Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
However rough-and-tumble his life, Johnny Paycheck left behind an amazing body of work, and this tribute album does it proud. Produced by Robbie Fulks and featuring an ace band that includes Paycheck's own pedal steel virtuoso, Lloyd Green lured out of retirement to play some dazzling licks, Touch My Heart surveys the Paycheck catalogue, from riveting early obscurities to smash hits from his prime with Epic and producer Billy Sherrill. "Take This Job and Shove It" brings Buck Owens back into the studio, with Bobby Bare, Radney Foster, and Jeff Tweedy, for a gritty, rambunctious take on an instant classic. The prison nightmare "11 Months and 29 Days" is transformed into a...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
However rough-and-tumble his life, Johnny Paycheck left behind an amazing body of work, and this tribute album does it proud. Produced by Robbie Fulks and featuring an ace band that includes Paycheck's own pedal steel virtuoso, Lloyd Green lured out of retirement to play some dazzling licks, Touch My Heart surveys the Paycheck catalogue, from riveting early obscurities to smash hits from his prime with Epic and producer Billy Sherrill. "Take This Job and Shove It" brings Buck Owens back into the studio, with Bobby Bare, Radney Foster, and Jeff Tweedy, for a gritty, rambunctious take on an instant classic. The prison nightmare "11 Months and 29 Days" is transformed into a grinding, bluesy boogie by Dave Alvin, whose husky vocal strikes precisely the right degree of weariness with which to relate the details of the countdown in question. Paycheck's near-palpable guilt and remorse fueled his version of "I'm the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised," but the foreboding ambiance of Hank Williams III's dark, spartan reading with BR5-49's Don Herron on fiddle and mandolin suggests more mayhem a-borning. His mountain voice at its expressive best, Jim Lauderdale does a beautiful job with the lilting love song, "I Want You to Know," and Paycheck's former boss, George Jones, offers up a warm treatment of another love testimonial, "She's All I Got." Neko Case "If I'm Gonna Sink I Might as Well Go to the Bottom", Marshall Crenshaw "I'm Barely Hangin' On to Me", and Mavis Staples a magnificent gospel-tinged "Touch My Heart" do right by the borderline psychotic material in the canon. Would that Paycheck were here to enjoy this, because he would, and he deserved that much.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Johnny Paycheck is best remembered as the likably ornery Nashville outlaw who scored a major crossover hit with David Allan Coe's "Take This Job and Shove it" and made the title a household phrase. Unfortunately, as is often the case, Paycheck's biggest hit also created a one-dimensional image that he was never able to escape, and did no justice to the full scope of his talent. Paycheck was a fine singer, a gifted songwriter, a respected journeyman musician who anchored road bands for George Jones and Porter Wagoner, and an artist whose work could be bitingly funny, heart-wrenching, intensely personal, or a little disturbing depending on which tune from which point of his career you chose to cue up. In short, the late Johnny Paycheck is a guy whose public profile could stand an overhaul, and thankfully ace songwriter and noted fan Robbie Fulks has been given the opportunity to do just that with Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck, in which 20 artists interpret songs that were either written or recorded by Paycheck during his nearly 40-year career in music. Fulks recorded most of these performances with the same core session band including Redd Volkaert on guitar and the great Lloyd Green on pedal steel, giving the album a consistent and unified personality that makes this more than a collection of well-intentioned but scattershot single sides, and the "casting" is inspired, with all the performers ideal fits for their selections. George Jones captures the desperation amidst the bravado of "She's All I Got," Mavis Staples finds an almost spiritual devotion in "Touch My Heart," Neko Case's hard-edged honky tonk charge through "If I'm Gonna Sink I Might as Well Go to the Bottom" is breathless and a little bit scary, Mike Ireland's beautiful take on "A Man That's Satisfied" confirms he's one of the greatest unsung talents in country music, and Hank Williams III captures the dark and hopeless heart of "I'm the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised" while calling up the spirit of his grandpa. Nearly every track on Touch My Heart dips into a slightly different shade of classic country music, and every song satisfies, while cohering into a thoroughly convincing and genuinely affecting argument for the diversity of Johnny Paycheck's talent. In short, this is a working model of how a tribute album should be done, and one imagines that, somewhere in that great honky tonk in the sky, Paycheck is tipping his hat to Robbie Fulks and his many talented friends -- they've truly done right by his work and his memory. Points added for David Cantwell's superb liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891108124
  • Catalog Number: 1081
  • Sales rank: 191,642

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Bare Vocals
Gail Davies Vocals, Background Vocals
George Jones Vocals
Jim Lauderdale Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bill Lloyd Acoustic Guitar
Buck Owens Vocals
Dave Alvin Electric Guitar, Vocals
Al Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Marshall Crenshaw Vocals
Andy Gibson Dobro
Lloyd Green Pedal Steel Guitar
Phil Madeira Hammond Organ
Johnny Bush Vocals
Joe Terry Piano
Radney Foster Vocals
Larry Cordle Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Dennis Crouch Upright Bass
Duane Denison Electric Guitar
Mike Ireland Vocals
Russ Pahl wah wah guitar
Hank Singer Fiddle, Mandolin
Mavis Staples Vocals
Jeff Tweedy Vocals
Kenny Vaughan Electric Guitar
Redd Volkaert Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dallas Wayne Vocals
Billy Yates Vocals, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Robbie Fulks Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Neko Case Vocals
Don Herron Mandolin
Kami Lyle Trumpet
Hank Williams III Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Gerald Dowd Drums
Bobby Bare Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Joe Buck Bass Fiddle
Chris Scruggs Acoustic Guitar
Carey Kotsionis Vocals
Technical Credits
Bobby Bare Composer
David Allan Coe Composer
Johnny Paycheck Composer
Gary "U.S." Bonds Composer
Jerry Williams Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Aubrey Mayhew Composer
Bill Rice Composer
Bobby Austin Composer
Bobby Borchers Composer
Jerry Foster Composer
Wayne Kemp Composer
Mack Vickery Composer
Robbie Fulks Producer
King Williams Engineer
Patrick Murphy Engineer
Hank Williams III Producer
Jim Lightman Engineer
Joe Poovey Composer
Chris O'Donnell Engineer
Larry Kingston Composer
Fran Pelzman Liscio Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Money In The Bank

    In one of the best tribute albums ever, Robbie Fulks has gathered together some stellar pickers, a diverse range of great singers and a catalogue of superb Johnny Paycheck songs (or songs he sang). From Neko Case's heart-wrenching rendition of "If I'm Gonna Sink" to Larry Cordles beautiful version of "Old Violin", this album smokes from start to finish. I have most of the original Paycheck versions and this album contains as good as or if not better versions of these great songs. Al Anderson's take on "Someone To Give My Love To" shows just what a great singer and player he is, while Dave Alvin has never sounded as manacing and gritty on "11 Months and 29 Days". Usually on tribute albums you find quite a few tracks which don't live up to or respect the original artist or his/her feeling for the song. Well here, Robbie Fulks has produced an album on which everything (artists, songs, backing band, sound quality and attitude) is just near perfect. I seriously suggest that if you wish to explore the Johnny Paycheck catalogue, you get this album first; not only does it prime you for the "Paycheck experience", but allows you to hear a range of great country artists doing some of their best work. It's not only a mighty introduction to Paycheck but an excellent introduction to the many artists involved. Most tribute albums would make the original artist turn in their grave but this one should allow Johnny Paycheck to Rest in Peace; if he's not already raising Hell in Heaven. Highly Recommended.

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