This Is Me

This Is Me

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by Randy Travis
     
 

This Is Me, his first album in three years -- after a pair of greatest-hits albums and a vanity project -- shows that while Randy Travis may have been takin' care of other business, his talent hadn't gone anywhere. He kicks things off with a bang on "Honky Tonk Side of Town," which exploits all of Travis' strengths in one song, from its shuffling swinging honkySee more details below

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This Is Me, his first album in three years -- after a pair of greatest-hits albums and a vanity project -- shows that while Randy Travis may have been takin' care of other business, his talent hadn't gone anywhere. He kicks things off with a bang on "Honky Tonk Side of Town," which exploits all of Travis' strengths in one song, from its shuffling swinging honky tonk blues melody to his shifting and rolling vocal inflections to the burning guitars, singing fiddles, and Pig Robbins' unmistakable piano tinkling. Before a feminist listener can catch her breath, Travis jumps back in with another uptempo bluesy number that will have her laughing at "Before You Kill Us All." There are fine midtempo country ballads here too, including Trey Bruce's brilliant "Whisper My Name," among the greatest songs Travis has ever recorded. The backing vocals by Suzy Ragsdale, Darrell Scott, and Verlon Thompson set the tune apart and accent what a grateful love song this is. There are few of these in country music, and of the ones that do exist too many are overly sentimental. This one rings like the stone truth. Larry Gatlin's "Runaway Train" is given proper choogling treatment here, with acoustic guitars ushering in Travis' vocal before the band underlines it all with sheer momentum and gives the title and lyric ass-kicking honky tonk credence. Gatlin's gift for metaphor is nearly singular, and Travis exploits it to the fullest here. On the Kieran Kane-penned "Gonna Walk That Line," Travis runs through his best George Jones bass singing, and Mark O'Connor's fiddle lifts a modern Ernest Tubb-styled barroom tune to a sophisticated, swinging elegance. The set closes with "Oscar the Angel," the only overly sentimental song on the album and its weakest link. The message of the tune is fine, but it's pure corn. At least it's the last track. This Is Me is a better effort from Travis than anybody had any right to expect, and proves he is still a force to reckon with.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/1994
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624550129
catalogNumber:
45501
Rank:
148162

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Travis   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Verlon Thompson   Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Electric Guitar
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Dennis Burnside   Keyboards
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Bruce Dees   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Doyle Grisham   Steel Guitar
Jim Hoke   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sherilyn Huffman   Background Vocals
David Hungate   Bass
Paul Leim   Drums
Chris Leuzinger   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Suzy Ragsdale   Background Vocals
Cindy Richardson Walker   Background Vocals
Tom Roady   Percussion
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Kayton Roberts   Steel Guitar
Darrell Scott   Background Vocals
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Jay Spell   Electric Piano
Harry Stinson   Drums
Diane Vanette   Background Vocals
Billy Joe Walker   Electric Guitar
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Larrie Londin   Drums
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kyle Lehning   Producer
Marshall Morgan   Engineer
Doug Sax   Mastering
Toby Seay   Engineer
Joe Bogan   Engineer
Janice Azrak   Art Direction
Max T. Barnes   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Keith Follesé   Composer
James Paul O'Hara   Composer

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