Wearing the Time

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All Music Guide - Jim Esch
Wearing the Time 1994 proved to be something of a comeback for Tom Paxton, or at least a return to form. Although he was putting out laudable CDs for kids in the early '90s, he hadn't delivered an adult-oriented set of songs since 1991. Thanks in part to the popularity of Nanci Griffith's 1993 homage to old folkys, Other Voices, Other Rooms, interest in '60s-era folk stars had reawakened among contemporary folk audiences. Paxton emerged from a self-admitted bout with depression in 1994 with this 12-song set on the Sugar Hill label. Produced in Nashville by Jim Rooney who also produced Nanci Griffith and sprinkled with admiring quotes from the leading lights of contemporary ...
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All Music Guide - Jim Esch
Wearing the Time 1994 proved to be something of a comeback for Tom Paxton, or at least a return to form. Although he was putting out laudable CDs for kids in the early '90s, he hadn't delivered an adult-oriented set of songs since 1991. Thanks in part to the popularity of Nanci Griffith's 1993 homage to old folkys, Other Voices, Other Rooms, interest in '60s-era folk stars had reawakened among contemporary folk audiences. Paxton emerged from a self-admitted bout with depression in 1994 with this 12-song set on the Sugar Hill label. Produced in Nashville by Jim Rooney who also produced Nanci Griffith and sprinkled with admiring quotes from the leading lights of contemporary folk, Wearing the Time brims with mature songwriting. Paxton is settling into his golden years with grace and wit intact. A couple songs, notably "Along the Verdigris," revisit his home turf of Oklahoma, while others pay tribute to his wife, a lost love, and old timers from the folk scene and civil rights days. The title track deals matter-of-factly with getting older. A couple of topical songs make it onto the album: "When I Go to See My Son" dramatizes the pain of a broken home and "Johnny Got a Gun" deals with youths and gun violence. Paxton's lighter side emerges on the double-entendre-rich "Coffee in Bed" and a retread of his '60s classic "Bottle of Wine." Pretty much what you come to expect from a Tom Paxton album: rich songwriting, warm singing, and gentle playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/1994
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891104522
  • Catalog Number: 1045
  • Sales rank: 255,955

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Paxton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Verlon Thompson Vocal Harmony
Iris DeMent Gut String Guitar
Mark Howard Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Mandolin
Dave Francis Vocal Harmony
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Kirk Johnson Harmonica
Kenny Malone Drums
Pat McInerney Drums
Al Perkins Dobro
Suzy Ragsdale Vocal Harmony
Claire Louise Davidson Vocal Harmony
Joey Misculin Piano
Richard Bailey Banjo
Technical Credits
Tom Paxton Composer, Liner Notes
Eric Weissberg Composer
Jim Rooney Producer
Richard Adler Engineer
Carlos Grier Digital Editing
Susan Graham-White Composer
Robert Brünz Art Direction
Doug Glasser Mastering
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