This Is Our Time

This Is Our Time

by David Frizzell
     
 

This is a set that is straight out of left field. In 2008, country music singing and songwriting legend David Frizzell decided to cut a different kind of album. He assembled a who's who of country music from one of its most vital yet bygone eras by today's slick standards, as Nash Vegas has decided to literally forget the still vital artists who helped to establish it… See more details below

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This is a set that is straight out of left field. In 2008, country music singing and songwriting legend David Frizzell decided to cut a different kind of album. He assembled a who's who of country music from one of its most vital yet bygone eras by today's slick standards, as Nash Vegas has decided to literally forget the still vital artists who helped to establish it as one of the most potent forces in American popular music. Frizzell's This Is Our Time lays down a convincing argument that these artists are every bit as viable as they were back when they were reigning on the charts. Featured here is a set of his own songs and covers, sung as solos and duets with friends. There are some very big names: Crystal Gayle, Merle Haggard, Johnny Rodriguez, and Bobby Bare make up the best known, but the next-tier artists are just as important. They include Jeannie Seely, Gene Watson, T. Graham Brown, Johnny Lee, Lacy J. Dalton, Helen Cornelius, and Jimmy Fortune, to name just a few. The beauty besides the music lies in the fact that Frizzell doesn't give a damn about enlisting any current Nashville A-list or Billboard-charting talent. He's got plenty right here. The set opens -- rather than closes -- with a group number. It's the title track, written by Frizzell, Tom Botkin, and Kevin Denney, and incorporates within it the name lines of hits from every one of these performers. That said, it is easily displaced by some of the other performances here. For starters, there's "Wedding Dress for Sale," with Gayle. Neither her voice nor Frizzell's has been touched by time. The empathic communication between the two is stellar, and Frizzell's tune is one of those brilliant stories that has been part and parcel of the country music tradition since the beginning. This is followed by a killer version of Roger Alan Wade's"Warm Spanish Wine," a duet with Rodriguez. Its sad beauty conjures memories of Marty Robbins, Ronnie Milsap, and Freddy Fender. While the version of "Long Black Veil" here -- recorded with Watson -- doesn't replace Johnny Cash's classic version, it is a killer nonetheless. Hag and Frizzell team up on brother Lefty's "If You Got the Money, I've Got the Time." Haggard has recorded it before and so has Frizzell, but together they capture the party-time joy in the lyric with a classic honky tonk swing melody. The rockin' country of "Cowboy Hat" belongs to Bare and Frizzell. The former's big throaty baritone owns the tune, but it's a stellar moment from country music's outlaw era. The raw sensuality between Helen Cornelius and Frizzell on "Could It Be We Fell in Love Tonight" offers an accurate portrayal of love breaking through the bonds of lust. The track "Three Minutes" is a stellar trio number between David, brother Allen, and Allen's daughter Tess Frizzell (whose mother is Shelly West). Tess is perhaps the most welcome surprise in the bunch, coming up from a new generation. The woman's voice is all killer, no filler. The other up-and-comer is Arkansan Amy Clawson, one of the youngsters of the group at only 34, who appears on the songwriter's "Why Wasn't It Me," and the older style of material suits her beautifully. The solo numbers are no less effective here -- Frizzell is a writer of real consequence and always has been, despite the fact that his deceased older brother has overshadowed him. Check the two-step honky tonker "No Regrets" or the lilting ballad "Dream of Angels" for rock-hard proof. Included in the package is a DVD that features an intimate, warts-and-all video documentary on the making of the album. This goes as far as the album in revealing that these artists still possess their gifts (even in some cases if their voices are lower). This is well done and one of the dark-horse candidates for indie album of the year in country.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
Label:
NASHVILLE AMERICA
UPC:
0801579194127
catalogNumber:
1941

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. This Is Our Time  - Kevin Denney
  2. Wedding Dress for Sale
  3. Warm Spanish Wine
  4. If You Got the Money, I've Got the Time
  5. Long Black Veil
  6. Dream of Angels
  7. Music (Where Did It Come From?)
  8. Nobody's Darlin' But Mine
  9. How Long's Love Gonna Put Up with That?
  10. Got to Get to Louisiana
  11. Someday
  12. Something 'Bout You
  13. Cowboy Hat
  14. Could It Be We Fell in Love Tonight
  15. No Regrets
  16. You Can't Love Her
  17. Three Minutes  - Tess Frizzell
  18. Why Wasn't It Me  - Amy Clawson
  19. Ordinary Joe
  20. Reckless Wind  - John Cowan

Disc 2

  1. This Is Our Time  - Kevin Denney
  2. Wedding Dress for Sale
  3. Warm Spanish Wine
  4. If You Got the Money, I've Got the Time
  5. Long Black Veil
  6. Dream of Angels
  7. Music (Where Did It Come From?)
  8. Nobody's Darlin' But Mine
  9. How Long's Love Gonna Put Up with That?
  10. Got to Get to Louisiana
  11. Someday
  12. Something 'Bout You
  13. Cowboy Hat
  14. Could It Be We Fell in Love Tonight
  15. No Regrets
  16. You Can't Love Her
  17. Three Minutes  - Tess Frizzell
  18. Why Wasn't It Me  - Amy Clawson
  19. Ordinary Joe
  20. Reckless Wind  - John Cowan

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Frizzell   Primary Artist
Helen Cornelius   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Musician
Vickie Carrico   Background Vocals
Sonny Garrish   Musician
Rob Hajacos   Musician
Tony Harrell   Leader,Musician
Chris Leuzinger   Musician
Brent Mason   Musician
Greg Morrow   Musician
Steve Turner   Musician
Jimmy Fortune   Background Vocals
Merle Haggard & the Strangers   Track Performer
Mark Beckett   Musician
Joel Key   Musician
Jeff "JT" King   Musician
Michael Black   Background Vocals
Spady Brannon   Musician
Steve Hinsen   Musician

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Charlie Moore   Composer
David Frizzell   Composer,Producer
Lou Bradley   Engineer
Norm Hamlet   Contributor
John Nicholson   Engineer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Kevin Williams   Contributor
Tim Howard   Contributor
Danny Dill   Composer
Steve Chandler   Engineer
DeWayne Blackwell   Composer
Doug Colosio   Contributor
Rick Scott   Composer
Kevin Denney   Composer
Roger Alan Wade   Composer
Bill Adams   Contributor
Dennis Knutson   Composer
Robert Sickler   Graphic Design
David Scott Joss   Contributor

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