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Your Love and Other Lies
     

Your Love and Other Lies

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by Buddy Miller
 

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A talented guitarist/singer/songwriter and producer, Buddy Miller merges a love for classic country, with a rock & roll sense of urgency and do-it-yourself ethic. Witness the fact that a good share of this record was recorded in Miller's living room. The results, however, are memorable -- not low-budget. Miller enlists some great vocal support from longtime duo

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A talented guitarist/singer/songwriter and producer, Buddy Miller merges a love for classic country, with a rock & roll sense of urgency and do-it-yourself ethic. Witness the fact that a good share of this record was recorded in Miller's living room. The results, however, are memorable -- not low-budget. Miller enlists some great vocal support from longtime duo partner Jim Lauderdale, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Dan Penn. His wife, Julie Miller, also provides moving harmonies, particularly on a stunning cover of the Louvin Brothers' classic "You're Running Wild," as well as sharing writing credits with her husband on a good share of the songs. She solely authored two of the album's strongest tracks, the haunting "Don't Listen to the Wind" and the tender ballad "Through the Eyes of a Broken Heart." And although it's been largely overlooked, Miller arguably turns in the finest version of Tom T. Hall's lonesome "That's How I Got to Memphis" since the original.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/1995
Label:
Hightone Records
UPC:
0012928806329
catalogNumber:
8063
Rank:
166941

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Miller   Primary Artist,Guitar
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Jim Lauderdale   Vocals
Lucinda Williams   Vocals
Phil Madeira   Accordion,Hammond Organ
Julie Miller   Vocals
Dan Penn   Vocals
Patterson Barrett   Mandolin,Piano
Don Heffington   Drums
Byron House   Bass
Donald Lindley   Percussion,Drums
Gurf Morlix   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Perkins   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle,Mandolin
Jeff Steele   Bass
Cory Verbin   Piano

Technical Credits

Ben Blank   Engineer
Donald Lindley   Contributor
Buddy Miller   Producer,Engineer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Greg Sylvester   Art Direction
Cory Verbin   Engineer

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Your Love and Other Lies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miller's solo debut finds his roots-rich Americana already in full-flower. This self-produced, self-recorded album has an amazingly rich sound, not in small part due to Miller's expressive vocals and twangy guitar playing. He neatly combines the twang and swing of pre-Nashville Sound country with the personal, singer/songwriter approach pioneered by Waylon and Willie. Having played with outsiders whose songwriting flirted with mainstream success (Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale), Miller produces music that avoids Top-40 pop concession without relegating itself to ''alternative.'' Instead, he and wife Julie pen moving songs that take in flavors of country, rock, folk and pop.

His backing band, including Gurf Morlix on bass, Donald Lindley on drums, and Al Perkins on steel guitar provide restrained support that provides subtle shape to the songs. Julie Miller provides terrific harmonies throughout. Their take of ''Hole in My Head'' (recorded by co-writer Jim Lauderdale three years later for his own ''Whisper'' LP) has a wonderfully bluesy edge, and their cover of ''You're Running Wild'' displays the sort of intertwined harmonies made famous by the Louvin Brothers. Tom T. Hall's ''That's How I Got to Memphis'' proves a perfect vehicle for Miller's soulful vocals - much as Otis Redding's ''That's How Strong My Love Is'' would on the follow-up LP.

With the hindsight of two more solo albums, a duet LP with his wife, and numerous recordings as part of Emmylou Harris' band, it's easy to see the nearly bottomless reservoir from which Miller draws. This first drink is a potent one.