Cactus and a Rose/Collector's Series

Cactus and a Rose/Collector's Series

by Gary Stewart


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Cactus and a Rose/Collector's Series

Honky tonk and country singer Gary Stewart released plenty of albums for RCA. It was his mainstay for over a decade. While much of his material has been reissued in Europe and Japan on CD, other than compilations there have only been a few titles briefly issued -- and now deleted -- in the United States. Wounded Bird addresses the problem with the release of a stellar catalog album from 1980 and a best-of on a single disc -- which seems weird because there are also many great catalog titles that could have been paired with this, but oh well. Cactus and a Rose is a truly great Stewart album. Produced by Chips Moman, it featured studio contributions from Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Reggie Young, Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Emmons, Gary Scruggs, and others. It's a killer collection of tunes that reflects Stewart's honky tonk and the sound of smoother '70s Southern rock. His voice is one of the most soulful, atypical, and expressive ever heard in Nashville and that's underscored here, especially on the ballads. And while his singles charted on the country charts throughout the early '70s, this set was his only album to make the Billboard pop charts, albeit at number 165. Every track is a winner, but the standouts include the opener, "Okeechobee Purple"; the title track ballad; and "Lover's Knot," written with Allman (who sings backup) and featuring stellar guitar work by Betts. "Harlan County Highway," written with Betts, is another excellent cut, as is the wild honky tonk of "Roarin'," with Bramlett singing barrelhouse with Stewart like the house is on fire. Collector's Series was issued immediately after he left RCA. It features 12 of his jukebox and country hits, including "Drinkin' Thing," "Out of Hand," "She's Actin' Single (And I'm Drinkin' Doubles)," "Little Junior," "In Some Room Above the Street," "Drinkin' Again," "Whiskey Trip," "Flat Natural Born Good-Timin' Man," and "I See the Want to in Your Eyes" -- cult classics all. This is as good a place as any to start with Stewart, but listening to the CD in reverse halves might be a better way to approach his work for the newcomer.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/2010
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140362727
catalogNumber: 3627

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Stewart   Primary Artist
Gregg Allman   Vocals,Musician
Dickey Betts   Musician
Bonnie Bramlett   Vocals
Mark Morris   Musician
Jerry Carrigan   Musician
Johnny Christopher   Vocals,Musician
Johnny Cobb   Vocals
Tommy Cogbill   Musician
Shane Keister   Musician
Bobby Emmons   Musician
Sonny Garrish   Musician
Sheri Kramer   Vocals
Richard Mainegra   Vocals
Chips Moman   Vocals,Musician
Fred Newell   Musician
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Musician
Gary Scruggs   Musician
Lisa Silver   Vocals
Jeff West   Musician
Toni Wine   Vocals
Reggie Young   Musician
Murrel Counts   Musician
Eddy Anderson   Musician
Tony Wine   Vocals
Hayward Bishop   Musician
Mike Lawier   Musician

Technical Credits

Gary Stewart   Composer
Gregg Allman   Composer
Dickey Betts   Composer
Billy Burnette   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Tom Jans   Composer
Mary Beth Anderson   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Johnny Christopher   Composer
Johnny Cobb   Composer
Bobby Emmons   Composer
Don Goodman   Composer
Chips Moman   Composer,Producer
Billy Ray Reynolds   Composer
Richard Supa   Composer
Sterling Whipple   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Carol Anderson   Composer
Dave Gillon   Composer
Rory Bourke   Composer
Donn Takersley   Composer
Mike Lawier   Composer
Michael Murphey   Composer

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