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Untasted Honey

Untasted Honey

by Kathy Mattea
     
 
In many ways, Kathy Mattea's Untasted Honey is about as close as she's ever come to recording a bluegrass album. Of course, it's not bluegrass; it's more like Nash Vegas grass. The appearance of players and singers like Tim O'Brien, David Schnaufer, Ray Flynn, Ray Flacke, and a host of others suggests

Overview

In many ways, Kathy Mattea's Untasted Honey is about as close as she's ever come to recording a bluegrass album. Of course, it's not bluegrass; it's more like Nash Vegas grass. The appearance of players and singers like Tim O'Brien, David Schnaufer, Ray Flynn, Ray Flacke, and a host of others suggests Mattea is sticking close to the roots formula. Her reliance on songs by O'Brien, Fred Koller, Don Henry, and Pat Alger also directs the mix in a certain direction. With producer Allen Reynolds and backing vocals by O'Brien, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and John Thompson, this set is consistently fine. All of the songs seem to segue into one another, creating a tapestry, or a series of snapshots placed together in an album. "Untold Stories," a flashy stomp & roller with the influence of Bill Monroe haunting the background, is a hell of an opener -- especially with the mandolin and guitar solos. The Nelson Brothers' "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" is a song Rodney Crowell wishes he would have written, and as storyteller here, Mattea is so deep inside the story it's difficult to tell if she's recording a story or giving the listener a recounting of something that happened to her. "Late in the Day" is another O'Brien winner, full of rambling pedal steel and entwined acoustic guitars. Other standouts include the title track, with a virtual choir of backing vocalists and the punch of Bob Ray's voice. This is the most '80s neo-trad country track on the set, and it works. The funky country blues of Pat Alger and Mark D. Sanders' "Like a Hurricane" has that high lonesome ring to it, and Mattea's voice -- which is so large you can hear it echo within itself -- was created to sing a tune like this. In all, this is solid for such a young effort; the selection of tunes, particularly near the end of the record, falls apart, but there's plenty here to engage even the most casual of listeners.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/1994
Label:
Mca Special Products
UPC:
0042283279322
catalogNumber:
832793

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathy Mattea   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ray Flacke   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pat Alger   Acoustic Guitar
David Schnaufer   Dulcimer
Buck White   Piano
Guild   Guitar
Bobby Wood   Organ,Piano
Cindy Reynolds Wyatt   Harp
Craig Bickhardt   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar
Nick Forster   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Mike Leech   Bass
Chris Leuzinger   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums
Tim O'Brien   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Milton Sledge   Percussion,Drums
Pete Wasner   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Bob Wray   Bass
Roy Huskey   Bass
Craig Duncan and the Smoky Mountain Band   Hammered Dulcimer
David Schaufer   Dulcimer
John Thompson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Allen Reynolds   Producer
Mark Miller   Engineer
Ann Payne-Rice   Contributor
Barnes & Company   Graphic Design
Don Schlitz   Composer
Cheryl Riddle   Contributor
Valorie Cole   Contributor
Bill Barnes   Art Direction
Alan Reynolds   Producer

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