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Read My Lips
     

Read My Lips

by Lou Ann Barton
 

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Lou Ann Barton didn't have the best of luck in her early career. Incongruously signed to a major label for 1982's Old Enough, she delivered a fine debut that was utterly out of step with the times. Shunted to a tiny indie in her adopted hometown of Austin, she recorded 1986's oddly poppy Forbidden Tones, an album of John Hiatt

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Lou Ann Barton didn't have the best of luck in her early career. Incongruously signed to a major label for 1982's Old Enough, she delivered a fine debut that was utterly out of step with the times. Shunted to a tiny indie in her adopted hometown of Austin, she recorded 1986's oddly poppy Forbidden Tones, an album of John Hiatt and Beatles covers that recalled Marti Jones' albums from the same period; it was a fine record, but it was a complete stylistic aberration. Barton returned to her blues-rock roots for 1989's Read My Lips. Cutting out the synthesizers and pop gloss of Forbidden Tones for a more traditional sound and recording with longtime friends like the Fabulous Thunderbirds' Kim Wilson and Jimmie Vaughan, Barton delivers her strongest set of tunes. As always, the song selection is heavy on the covers, including a new, heart-wrenching version of Irma Thomas' "It's Raining" that beats the pants off the too-slick version she recorded on Old Enough. Barton also salutes her influences on solid covers of Barbara Lynn's "You'll Lose a Good Thing" and a rave-up rendition of Wanda Jackson's rockabilly anthem "Let's Have a Party," not to mention the tough-chick standby "You Can Have My Husband." Wisely free of attempts to update or modernize her timeless Texas-style blues-rock, Read My Lips is a rockin' good time.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/1990
Label:
Texas Music Group
UPC:
0049891000928
catalogNumber:
9
Rank:
89445

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Performance Credits

Lou Ann Barton   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mel Brown   Piano
Denny Freeman   Guitar
Kim Wilson   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Jon Blondell   Bass
Fran Christina   Background Vocals
David Grissom   Guitar
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Saxophone
Michael Kindred   Piano
Rocky Morales   Saxophone
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Derek O'Brien   Guitar,Slide Guitar
George Rains   Drums
Paul Ray   Background Vocals
Tommy Shannon   Bass
Joe Sublett   Guitar,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmie Vaughan   Guitar
Reese Wynans   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Lou Ann Barton   Producer
Paul Ray   Producer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Clifford Antone   Executive Producer
Jeff Rowe   Cover Photo
Cameron Randle   Executive Producer
Bill Narum   Art Direction
Barbara Lynn Ozen   Composer

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