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After Hours

After Hours

by Al AndersonAl Anderson


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On his first solo album in a decade, venerable NRBQ guitarist/songwriter/vocalist Big Al Anderson delivers the goods -- exquisite melodies, laid-back rhythms, a mellow vibe, and direct lyrics with a wry twist, all delivered in a voice smooth as honey. And while lately he's become one of country music's most sought-after tunesmiths, penning hits for Delbert McClinton, Carlene Carter, the Mavericks, and Trisha Yearwood, After Hours is largely designed for saloon swooning in the wee small hours. He sets the tone with the pop-torch tune "Love Make a Fool of Me," which would be right at home in any piano bar, with brush drums, flutes, piano, tasty pedal steel moans, and Anderson crooning seductively and wondrously about falling head over heels -- and loving every minute of it. On the gently shuffling pop blues "Do Nothing Day," his co-writer Sharon Vaughn takes a sultry, languid lead vocal on a tune driven by a small, jazz-conversant combo featuring piano, stand-up bass, vibes, sax, and flute. Anderson displays a raft of soulful stylings, all beautifully realized, from the lively western swing toe-tapper "Blues About You Baby" to the moody introspection in the stark, folk-flavored plea "Movin' into the Light" and a delicious bit of Dr. John-style N'awlins come-ons in "Let's Get Away for the Weekend" (with a trombone-trumpet-clarinet section that's having a lot of fun blowing cool and sexy). After Hours is a real gem, one of this year's real keepers.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/07/2006
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828767881027
catalogNumber: 78810
Rank: 158899


  1. Love Make a Fool of Me
  2. It's Only Natural
  3. Interlude
  4. Better Word for Love
  5. Blues About You Baby
  6. Do Nothin' Day
  7. Trip Around the Sun
  8. Right on Time
  9. In My Dreams
  10. Movin' into the Light
  11. What's a Thousand Miles
  12. Let's Get Away for the Weekend
  13. Another Place I Don't Belong
  14. Two Survivors

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anderson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Scott Baggett   Percussion,Background Vocals
Jeff Batter   Piano
Richard Bennett   Electric Guitar
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Hobbs   Piano
Jim Hoke   Clarinet,Flute,Harmonica,Piano,Saxophone,Vibes
Greg Morrow   Drums
Russ Pahl   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Kim Richey   Harmony
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle,Violin
Neal Rosengarden   Trumpet
Crystal Taliefero   Background Vocals
Julia Tanner   Cello
Sharon Vaughn   Vocals
Glenn Worf   Electric Bass,String Bass
Reese Wynans   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Roy Agee   Trombone
Tia Sillers   Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Denise Baker   Violin
Jim Russo   Drums
Austin Hoke   Cello

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
Fred Koller   Composer
Anderson   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Scott Baggett   Producer,Engineer
Stephen Bruton   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Jim Hoke   Composer,Flute Arrangement
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Virginia Team   Art Direction
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Miles Zuniga   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Jim Russo   Engineer
Casey Wood   Engineer
Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer
Luellyn Latocki   Art Direction

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