Walk the Way the Wind Blows

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Oh yeah, 1986, when Kathy Mattea was still a country singer, she was one of them, the "new traditionalists" at that point in time, before she became such an awesome pop singer. Walk the Way the Wind Blows is the rootsiest in the American sense of the word album Mattea had recorded up to that time. With a cast of players that included progressive bluegrass upstart Béla Fleck, country legend Don Williams, Wendy Waldman, Buddy Spicher, up and comer Vince Gill, bass king Bob Wray, and a slew of others, Mattea took honky tonk songs, shimmied them up against bluegrass energy and funky horns "Train of Memories", and came up with something entirely different. And while it's erratic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Oh yeah, 1986, when Kathy Mattea was still a country singer, she was one of them, the "new traditionalists" at that point in time, before she became such an awesome pop singer. Walk the Way the Wind Blows is the rootsiest in the American sense of the word album Mattea had recorded up to that time. With a cast of players that included progressive bluegrass upstart Béla Fleck, country legend Don Williams, Wendy Waldman, Buddy Spicher, up and comer Vince Gill, bass king Bob Wray, and a slew of others, Mattea took honky tonk songs, shimmied them up against bluegrass energy and funky horns "Train of Memories", and came up with something entirely different. And while it's erratic in places, Walk the Way the Wind Blows is a fine outing overall. It's on the funky, rocked-up or old-timey down swing jazzers like "Evenin'" where the disc works the best. Her ballad singing hadn't gotten to the place it did just three years later; on "Reason to Live" it falls a tad flat, and the stirring conviction of her later singing is not yet in place here. The one exception is her cover of Nanci Griffith's "Love at the Five and Dime." Its pacing and restraint -- courtesy of expert production by Allen Reynolds and Don Williams' harmony vocal -- make the song a mind movie. Mattea's vocal tells the story as if she is looking back on her own life instead of being a reportorial account of fictional characters. The refrain with Williams is chillingly beautiful, as if, now old and gray, they are singing to one another in the moonlight. The stellar dobro and Cajun accordion carry the lyric into the stratosphere on "Back Up Grinnin' Again." Mattea found a formula; restless as she is, changing direction and producers so often, she didn't stick with it long. Nonetheless, Walk the Way the Wind Blows is one of her better efforts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 042283040526
  • Catalog Number: 830405
  • Sales rank: 54,448

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kathy Mattea Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Ray Flacke Electric Guitar
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Don Williams Vocals
Wendy Waldman Vocals
Bobby Wood Keyboards
Charlie Anderson Harmonica
Craig Bickhardt Vocals
Bruce Bouton Guitar, Steel Guitar
Tommy Cozart Drums
Quitman Dennis Horn
Bill Donohue Piano
Bessyl Duhon Accordion
Béla Fleck Banjo
Pat Flynn Guitar
Vince Gill Vocal Harmony
Jim Horn Horn
Wayne Jackson Horn
Chris Leuzinger Guitar
Kenny Malone Percussion
Tim O'Brien Guitar, Mandolin
Mark O'Connor Fiddle
Jim Photoglo Background Vocals
Brent Rowan Guitar
Milton Sledge Drums
K. Susan Taylor Guitar
Bob Wray Bass
Technical Credits
Mike Leech Arranger
Marcus Miller Engineer
Allen Reynolds Producer
Mark Miller Engineer
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