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Tonight I Ride

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Tom Corbett was born with a name sure to evoke memories of an intergalactic American future with listeners of a certain age, but he has no relation to the fictional Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. This Corbett is a mandolin player well known on the West Coast bluegrass, newgrass, swing, and alt-folk scene. He's been playing mandolin since he was 11, and has contributed his picking expertise to the String Wizards, John McEuen's post-Nitty Gritty Dirt Band group, and the acoustic solo album of Mike Ness Social Distortion. On Tonight I Ride, Corbett covers a lot of ground and shows off his chops in a variety of musical settings. "Welcome to Tom's Place" is a spry bit of jazzy Texas ...
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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Tom Corbett was born with a name sure to evoke memories of an intergalactic American future with listeners of a certain age, but he has no relation to the fictional Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. This Corbett is a mandolin player well known on the West Coast bluegrass, newgrass, swing, and alt-folk scene. He's been playing mandolin since he was 11, and has contributed his picking expertise to the String Wizards, John McEuen's post-Nitty Gritty Dirt Band group, and the acoustic solo album of Mike Ness Social Distortion. On Tonight I Ride, Corbett covers a lot of ground and shows off his chops in a variety of musical settings. "Welcome to Tom's Place" is a spry bit of jazzy Texas swing with a winning lyric and first-rate playing from a band of Toms -- Tom Rozum on second mandolin, fiddler Tom Sauber, Tom Lee on bass, drummer Tom Lackner, and Tom Ball playing harmonica in a style the suggests a muted trumpet. "Still Hear Her Crying" is a folky railroad tune about an engineer who meets an untimely end and the woman who loves him. The song sounds like it could have been written a hundred years ago or yesterday. The title track is a prison song with a stomping Waylon Jennings-like beat and a surprisingly upbeat lyric. David West's electric guitar makes the tune's message of hope soar. "Love Me One More Time" is a humorous bluegrass tune about the end of a relationship that includes delicious references to all the good food the singer's ex used to make, while Corbett channels Townes Van Zandt on "17 Miles a Day," a brooding, mysterious ballad full of ominous images. There are two stellar instrumentals, too. "Flip Flop Flingers" is a playful romp driven by a simple repeated melodic figure that'll stick in your mind after a single listen, with guitarist Mike Mullins trading snappy solos with Corbett's mandolin, and "Doce de Mayo" is a lilting Tex-Mex polka. With the exception of a twang-heavy version of the Charley Pride hit "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone," everything on the album was written by Corbett. With songwriting chops this good, and his warm, pure country vocals, he should soon be moving to the forefront of California's singer/songwriter scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2010
  • Label: Back 9 Records
  • UPC: 700261297439
  • Catalog Number: 8010
  • Sales rank: 313,966

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Corbett Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Mandocello
Randy Tico Bass
Phil Salazar Fiddle
Tom Ball Harmonica, Bass Harmonica
Victor Bisetti Drums
Bill Bryson Bass, Vocal Harmony
Nina Gerber Guitar, Slide Guitar
Tom Lee Bass
Mike Mullins Guitar
Herb Pedersen Vocal Harmony
Tom Rozum Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Tom Sauber Banjo, Fiddle
Kenny Sultan Guitar
David West Bass, Tuba, Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Lorenzo Martinez Guitarron
Claire Holley Vocal Harmony
Tom Lackner Drums
Jonathan McEuen Vocal Harmony
Candy Girard Viola
Otoño Lujan Accordion
Dave Bourne Piano, Trumpet
Bill Knopf Banjo
Technical Credits
Ed Tree Engineer
David West Engineer
Drew Daniels Engineer
Jean Krikorian Art Direction
Tom Corbett Composer, Producer
Ronan Chris Murphy Engineer
Glenn Martin Composer
David Kirby Composer
Emmet Sargeant Mastering
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