Upfront & Down Low

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Given Teddy Thompson's talent as a songwriter and the cool, intelligent folk-rock leanings of his first two albums, he would hardly seem like a likely candidate to record an album of covers, especially one devoted to interpretations of old-school country classics made famous by the likes of George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. But that's just what Thompson has done with his third album, Upfront & Down Low, and while the arrangements occasionally refer to the honky tonk roots of these songs, for the most part Thompson strives to give these tunes a fresh interpretation, and the secret theme of this album seems to be one songwriter paying homage to ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Given Teddy Thompson's talent as a songwriter and the cool, intelligent folk-rock leanings of his first two albums, he would hardly seem like a likely candidate to record an album of covers, especially one devoted to interpretations of old-school country classics made famous by the likes of George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. But that's just what Thompson has done with his third album, Upfront & Down Low, and while the arrangements occasionally refer to the honky tonk roots of these songs, for the most part Thompson strives to give these tunes a fresh interpretation, and the secret theme of this album seems to be one songwriter paying homage to gifted colleagues in his field. Thompson's voice is essentially devoid of any southern twang, and his phrasing owes little clear allegiance to traditional country styles, but he clearly understands the emotional weight of the songs on this album, and his performances allows these classic tunes to be heard by fresh ears in a new context. While you can't take "She Thinks I Still Care" away from George Jones, and Ernest Tubb will always be linked to "Walking the Floor Over You," Thompson's renditions cast them in a new light, and his clear, unforced but emotionally resonant performances offer a striking reminder of how strong and timeless they really are, and the other songs fare every bit as well and he contributes one new song, "Down Low," that shows his chops as a tunesmith are still in fine shape. Thompson has assembled a superb band for these sessions including his father Richard Thompson on guitar, as well as Marc Ribot, Greg Leisz and David Mansfield, and Iris DeMent, Tift Merritt and Jenni Muldaur contribute excellent vocal support. But what makes Upfront & Down Low most effective is Thompson's excellent choices in material, and while this doesn't dig especially deep into the catalog of great Nashville songwriting, the 11 vintage numbers included here show how easy it is to find superb material in this context, and how striking they can be in the hands of a gifted interpreter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2007
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602517329997
  • Catalog Number: 000890802
  • Sales rank: 58,372

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teddy Thompson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Iris DeMent Piano, Vocals
Richard Thompson Guitar
Marc Ribot Guitar
Dinah Beamish Cello
Sally Herbert Violin
Julia Kent Cello
Greg Leisz Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
David Mansfield Dobro, Mandolin, Viola
Jenni Muldaur Vocals
Lorenza Ponce Violin
Tony Scherr Guitar
Jim Campilongo Guitar
Christopher Cardona Viola
Antoine Silverman Violin
Brian Fulk Vocals
Glenn Patscha Keyboards
Julia Singleton Violin
Claire Orsler Viola
Brad Albetta Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Dan Reiser Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Tift Merritt Vocals
Jason Crosby Piano
Anja Wood Cello
Jeff Alan Hill Bass
Glen Patscha Keyboards
Dan Reiser Drums
Technical Credits
Dolly Parton Composer
Casey Anderson Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Dallas Frazier Composer
Stan Kesler Composer
Robert Kirby String Arrangements
Barrie Maguire overdub engineer
John Bailes Composer
Rufus Wainwright String Arrangements
Liz Anderson Composer
Homer Bailes Composer
Zeke Clements Composer
Brian Fulk Engineer
Gary Waldman Management
Dickey Lee Lipscomb Composer
Cameron McBride overdub engineer
Chris Chapman overdub engineer
Teddy Thompson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jason Marcucci overdub engineer
George Winters Composer
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