The Tennessean/Cowboys and Dreamers

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This two-fer combines Ed Bruce's 1977 album Tennessean and its 1978 sequel, Cowboys and Dreamers, on one CD. Bruce released these in the wake of Waylon & Willie's huge success with his "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," a song that helped break outlaw country into the mainstream, and Bruce followed in its path, creating records that offered a commercial spin on that sound but never found their way onto the charts. Tennessean picks up on the relaxed, masculine vibe of Waylon's ballads, but Bruce never sounds as macho as Jennings; he's so at ease in his skin he almost disappears into Buddy Killen's lush productions, turning the bulk of this ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
This two-fer combines Ed Bruce's 1977 album Tennessean and its 1978 sequel, Cowboys and Dreamers, on one CD. Bruce released these in the wake of Waylon & Willie's huge success with his "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," a song that helped break outlaw country into the mainstream, and Bruce followed in its path, creating records that offered a commercial spin on that sound but never found their way onto the charts. Tennessean picks up on the relaxed, masculine vibe of Waylon's ballads, but Bruce never sounds as macho as Jennings; he's so at ease in his skin he almost disappears into Buddy Killen's lush productions, turning the bulk of this into easy listening country. Of course, this means that it can sometimes flirt with schlock -- especially on the mawkish "Wedding Dress" -- but it also gets into the downright bizarre, as on Dennis Wilson's freakish "Never Takes Candy from a Stranger," a Baroque symphony of creepy loneliness. But the best of Tennessean occurs when the strings step back and it gets closer to pure country, as on the two stunners "Am I Gonna Have to Burn Atlanta Down" and "When I Die Just Let Me Go to Texas," two singles that should have been hits for Ed Bruce, but at least Tanya Tucker brought the latter up the charts later as "Texas (When I Die)." Cowboys and Dreamers is cut from the same cloth as Tennessean, balancing relaxed, masculine, easy listening with a slow country swagger. This tips a little bit toward the former than the latter, lacking anything quite as pure country as "When I Die Just Let Me Go To Texas" -- although Tanya Tucker did find "The Man That Turned My Mama On" here, turning that into a hit later -- and displaying a greater '70s production flair in its strings and percolating rhythms, which help turn it into a softer experience. Again, this is appealing in a crossover country sense -- a crossover Bruce never achieved with this album -- and it's also a good period curio, although it doesn't quite seem like it's from the same singer who wrote "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Hux Records
  • UPC: 682970001067
  • Catalog Number: 106

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ed Bruce Primary Artist, Vocals, Musician
Tommy West Vocals
Eddie Bayers Musician
Hayword Bishop Musician
Pete Bordonali Musician
Jimmy Capps Musician
Mark Casstevens Musician
Marvin Chantry Strings
Roy Christensen Strings
Virginia Christensen Strings
Tommy Cogbill Musician
Dottie DeLeonibus Vocals
Phillip Forrest Vocals
Carl Gorodetzky Strings
Lennie Haight Strings
Sheldon Kurland Strings
Wilfred Lehmann Strings
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Musician
Donna Sheridan Vocals
Steven Maxwell Smith Strings
Henry Strzelecki Musician
Wendy Suits Vocals
Samuel Terranova Strings
Gary VanOsdale Strings
D. Bergen White Strings
Larrie Londin Musician
Tony Migliore Musician
Robert C. Thompson Musician
David Carroll Kirby Musician
Dorothy Deleonnibus Vocals
Dennis Quartet Wilson Vocals
Phillip Forrest Vocals
Steven Smith Strings
Dennis Wilson Vocals
Technical Credits
Ed Bruce Composer
John Hurley Composer
Buddy Killen Producer, Audio Production
Dave Kirby Composer
Red Lane Composer
Ronnie Rogers Composer
Roni Stoneman Composer
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Rafe Van Hoy Composer
Ronnie Wilkins Composer
Bobby Borchers Composer
Hal Bynum Composer
Patsy Bruce Composer
Ron Peterson Composer
Russell Pay Remastering
Jon Philibert Liner Notes
Glenn Martin Composer
Dennis Wilson Composer
Claude "Curly" Putman Jr. Composer
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