Unleashed Live

Unleashed Live

by Charlie Robison
     
 

Charlie Robison, Bruce Robison, and Jack Ingram, three of the brightest rising stars of the new Texas honky-tonk tradition, pool their talents for this impressive live disc. Recorded at Texas' legendary Gruene Hall on the last night of the three artists' collective tour inSee more details below

Overview

Charlie Robison, Bruce Robison, and Jack Ingram, three of the brightest rising stars of the new Texas honky-tonk tradition, pool their talents for this impressive live disc. Recorded at Texas' legendary Gruene Hall on the last night of the three artists' collective tour in 1999, Unleashed Live features four signature cuts from each artist. Bruce Robison, arguably the most thoughtful songwriter of the bunch, kicks off with the cry-in-your-beer tune "The Good Life" and brings wife Kelly Willis along to add vocals to "Angry All the Time." Bruce's big brother Charlie balances the sardonic and the soulful on "Sunset Boulevard" and "Loving County" and caps up his portion of the set with the raucous fairytale rewrite "Barlight." Jack Ingram ups the intensity with "Mustang Burn" and brings it home with the song he contributed to the Hope Floats soundtrack, "Travis County." And you can dance to all of 'em.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lucky Dog labelmates Jack Ingram and Bruce and Charlie Robison provide a virtual label sampler on this equally divided concert album recorded at Gruene Hall in New Bruanfels, TX. The three constitute a kind of South Central Texas version of the Flatlanders, that occasional triumvirate of Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore from West Texas. Each is a singer-songwriter with a Southwest perspective and an interest in bars, drinking, heartbreak, and working class life. Bruce Robison, who leads things off with four songs, comes off as the most sensitive and literate of the three, calling up his older brother to sing with him on "Rayne, Louisiana" and performing the divorce song "Angry All the Time" as a duet with Kelly Willis. Charlie Robison, who takes the lead on the middle four songs, is a crowd pleaser, filling his songs with drug and drinking references and lacing them with humor and melodrama, especially "Sunset Boulevard," in which he fantasizes about the kind of fame and fortune in the entertainment business that would allow him to forget a recent heartbreak, and the lengthy story song "Loving County," with its images of violence and infidelity. Concluding things, Jack Ingram rocks harder than either of the brothers, but his songs are still rooted in the ambiance of a Texas barroom. And it sounds like they're all playing in a Texas barroom, as the audience hoots and hollers and sings along. This is the kind of live album that makes you wish you were there, with a beer in your hand and another couple under your belt.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646379028
catalogNumber:
63790

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Robison   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Jack Ingram   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mike McAdam   Electric Guitar
Mark Patterson   Drums
Bruce Robison   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Brad Fordham   Bass Guitar
Chip Dolan   Accordion,Keyboards
John Ludwick   Bass Guitar
Kevin Carroll   Electric Guitar
Pete Coatney   Drums
Scott Esbeck   Bass Guitar,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Blake Chancey   Producer
Randy LeRoy   Mastering
Bruce Robinson   Composer
Bruce Robison   Composer
Phil Barnett   Digital Editing
Rollow Welch   Art Direction
Bob Wright   Producer,Engineer

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