You Don't Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Eddy Arnold had an amazing career. He recorded his first single in 1945, charted 147 songs, 28 of which were number one hits, released over 100 albums, and sold over 85 million records. Over a stretch from 1947 through 1948 he outsold the entire pop division at his label RCA Records, owning the number one song at the top of the country charts for an astounding 60 straight weeks in 1948 (he only missed the top for two weeks in November that year), and no other recording artist has lodged Top Ten hits in seven straight decades. And he did all this without much fanfare, without wearing Nudie suits or big hats, without drinking binges or drug problems, and if there was a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Eddy Arnold had an amazing career. He recorded his first single in 1945, charted 147 songs, 28 of which were number one hits, released over 100 albums, and sold over 85 million records. Over a stretch from 1947 through 1948 he outsold the entire pop division at his label RCA Records, owning the number one song at the top of the country charts for an astounding 60 straight weeks in 1948 (he only missed the top for two weeks in November that year), and no other recording artist has lodged Top Ten hits in seven straight decades. And he did all this without much fanfare, without wearing Nudie suits or big hats, without drinking binges or drug problems, and if there was a steadier or more consistent artist in the modern recording era, well, there really isn't. Yet Arnold is largely unknown to contemporary music fans a decade-and-change into the 21st century, while his contemporary for a time, Hank Williams, is revered and namechecked constantly. Williams deserves his accolades and adoration, of course, but Arnold, whose smooth, string-sweetened Nashville sound was at the other end of the scale from Williams, deserves it as well. Between the two of them, these two artists set the end poles for the template of modern country music. This striking tribute, set in motion by Arnold's grandson R. Shannon Pollard, himself a musician, and produced by Cheetah Chrome (with Don Cusic), features all manner of contemporary artists, from Frank Black to Peter Noone (yes, the Herman's Hermits guy), taking turns at interpreting songs from Arnold's vast catalog. Not everything works, of course, but most of it does, like Bobby Bare, Jr.'s warm take on "Make the World Go Away," Mary Gauthier's wonderful rendition of "You Don't Know Me," Jason Ringenberg's cow punk and rockabilly-laced "Texarkana Baby," Drivin' N' Cryin's beautiful version of "Wreck of the Old 97," and Jason Isbell's moving "Johnny Reb, That's Me," arguably the best moment here. It adds up to a fine testament to Arnold's work and legacy. He passed in 2008 and there certainly won't be another like him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2013
  • Label: Plowboy
  • UPC: 092145178829
  • Catalog Number: 1003
  • Sales rank: 77,099

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's a Sin - Alejandro Escovedo (3:36)
  2. 2 Anytime - Chuck Mead (3:41)
  3. 3 Make the World Go Away - Bobby Bare Jr. (3:04)
  4. 4 You Don't Know Me - Mary Gauthier (2:50)
  5. 5 Something Old, Something New (Something Borrowed & Blue) - Peter Noone (2:28)
  6. 6 Texarkana Baby - Jason Ringenberg (3:47)
  7. 7 How's the World Treating You - Mandy Barnett (3:38)
  8. 8 Lovebug Itch - Pokey LaFarge (3:01)
  9. 9 What Is Life Without Love - Cheetah Chrome (4:22)
  10. 10 Johnny Reb, That's Me - Jason Isbell (2:51)
  11. 11 Just A Little Lovin' (Will Go A Long Way) - Chris Scruggs (4:31)
  12. 12 Bouquet of Roses - Melinda Doolittle (3:35)
  13. 13 That's How Much I Love You - The Bluefields (4:41)
  14. 14 Cattle Call - Pete Mroz (2:54)
  15. 15 I'll Hold You In My Heart - Bebe Buell (4:36)
  16. 16 Jim, I Wore a Tie Today - Lambchop (2:18)
  17. 17 That Do Make It Nice - Sylvain Sylvain (2:28)
  18. 18 Wreck of the Old 97 - Drivin' n' Cryin' (5:36)
  19. 19 Don't Rob Another Man's Castle - Frank Black (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Noone Vocals
Sylvain Sylvain Vocals
Dan Baird Acoustic Guitar, Bass
Glen Duncan Mandolin
Ralph Carney Horn
Frank Black Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Harold Bradley Acoustic Guitar
John Catchings Cello
Cheetah Chrome Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Ken Coomer Drums
Alejandro Escovedo Vocals
John Hobbs Piano
Robert Kearns Bass
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Andy Reiss Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jason Ringenberg Vocals
Denis Solee Saxophone
Matt Swanson Bass
Reese Wynans Hammond B3
Joe Blanton Vocals
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Chris Searles Drums
Mandy Barnett Vocals
Kurt Wagner Guitar, Vocals
Bebe Buell Vocals
Chuck Mead Electric Guitar, Vocals
Tony Crow Piano
Melinda Doolittle Vocals
Reid Paley Acoustic Guitar
Mary Gauthier Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Dave V. Johnson Drums
Matt Glassmeyer Saxophone
Bobby Bare Jr. Vocals
Carco Clave Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Scruggs Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Lap Steel Guitar
Jason Isbell Guitar, Vocals
John McTigue Drums
Doni Schroader Drums
Robert Daniel Bass
Marco Giovino Drums
Brad Albin Bass
Ryan Norris Acoustic Guitar
Sadler Vaden Electric Guitar
Scott Martin Drums
David Vandervelde Electric Guitar
Micah Hulscher Organ, Piano
Amanda "Pearl" Shires Fiddle
Pokey LaFarge Guitar, Vocals
Brad Pemberton Drums
Pete Mroz Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Taylor Accordion
Warner E. Hodges Guitar, Electric Guitar
Dave Roe Bass, Vocals
Matt Rowland Hammond B3
William White Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tim Neilsen Bass
Tai Welch Piano
Levn Kinney Vocals
Courtney Tidwell Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Eddy Arnold Composer
Chet Atkins Composer
Zeb Turner Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Owen Bradley Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Cheetah Chrome Producer, Liner Notes
Hank Cochran Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Paul Klein Composer
Mark Nevers Engineer
Fred Rose Composer
Tex Owens Composer
Zeke Clements Composer
Henry Whitter Composer
Fred Ebb Composer
Herbert "Happy" Lawson Composer
Vic McAlpin Composer
Roy Bodkin Composer
Don Cusic Producer, Liner Notes
Thomas Dilbeck Composer
Wally Fowler Composer
Cottonseed Clark Composer
Charles W. Noell Composer
Bill C. Graham Composer
Adam Taylor Engineer
Fred Lewey Composer
J. Graydon Hall Composer
Steve Nelson Composer
Luke Gilfeather Engineer
R. Shannon Pollard Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Jenny Lou Carson Composer
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