This Is Me

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 4/26/1994
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624550129
  • Catalog Number: 45501
  • Sales rank: 115,360

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 Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    I bought the tape in 1995, and now am ordering the CD, because it is Randy Travis at his best!

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