Walking Among the Living

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
He may not yet be a household name, but Jon Randall is recognized by his peers for his tremendous artistry, both as a harmony singer and guitarist (for Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett, among others) and as a songwriter (his "Whiskey Lullaby," for example, has been recorded by both Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley). On his latest solo venture, he gets some vocal support from friends including Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, and Jessi Alexander, but this is Randall's album all the way. True to his roots, he's kept it heavy on traditional accoutrements: fiddles, acoustic guitars, banjos, standup bass, dobro, and New Traditionalist-era harmonies. He sings in a clear, personable ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
He may not yet be a household name, but Jon Randall is recognized by his peers for his tremendous artistry, both as a harmony singer and guitarist (for Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett, among others) and as a songwriter (his "Whiskey Lullaby," for example, has been recorded by both Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley). On his latest solo venture, he gets some vocal support from friends including Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, and Jessi Alexander, but this is Randall's album all the way. True to his roots, he's kept it heavy on traditional accoutrements: fiddles, acoustic guitars, banjos, standup bass, dobro, and New Traditionalist-era harmonies. He sings in a clear, personable tenor, with phrasing at times reminiscent of Lyle Lovett, but always knowing and nuanced. The tunes (he wrote or co-wrote all but one of the 14 here) tend toward the reflective and introspective with a couple of funky bits -- such as the engaging "Austin" and the razor-edged "Coming Back for More" -- energizing the body as well as the mind. Both "In the Country" and "North Carolina Moon" limn the rejuvenating comforts of home and family, while Alison Krauss lends a chilling harmony to the moral tortures described in the cheating ballad, "I Shouldn't Do This." A dramatic, cello-enhanced reading of "Whiskey Lullaby" brings chills, as it should, and the lone cover, a shuffling take on the estimable R. L. Castleman's "My Life," provides a jubilant, bluegrass closer to this content-rich disc. This one's a Walk/I> to remember.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Walking Among the Living is Jon Randall's first record in six years, his first since the independent 1999 release Willin' failed to earn an audience. That followed two major-label LPs -- his 1995 debut, What You Don't Know, for RCA and his 1998 effort for Asylum, Cold Coffee Morning -- that also didn't make many waves, and after three strikes, he turned to a career as a professional musician and songwriter, playing with Sam Bush, Lyle Lovett, and Patty Loveless. Then, in 2004, Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss had a Top Ten country hit with his original song "Whiskey Lullaby," and Randall suddenly became a hot commodity. He wound up signing with Epic, releasing Walking Among the Living in the fall of 2005. While this LP marks his third shot at the big time, there is a big difference between this album and What You Don't Know and Cold Coffee Morning. On those two records, he had to play the Nashville game, recording songs by other writers. Here, he sings nothing but his own material, and the result is revelatory. This is first and foremost a writer's record: it's quiet and gentle, spare and unadorned, with the minimal, acoustic-based arrangements emphasizing not just Randall's words, but his lean, tightly constructed compositions. This makes Walking Among the Living an album that rewards close attention, yet unlike some songwriters who place the lyrics above the music, Randall also has a way with a sweet melody, and has an appealingly laid-back performing style. This is such a relaxed album that some listeners may take it for granted, since Randall makes it sound so easy, but what makes Walking Among the Living a small gem is that it's ideal for either relaxation or introspection, and repeated listens reveal what a strong, subtle writer Randall is. Surely, there are plenty of songs here that other performers could poach and have a hit with, but what makes Walking Among the Living a success is that it showcases Jon Randall's strengths as both a writer and a musician. It may have taken him a decade to finally make a record worthy of his talents, but fortunately "Whiskey Lullaby" gave him the opportunity to cut this fine, understated album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 828767788821
  • Catalog Number: 77888
  • Sales rank: 404,582

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Randall Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Alison Krauss Background Vocals
Sam Bush Fiddle, Mandolin, Background Vocals, Slide Mandolin
Patty Loveless Background Vocals
Glen Duncan Banjo, Electric Guitar
Denyse Buffum Viola
Steve Conn Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Larry Corbett Cello
John Cowan Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin, Octave Violin
Béla Fleck Banjo
Vince Gill Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Trey Henry Double Bass
Byron House Bass, Double Bass
Rob Ickes Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar
Carl Jackson Background Vocals
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Gary Nicholson national steel guitar
Dave Pomeroy Bass, Electric Bass
Darrell Scott Background Vocals
Pete Wasner Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Evan Wilson Viola
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Pat Bergeson Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar, national steel guitar
Sonya Isaacs Background Vocals
Rudy Stein Cello
Greg Davis Banjo
Andy Leftwich Fiddle, Mandolin
Jessi Alexander Background Vocals
Chris Brown Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
George Massenburg Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Sound Design, Stereo Mix Producer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Mike Poole Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Gary Scruggs Composer
Ronnie Stewart Composer
Jon Randall Composer, Producer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner Art Direction
Robert Lee Castleman Composer
Deb Haus Art Direction, Artist Development
Sylvia Meiler Creative Producer
David Robinson Engineer
Paula Jehle Turner Groomer
Jessi Alexander Composer
Melanie Castleman Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You MUST get this CD!!

    I LOVE this CD!!! Jon Randall, who co-wrote the Brad Paisley/Allison Kraus ballad "Whiskey Lullaby" wrote all but one of this songs on this CD. His version of "Whiskey Lullaby" is even included! There is something in this CD for everyone, no matter what style of music you like -- country, rock, blues, bluegrass -- it's all in there! I highly recommend this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Randall’s well-executed music has a calming effect

    Playing Time – 54:07 -- Because there are so many Stewarts and Stuarts in Nashville, Jon Randall Stewart simply became known as “Jon Randall” back in the early-1990s. With the exception of the closing cut, “My Life,” Nashville-based Jon Randall wrote all the songs on “Walking Among the Living.” Best know as a backup vocalist with top-name artists like Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush and Lyle Lovett, singer/songwriter Jon Randall shows that he deserves the spotlight. Randall’s well-executed music has a calming effect, and a large reputable label like Epic appears to be grooming and presenting him for mainstream success. At track six is “Whiskey Lullaby,” a song he wrote with Bill Anderson that brought CMA and ACM awards to Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss for their sad and grievous duet. “In the Country” was written with Gary Scruggs and “North Carolina Moon” was penned with Ron Stewart. Throughout the album, the music is kept largely acoustic, and the arrangements enhance his expressive voice without overpowering. Guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin, piano, and percussion are just what the doctor ordered for his emotionally-charged vocalizing. Midway through the set, harmonica imparts intensity to the bluesy “Austin.” Jon Randall has enlisted some impressive instrumental and vocal support for the project. “No Southern Comfort” has Alison Krauss’ silky smooth backup, while Patty Loveless belts out harmony for “I Shouldn't Do This.” The title cut could well be his theme song as this solo debut project will open a new chapter for this talented singer and songwriter. The juxtaposition of organ and banjo in the song’s arrangement emphasizes his desire to simply make good music that knows no boundaries. Although the drums a bit heavy in the mix, Randall’s only cover, Robert Lee Castleman’s “My Life,” evolves into a hot picking session that features some kickin’ guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin breaks. From Dallas, Jon’s parents both played bluegrass music. He moved to Nashville after graduating from high school, and his break came at age 20 when Holly Dunn hired him after hearing him at Nashville's Opryland theme park. He then worked for five years with Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers. Jon recorded for BNA Records, Asylum Records, and Eminent Records. With Sam Bush, he recorded Glamour & Grits (1996) and Howlin' at the Moon (1998). After a stint touring with Lyle Lovett, he sang with Patty Loveless on Mountain Soul (2001) and Bluegrass & White Snow (2002). Patty and Jon also sang together on Grammy winner, Livin,' Lovin,' Losin,': Songs of the Louvin Brothers. It’s nice to see him now concentrating on writing and presenting his own outstanding songs. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)

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