by Terri Clark
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There's a wonderful, plaintive voice singing Kitty Wells' "The White Circle on My Finger," that eerily opens Terri Clark's Classic. That segues into Clark and band ripping into a barroom-stomping read of Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." That uncredited voice at the beginning belongs to Clark's grandmother, who sang country songs to her as a child. Classic is Clark's tribute to country music's illustrious heritage. Documented here are some of the songs and artists who inspired her to follow a path that has had its share of highs and lows commercially and personally, but which has always been satisfying aesthetically. Co-produced with Jeff Jones, Clark's selection of timeless tunes holds plenty of surprises. In two instances, she duets with the recording artist who scored with the song in the first place: "Delta Dawn" (the first song Clark learned to play and sing) features Tanya Tucker, and "How Blue" pairs her with songwriter Reba McEntire. Other duets include "Golden Ring," the George Jones and Tammy Wynette hit, with Dierks Bentley, while the rocking take on "I'm Movin' On" -- written and performed by fellow Canadian Hank Snow -- stars Dean Brody. Her soulful take on Canadian songwriter Neil Young's "Love as a Rose" is an unlikely but canny choice; while Clark acknowledges the iconic nature of the original in her version, the grain in her voice also plainly reveals an open but fearful heart in her articulation of the song's warning. Her stinging roadhouse version of Delbert McClinton's "Two More Bottles of Wine" -- made immortal by Emmylou Harris -- bears traces of both songwriter and singer in her reading. The busted heart and restless country soul in Merle Haggard's "Swinging Doors" is made plain -- and is perhaps more nakedly devastated -- in Clark's expressive voice. She captures the songwriter's intent with all the vulnerability and resignation his lyric implies. The sheer tenderness and longing in her version of John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind" is closer to the original than Glen Campbell's smash hit, yet she makes it her own. Clark claims that this is the album she's wanted to record her entire career. Given the integrity, richness, and passion she puts into these performances, that's easy to believe. Another title for this wonderful effort might have been "Classy" for all that she invests here, but Clark is too self-effacing for that. Classic is an essential entry in this singer and songwriter's catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2013
Label: Baretrack
UPC: 0885686931219
catalogNumber: 2
Rank: 29983

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terri Clark   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Percussion,Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell   Accordion
John Hobbs   Piano,Keyboards
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Glenn Worf   Bass
Ty Herndon   Background Vocals
Mark McIntyre   Bass
Jason Barry   Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tania Hancheroff   Background Vocals
Lyle Molzan   Percussion,Drums
Chris Cottros   Electric Guitar
James B Lowery   Acoustic Guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Jason Cheek   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
John Hartford   Composer
Loretta Lynn   Composer
Hank Snow   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Larry Collins   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Terri Clark   Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
J.D. Miller   Composer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Rafe Van Hoy   Composer
Wayne Walker   Composer
Jason Barry   Engineer
Peggy Sue Wells   Composer
Alex Harvey   Composer
Steve Blackmon   Engineer
John Moffat   Composer
Nathan Yarborough   Engineer
Kyle Ginther   Engineer
Jeff Jones   Producer,Engineer
Steve Lowrey   Engineer

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Classic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
txrainbow More than 1 year ago
Classic by Terri Clark is a wonderful tribute to all the previous artists honored on this CD and all those she had to leave off the list. Terri Clark is an artist whom herself will be held in the highest regards as the one's she is holding in high regards by honoring them with this CD. Hopefullly she will decide to follow up with additional CD's in the near future. If you have ever had the honor of seeing Terri preform with or without her band who can only walk away feeling that you have been to a concert that was heartwarming and intense. Terri gives all she has into her music and only gets better with each show. You feel like she's dong the concert for you as if you are the only one in the venue. That can't be an easy task to do by no means, but it does give you a great feeling and the desire to find out when she'll be here again. Thank you Terri for all your hard work and sharing your great talent to everyone. You will always be the best performer to me and I will always remember and cherish the times I was honored to meet you.
WaterGirl911 More than 1 year ago
Best CD purchase I have made in a long time.  
crockabillyj More than 1 year ago
It goes without saying that TC is one of the best female vocalists of all time...for me, comparing only to the rich, velvety voice of the late, great Karen Carpenter.  "Classic" in my opinion, is the best album TC has ever released. Her rockin version of Loretta Lynn's Don't Come Home A Drinkin and her raw, gutsy down and dirty version of Merle Haggards Swingin Doors are the best cuts on the album.  She has shown her talent for arranging these "classic" songs that die hard country music fans have grown up listening to in a way that makes them her own while keeping them right on track with the original cuts.  She unsurprisingly impressed me with this album, and once again, delivered to her fans. I honestly think she deserves an award for this project, and I sincerely hope that we see a "Classics Volume 2" very soon. If you weren't a TC fan, just listen to this album and you'll be hooked forever!! As a true fan from the beginning of her career and a forever fan from now on, I can say this album is most definitely her best.  TC, thank you for sharing your talents with all of us and you really are a SUPERSTAR!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful CD. I love listening to Terri's interpretation of songs I grew up listening to!