Roots & Wings

Roots & Wings

by Terri Clark


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Roots & Wings

There are many things to celebrate on Roots & Wings, Terri Clark's second self-released, self-produced offering on BareTrack Records. No longer distributed by Capitol, Clark's really going it alone here, partnering instead with the great independent distributor The Orchard. This set not only proves but underscores in bold that 2009's excellent Long Way Home was no fluke: Clark knows her own strengths better than any Nashville producer. She has assembled a stellar class of pickers, and wrote or co-wrote all but one cut. The sound is contemporary country but, as the title implies, there's a traditional bent here as well. Roots & Wings is simultaneously searing and personal, ebullient and defiant. Four of the finer songs on this set were co-written with ex-Sugarland member Kristen Hall, among them the stellar, folkish "Flowers in Snow," the more commercial but nonetheless hard roots track "Beautiful and Broken," and the radio-ready "Breakin' Up Thing." Even when pushing herself beyond her comfort zone, as on "We're Here for a Good Time" with its solidly retro pop feel, she delivers full bore and soars above the hooky chorus. Clark can sing -- and write -- honky tonk with the best of them and displays it on the hard country of "Lonesome's Last Call," a barroom weeper par excellence. Alison Krauss' voice and fiddle appear on the midtempo ballad "Smile," dedicated to the memory of Clark's mother Linda, who passed away recently after battling cancer. The closer, "Flowers in Snow," is the only cover here, a Celtic-flavored country ballad fueled by mandolins and pedal steel. Clark's throaty contralto digs deep into the grain of the heartbreak in the lyric. Roots & Wings has plenty to offer country fans. Hopefully radio will pick up on the album since there's more than enough to interest them here, because Roots & Wings is Clark's tightest, most focused recording to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Baretrack
UPC: 0852018002008
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 61130

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terri Clark   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Alison Krauss   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Kristen Hall   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Strings
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell   Piano,Accordion
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Andrea Zonn   Fiddle,Strings
Jason Barry   Electric Guitar
Sonya Isaacs   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tim Marks   Bass
Lyle Molzan   Drums
Jeff Jones   Choir, Chorus
John Diamond   Bass
Jeneé Fleenor   Background Vocals
Glen Worff   Bass
Russ Paul   Steel Guitar
Edie Hartwick   Choir, Chorus
Jourdan Murr   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Kristen Hall   Composer
Terri Clark   Composer,Producer
Shannon Forrest   Engineer
Steve Lowery   overdub engineer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Jim Rushing   Composer
Jason Barry   Engineer
Jim Collins   Composer
Karyn Rochelle   Composer
Deric Ruttan   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Brian Smith   Composer
Victoria Banks   Composer
Ramon McQuire   Composer

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