -- and that's not even half of the musicians involved. The quality lies in Lauderdale's delivery as both a singer and a visionary. He takes hard country songs, plays them the hard country way, and makes them sound as contemporary as the latest Nelly record. There isn't a fusion or crossover bone in the guy's body, but he can make any rock & roll fan fall head over heels for these tracks. The best stuff here -- the truck rock anthem "Diesel, Diesel, Diesel," the wine-swilling "Honky Tonk Haze," and the deep, down-in-the-flesh love song "Just to Get to You," co-written with Montgomery -- will be covered by others but never with as much raw gumption and swagger. This is the country record Elvis Presley could never have made though he wanted to, and it's the rock record Haggard's been trying make since the '80s. None of the alt-country, "americorna" kids can touch this because it's not about riffs and postures, it's about craft and vision. The Other Sessions is one of the finest hard country records to be issued since the 1960s. Period. It's also the new watermark by which Lauderdale has to judge himself. Forget Americana -- this is country music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • UPC: 803020110120
  • Catalog Number: 1101

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Lauderdale Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Bucky Baxter Pedal Steel Guitar
Billy Bremner Electric Guitar
Mike Brignardello Bass
Pat Buchanan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Daryl Burgess Drums
John Gardner Drums
Sonny Garrish Pedal Steel Guitar
Randy Hardison Drums
Tony Harrell Piano
Larry Knechtel Piano
Stan Lynch Drums
Greg Morrow Drums
Alison Prestwood Bass
Carmella Ramsey Background Vocals
Vince Santoro Drums
Garry Tallent Bass
Robby Turner Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Greg Wetzel Piano
Glenn Worf Bass
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass
Pat McGrath Acoustic Guitar
Tammy Rodgers Fiddle
Kelvin Grant Bass
Billy Thomas Drums
Leslie Satcher Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Julie Reeves Background Vocals, Harmony
Steve Allen Acoustic Guitar
Victor Battista Bass
Steven Sheehan Acoustic Guitar
Jack Solomon Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Jim Lauderdale Producer
Tim Coats Producer, Engineer
Robby Turner Mastering
Glenn Worf Tic Tac
Mike McCarthy Engineer
Luke Wooten Producer
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