It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis

It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis

by Pam Tillis


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It's All Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis

Veteran country songwriter and performer Mel Tillis has earned plenty of kudos in his 45-year career, but the charming It's All Relative -- on which daughter Pam honors Dad with a set of his songs -- is the ultimate tribute. Pam Tillis is no stranger to hit making herself, but she's raised the bar on this largely self-produced affair. Dipping into blues, traditional mainstream country, and honky-tonk, Tillis flaunts her interpretive artistry on a terrific collection of songs from Mel's rich catalogue -- some familiar, others rarely heard but equally worthy. Patsy Cline gave "So Wrong," written by Mel and Carl Perkins, a torch performance for the ages, but Pam's saloon-style approach, with a tasty pedal steel laying on some heartache, is beautifully measured and emotionally gripping. Pam gives "I Ain't Never" -- a No. 2 hit for Webb Pierce in 1959 and a No. 1 for Mel himself in 1972 -- a fine shuffle treatment and a sassy vocal, adding a sultry edge disdained by the men who came before her. She reinvigorates "Emotions," a No. 7 pop hit for Brenda Lee in 1961, as a saloon song, beginning with a spare piano and vocal but building up with strings and a lonely guitar, establishing an ambiance fit for broken hearts and late nights alone. And when it comes time to turn it up, Pam gets the job done on two merciless kiss-off songs, "Unmitigated Gall" and "Mental Revenge." Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Trisha Yearwood, and Delbert McClinton are among those providing backing vocals, and Mel even makes an appearance on the uplifting duet "Come On and Sing." But it's Pam, digging into her pop's lyrics with heart and smarts, who delivers the performance of a lifetime here. Dad should be proud.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998654624
catalogNumber: 86546

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pam Tillis   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals
Delbert McClinton   Harmonica
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
Buddy Spicher   Strings
John Jorgenson   Guitar
Matt Rollings   Piano,Keyboards
Beegie Adair   Piano,Keyboards
David Angell   Strings
Ray Benson   Guitar
Bruce Bouton   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Patrick Buchanon   Harmonica
John Catchings   Strings
David Davidson   Strings
Floyd Domino   Piano,Keyboards
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Tony Harrell   Piano,Keyboards
Lloyd Maines   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Joe Manuel   Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
James Murphy   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
James Pennebaker   Guitar,Mandolin
Jason Roberts   Fiddle
David Sanger   Percussion,Drums
Larry Seyer   Guitar
Spencer Starnes   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Robby Turner   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Redd Volkaert   Guitar
Lynn Williams   Percussion,Drums
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
David Spicher   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Matt Spicher   Guitar
Bob Patin   Piano,Keyboards
Bryan Sutton   Guitar,Mandolin
Lona Heid   Background Vocals
Jim White   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Contributor
Emmylou Harris   Contributor
Dolly Parton   Contributor
Buddy Spicher   String Arrangements
Pam Tillis   Producer,Liner Notes
Trisha Yearwood   Contributor
Ray Benson   Producer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Tony Green   Engineer
Mills Logan   Engineer
Louis Dean Nunley   Contributor
Victoria Russell   Creative Producer
Larry Seyer   Engineer
Gordon Stoker   Contributor
Curtis Young   Contributor
Rodney Dawson   Engineer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Matt Spicher   Engineer
Bob Alan   Composer
Stan Munsey   Composer
Jamie Carter   Engineer
Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer
Chris Burns   Engineer
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development

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