Wishbones

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Slaid Cleaves seems to have found his singer/songwriter niche recording for Philo. Broke Down, which received a warm critical reception in 2000, was filled with detailed stories of broken down lives on the edge of survival (physically as well as emotionally). Although 2004's Wishbones sounds more hopeful, the tone of the material follows the mood of the earlier album. In "Drinkin' Days," the narrator expresses regret at his wild and rowdy days, but when it comes right down to it, his life is still filled with trouble; even when a contrite loser offers a "Sinner's Prayer," there's no redemption in sight. Cleaves doesn't really get into his forte -- story-songs -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Slaid Cleaves seems to have found his singer/songwriter niche recording for Philo. Broke Down, which received a warm critical reception in 2000, was filled with detailed stories of broken down lives on the edge of survival (physically as well as emotionally). Although 2004's Wishbones sounds more hopeful, the tone of the material follows the mood of the earlier album. In "Drinkin' Days," the narrator expresses regret at his wild and rowdy days, but when it comes right down to it, his life is still filled with trouble; even when a contrite loser offers a "Sinner's Prayer," there's no redemption in sight. Cleaves doesn't really get into his forte -- story-songs -- until "Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues," the fifth cut. Tales of boxers and racetracks, unfulfilled promises, and old men remembering their younger days make up Wishbones list of desperate tales. The production's a nice a mix of acoustic-electro elements with the occasional varied touch -- like the fiddle on "Below" -- to keep things interesting. Cleaves made an effort to get outside the usual singer/songwriter material by writing about other people's lives. On Wishbones, he is in good voice, and his fans will probably find several worthy songs on Wishbones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • UPC: 011671123820
  • Catalog Number: 711238
  • Sales rank: 85,098

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wishobones (3:27)
  2. 2 Road Too Long (2:50)
  3. 3 Drinkin' Days (4:25)
  4. 4 Sinner's Prayer (4:20)
  5. 5 Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues (4:07)
  6. 6 Below (4:57)
  7. 7 Quick as Dreams (4:09)
  8. 8 Horses (3:12)
  9. 9 Hearts Break (3:18)
  10. 10 Borderline (4:52)
  11. 11 New Year's Day (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slaid Cleaves Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Eliza Gilkyson Background Vocals
Ian McLagan Hammond Organ
Ivan Browne Bass, Upright Bass
Gurf Morlix Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Rick Richards Percussion, Drums
Darcie Deaville Fiddle
Mark Viator Background Vocals
Jeff Plankenhorn Dobro, Background Vocals
Kristen Anderson Background Vocals
Charles Arthur Electric Guitar
Brende Fuller Background Vocals
Brian Standefer Cello
Billy Bright Mandolin
Susan Maxey Background Vocals
Karen Cleaves Background Vocals
Anita Coy Background Vocals
Mike Jasper Background Vocals
Eleanor Whitmore Fiddle
Technical Credits
Slaid Cleaves Composer
Gurf Morlix Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Toby Mountain Digital Editing
Rod Picott Composer
Karen Poston Composer
Laura Hillenbrand Inspiration
Mike Jasper Liner Notes
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