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No Place That Far
     

No Place That Far

by Sara Evans
 

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On the follow-up to her surprise 1997 debut hit, Three Chords and the Truth, singer and songwriter Sara Evans shocked many of the fans who embraced it with No Place That Far. Where Dwight Yoakam producer and guitarist Pete Anderson helped Evans shape a modern version of hardcore country

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On the follow-up to her surprise 1997 debut hit, Three Chords and the Truth, singer and songwriter Sara Evans shocked many of the fans who embraced it with No Place That Far. Where Dwight Yoakam producer and guitarist Pete Anderson helped Evans shape a modern version of hardcore country traditionalism on the first disc, RCA brought in producers Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson to protect their investment and take her to the next level by adding plenty of sheen and shine -- and a slew of celebrity guests for good measure. It worked: No Place That Far firmly established Evans as a bona fide superstar, a down-home singer with the pipes of a diva. Almost immediately, she entered the pantheon reserved for singers like Martina McBride (who appears here) and Trisha Yearwood (who she basically replaced) in the spotlight. Evans co-wrote five of the set's 11 tunes including the title track, which was a smash out of the box. It's not that slick pop completely replaced the torch and twang in Evans' voice and songs; it's more like it was integrated gradually, eventually replacing it. There are still a number of cuts here that show off Evans' roots sound: the opener, "The Great Unknown," co-written with Phil Barnhart and James House; "These Days," written with the great Matraca Berg; and the closer, "There's Only One," penned with Leslie Satcher. But the title track, written with Tony Martin and Tom Shapiro, could have been released in 2007 -- it bore the adult pop mark of the new contemporary country sound. With backing vocals by heavy hitters like Vince Gill and McBride, it was destined for the Top Five. The soaring emotional euphoria in the refrain (which seemingly underscores the definition of transcendent love) was impossible to resist. Another notable cut is Jamie O'Hara's country pub rock shuffle "The Crying Game." (It sounds like it was written by Hank DeVito and produced like it was a track on an early Rosanne Cash or Rodney Crowell record.) It was a place where Evans' voice was left pretty much untreated and allowed to display its natural range and emotional depth. "Fool, I'm a Woman," with its sprightly mandolins, ringing electric guitars, and crackling snare drum, is another of those crossover tunes that landed as a single. In all, the album scored three, and placed Evans in the multi-platinum category at the top of the charts, where every effort since has landed.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886973608821
catalogNumber:
736088

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sara Evans   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Alison Krauss   Background Vocals
George Jones   Background Vocals
Martina McBride   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums,Tambourine
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Sonny Garrish   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
John Hobbs   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond B3
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Larry Marrs   Background Vocals
Randy McCormick   Synthesizer
Terry McMillan   Percussion
Jamie O'Hara   Background Vocals
Larry Paxton   Bass Guitar
Billy Sanford   Electric Guitar
Dan Tyminski   Background Vocals
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Chris Carmichael   Fiddle
Jim Hurst   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Ashley Evans   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Lesley Lyons   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Matraca Berg   Composer
Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
James House   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Sam Hogin   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Kostas   Composer
Jamie O'Hara   Composer
Bill Rice   Composer
Mary Sharon Rice   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Norro Wilson   Producer
Billy Yates   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Mary Hamilton   Art Direction
Keith Gattis   Composer
Rick Orozco   Composer
Sara Evans   Composer
Susan Eaddy   Art Direction
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Phil Barnhart   Composer
Ed Hill   Composer
Marv Green   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
Ron Harbin   Composer
Keith Miller   Booking
Brenner Van Meter   Management
Kip Krones   Management

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