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Way Out Yonder
     

Way Out Yonder

by Sons of the San Joaquin
 
In this day and age, it's hard to sing cowboy songs in the manner of the Sons of the Pioneers and not sound either campy or a bit delusional, and it's a tribute to their great love of the form that the Sons of the San Joaquin not only approach their material with superb craft but a sincerity and commitment that rings clear and

Overview

In this day and age, it's hard to sing cowboy songs in the manner of the Sons of the Pioneers and not sound either campy or a bit delusional, and it's a tribute to their great love of the form that the Sons of the San Joaquin not only approach their material with superb craft but a sincerity and commitment that rings clear and true every time they go into the recording studio. Released in 2006, Way Out Yonder is the trio's seventh album, and finds the Sons at the top of their game as the finest cowboy act around today. While brothers Jack and Joe Hannah and Joe's son Lon Hannah harmonize beautifully, it's Jack's emphatic lead vocals and fine songwriting that truly set this group apart -- if he's not the leader of the group, he's certainly first among equals, and he understands the musical and iconographic history of the American West well enough to write songs like "The Famous Long X Brand," "It's the Open Range for Me," and "Way Out Yonder" with an immediacy and heart that strip away any patina of cheap nostalgia. It's also a testament to the Sons of the San Joaquin's talents that they can perform covers of such classics as "Mexicali Rose" and "There's a Rainbow Over the Range" and make them fit effortlessly alongside Jack's originals, and that their clean but uncluttered new recordings can draw the same sort of emotional impact as the originals. Way Out Yonder is a fine recording from a group that's truly the best at what it does, and it's a gentle pleasure to hear.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
Label:
Western Jubilee
UPC:
0803020121324
catalogNumber:
13
Rank:
253272

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Performance Credits

Sons of the San Joaquin   Primary Artist
Tim Johnson   Fiddle
Lon Hannah   Guitar
Steve Story   Fiddle
Mark Abbott   Bass,Electric Bass
Rich O'Brien   Banjo,Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion
Randy "The Owl" Elmore   Fiddle
Richard Chon   Fiddle
Dennis Mack   Bass
Ginny Mae   Accordion
Kevin Sherbon   Trumpet
Ronny Shultz   Trumpet
Ronnie Ellis   Electric Bass
Steve Story   Fiddle
Dennis Mack   Electric Bass
Tim Johnson   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Johnny Western   Liner Notes
Tim Spencer   Composer
Helen Stone   Composer
Rich O'Brien   Producer,Audio Production
Butch Hause   Engineer
Kenn Lee   Composer
Russ Pate   Producer
Eric Sherbon   Engineer
Bill Thornbury   Composer

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