Blue Train

Blue Train

by John D. Loudermilk


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Blue Train

Blue Train is one of three Bear Family discs that collect the recordings of famed Nashville songwriter John D. Loudermilk. Some of the tracks here were actually minor hits (Loudermilk rarely did anything to promote his recordings as an artist), but Loudermilk's writing and unique interpretations are of primary interest. The songwriter's vocals are pleasant, if not spectacular, and the production is nicely sparse and folky, often featuring Loudermilk's own excellent classical guitar playing. His quirky compositions have always straddled the line between pop and folk, and the tunes here are no exception. Although much of this music will sound lightweight to modern ears, it is certainly the product of an intensely creative mind, unafraid to tackle any topic, no matter how bizarre or seemingly inconsequential. Highlights include "All of This for Sally," a song about a millionaire who willed his fortune to a cocker spaniel, and "The Bully of the Beach," which was inspired by those ubiquitous Charles Atlas muscle building ads. Although many of the tunes are lighthearted, Loudermilk could occasionally get serious, as evidenced by "Darling Jane," where he details a man's loss of his new wife to hurricane floodwaters. Although not really for the casual country or oldies fan, Blue Train should appeal to any fan of brilliant songwriting or slightly left of center vintage pop and country music.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127154217
catalogNumber: 15421
Rank: 238223

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John D. Loudermilk   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Anita Kerr   Choir, Chorus
Brenton Banks   Violin
George Binkley   Violin
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Buddy Harman   Drums
Lillian Hunt   Violin
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Boots Randolph   Saxophone
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Norris Wilson   Piano,Harpsichord,Choir, Chorus
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
Glenn Baxter   Trumpet
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Wilda Tinsley   Violin
Jerry G. Kennedy   Guitar
Alcyone Beasley   Choir, Chorus
Joseph W. Tanner   Banjo,Guitar

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Otto Kitsinger   Liner Notes
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Bobby Ferguson   Producer

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