Walking Among the Living

Walking Among the Living

by Jon Randall
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

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.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0828767788821
catalogNumber:
77888
Rank:
232775

Tracks

Read More

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

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >