Mark Twain: Words & Music

Mark Twain: Words & Music

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Mark Twain: Words & Music

Mark Twain's Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal has released a celebration of Twain's life and work that, if a bit muted and careful, is a pleasing journey through the world of Twain, author of the greatest novel in the American literary canon, Huckleberry Finn, a novel whose themes of class, race, and freedom continue to be central concerns of 21st century America. Narrated by Garrison Keillor, with Clint Eastwood providing the voice of Twain and Jimmy Buffett giving voice to Huck Finn, and music contributions from country and bluegrass musicians Emmylou Harris, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and lone pop participant Sheryl Crow, it all adds up to a scrubbed-up and shiny version of Twain's life and thoughts, many of which still sound wise and astute in a contemporary America that Twain undoubtedly would have recognized from his own.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2011
Label: Mailboat Records
UPC: 0610696418296
catalogNumber: 4182
Rank: 128325

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doyle Lawson   Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal)
Ricky Skaggs   Vocals
Rhonda Vincent   Vocals
Joe Diffie   Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Jimmy Buffett   Vocals
Sheryl Crow   Vocals
Garrison Keillor   Narrator
Vince Gill   Vocals
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Rob Ickes   Dobro,Weissenborn
Carl Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals,Background Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal),Gut String Guitar
Dale Perry   Banjo
Johnny Rawls   Banjo
Marty Raybon   Vocals
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Joey Martin   Tenor (Vocal)
Jerry Salley   Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Creasman   Percussion,Drums
Sonya Isaacs   Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Val Storey   Vocals
Brad Paisley   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle
Catherine Marx   Synthesizer,Piano
Bradley Walker   Vocals
Josh Swift   Dobro,Tenor (Vocal)
Cia Cherryholmes   Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Clint Eastwood   Vocals
Corey Hensley   Vocals
Angela Lovell   Vocals
Savannah Church   Vocals
Sarah Church   Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Joe Diffie   Engineer
Tish Hinojosa   Composer
Danny Wilson   Composer
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Composer
Carl Jackson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Writer,Executive Producer
Eve Nelson   Composer
Diane Scanlon   Composer
Carlos Martin   Engineer
Jim Rushing   Composer
Jerry Salley   Composer,Writer
Lee Groitzsch   Engineer
Cal Veale   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
Bryan Kennedy   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jim Smith   Engineer
Barbara Berry   Composer
Tony Wood   Composer,Writer
Noah Smith   Engineer
Kyle Manner   Engineer
Emily Hayes   Composer
Don Poythress   Composer,Writer
John "Hip-Hop" Caldwell   Engineer
Daniel D. Emmett   Composer
Cindy Lovell   Writer,Executive Producer
Stephen Earl Foster   Composer
Priscilla Houliston   Composer,Writer
Kenall Marcy   Engineer

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Mark Twain: Words & Music 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LitChik More than 1 year ago
This 2-CD biography of Mark Twain is unlike anything you've ever heard. Part story, part song, the album chronicles Twain's life with Clint Eastwood as Twain, Jimmy Buffett playing Huckleberry Finn, and the voice of Prairie Home Companion - Garrison Keillor - narrating. There is a small passage of Twain's daughter played by Angela Lovell. Excerpts by Twain tell his life story with perfectly selected songs to correspond with each. Emmylou Harris opens with a song about Halley's comet, which was visible when Twain was born and later when he died. Ricky Skaggs sings the closing song, "Comet Ride," which sums up Twain's life. Every word and every song is simply perfect. The music is flawless and includes Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley among others. I loved listening to the story and each song really added to the overall narrative. This is a brilliant way to illustrate a writer's life - using his actual words and then playing a song that goes with that particular aspect. I have to confess that I cried twice. Twain's life did have some heartaches. But I also laughed and enjoyed the lighter moments. I received this as a gift and can't wait to share it with others. Also, it comes with a beautiful book attached that includes stories, lyrics and amazing pictures. This should win a stack of Grammy awards. It is my favorite CD!