A Place Called Love

A Place Called Love

by Johnny Reid


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Though still sporting the tag of country artist -- and offering just enough tunes to justify it -- Johnny Reid actually delves into blues and gospel in the Joe Cocker vein on A Place Called Love. The opening track utilizes a token fiddle, but the stuff that follows is more likely to utilize a brass section instead -- you can hear it in the choruses of at least half a dozen songs, together with waves of female backing vocals, just how Mr. Cocker likes to be doing it. Oddly enough, it's Reid's strong but rugged and down-to-earth vocals that have the most explicit country vibe on A Place Called Love -- he does justice to the bluesy melodies he tackles, but it's nevertheless hard to shake the image of a guy in a Stetson wooing his sweetheart through his songs in the countryside. Just to warp things some more, Reid also throws in a clear reggae influence on a couple of tracks, all without changing the singing style. Still, he returns to the roots in the latter half of the album, filled with more fiddle, banjo, slow quiet balladry, and soft rock guitar textures, and actually sounds more comfortable there. The end result presents a moderately disorderly jumble of influences, but counts as a proper, if not exactly hit-laden, adult contemporary record -- even more so since Reid's vocals actually sound uncannily like a stand-in for Bernie Shaw of latter-day Uriah Heep who traded old-school hard rock for something more mellow, and got the good end of the bargain.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2010
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 5099964230221
catalogNumber: 6423022
Rank: 58546

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Performance Credits

Johnny Reid   Primary Artist
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Richard Bennett   Bouzouki,Electric Guitar
Everett Drake   Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore   Pedal Steel Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Jim Hoke   Baritone Saxophone
Sam Levine   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Brent Mason   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote   Organ
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Shandra Penix   Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle
Troy Taylor   Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass
John Barlow Jarvis   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Roy Agee   Trombone
Mark Selby   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar
Kyle Harris   Background Vocals
John Hinchey   Trombone
Steve Herman   Trumpet
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ukulele
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Jim Drury   Bagpipes
Chris Patterson   Steel Drums
Derrik Lee   Background Vocals
Steve Fischel   Trumpet
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Vicki Hampton   Vocal Group
Jim Hoke   Horn Arrangements
Sam Levine   Horn Arrangements
Brent Maher   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Vocal Group
Mark Sanders   Composer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
D. Bergen White   String Arrangements
John Barlow Jarvis   Composer,Vocal Group
Brian Dean Maher   Composer
Brian Maher   Vocal Group
Mark Selby   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Kevin Dailey   Engineer
Antoine Moonen   Graphic Design
Charles Yingling   Engineer
Johnny Reid   Composer
Sierra Noble   Vocal Group
Gareth Dunlop   Vocal Group
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Programming

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