Whistling in the Wind

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Listening to Leon Redbone is like taking a trip back in time. How many singers, after all, can deliver a ragtime-flavored piece like "Dancin' on Daddy's Shoes" with a straight face? While Redbone's backward glance does offer a fresh counterpoint to the music of his contemporaries, the skeptical listener might be led to ask: how long can a singer get by with singing Stephen Foster songs? The answer on 1988's Whistling in the Wind seems to be as long as the singer feels like it. Sure, the idea of singing a duo with Merle Haggard might not work completely, and adding Ringo Starr's vocal on "My Little Grass Shack" may be a bit odd, but so what? Overall, Redbone is in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Listening to Leon Redbone is like taking a trip back in time. How many singers, after all, can deliver a ragtime-flavored piece like "Dancin' on Daddy's Shoes" with a straight face? While Redbone's backward glance does offer a fresh counterpoint to the music of his contemporaries, the skeptical listener might be led to ask: how long can a singer get by with singing Stephen Foster songs? The answer on 1988's Whistling in the Wind seems to be as long as the singer feels like it. Sure, the idea of singing a duo with Merle Haggard might not work completely, and adding Ringo Starr's vocal on "My Little Grass Shack" may be a bit odd, but so what? Overall, Redbone is in fine form here, delivering sleepy, raspy vocals and backed by a number of classic jazz players like guitarist Frank Vignola and violinist Joe Venuti. One real revelation is Redbone's take on "Love Letters in the Sand," a song that's been almost impossible to listen to since Pat Boone ruined it back in the 1950s. He offers good takes on familiar fare like "I Ain't Got Nobody," but specializes in serving up golden oldies that no one remembers, like "Bouquet of Roses." Whistling in the Wind might not be as fresh as Redbone's earliest work in the '70s, but it's a solid album and fans will be glad that Rounder put it back in print in 2004.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2004
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661323827
  • Catalog Number: 613238
  • Sales rank: 32,496

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leon Redbone Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, national steel guitar, Maccaferi Guitar
Merle Haggard Vocals
Ringo Starr Vocals
Ken Peplowski Clarinet
Joe Venuti Violin
Vince Giordano Banjo, Bass, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Sousaphone
Giampaolo Biagi Drums
Dave Brandom Clarinet, Saxophone
Larry Campbell Dobro
Cindy Cashdollar Dobro
Daryl Doleman Choir, Chorus
Peter Ecklund Cornet
John Ely Steel Guitar
Joe Ferrante Trumpet
Herb Gardner Trombone
John Gunther Clarinet, Saxophone
Arnold Kinsella Jr. Percussion, Drums
Arene Lomax Choir, Chorus
Donnie McClurkin Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Roger McGuinn Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Donny McLurkin Choir, Chorus
John Meyers Drums
Brian Nalepka Bass
Stacy Phillips Dobro
Lenny Pickett Piccolo
Dean Pratt Trumpet
Dan Rosengard Piano
Stanley Schwartz Piano
Frank Vignola Guitar, Mandolin
Terry Waldo Piano
Technical Credits
Leon Redbone Arranger, Composer, Producer, Art Direction
The Nighthawks Contributor
James P. Johnson Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Doug Epstein Engineer
Beryl Handler Producer
Charles F. Kenny Composer
Stanley Schwartz Arranger, Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Tom Greto Engineer
Alex Hill Composer
Nick Kenny Composer
Dave Peyton Composer
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