Livin' the Life

Livin' the Life

by Elbert West


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Livin' the Life

Classic country, energetic playing, and rock & roll spirit is at the heart of this release. Back in the early '90s, Elbert West penned the first two hits for Tracy Lawrence. On this release, his debut, West moves into the spotlight as an artist in his own right. It's an old story that the music coming out of Nashville throughout the '90s and beyond has been weak (and "un-country"). But an effort like this reminds us what the genre should be -- and what it was in the grand old days of Merle Haggard, George Jones, and others. Elbert West is country-rock in the way that Haggard was country-rock (let's pause to remember that Haggard brought a rock & roll spirit to country long before Gram Parsons was old enough to dip into his trust fund; that's why guys like Parsons and Chris Hillman idolized him). West has a big, husky baritone, a keen songwriting ability, a defiant attitude, and is a major country talent. Highlights of Livin' the Life include the title track, "Diddley," the beautiful "Robin Loves to Hear Me Sing," and "Crawling Time."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2001
Label: Broken Bow
UPC: 0697487701720
catalogNumber: 7017

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elbert West   Primary Artist
Steve Brewster   Percussion,Drums
Gary Burnette   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,6-string bass
John Cowan   Background Vocals
Russ Pahl   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Sitar,Gut String Guitar,Talk Box,6-string bass
James Pennebaker   Fiddle,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Barry Walsh   Piano
Laura Vida   Background Vocals
Steve Mackey   Bass

Technical Credits

Russ Pahl   Tic Tac
Dan Frizsell   Engineer
Steve Mackey   Tic Tac
D. Scott Miller   Producer

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