Songs We Wish We'd Written, Vol. 2

Songs We Wish We'd Written, Vol. 2

by Pat Green

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Overview

Texan Pat Green may look like the country boy next door, but he has a rocker's heart, and he's another in a long line of those maverick musicians who seem to keep popping up out of Texas, artists like Waylon Jennings and Joe Ely, who blur genres, build bridges, and damn well know a good song when they hear it. Green released an album of cover songs, Songs We Wish We'd Written, in 2001, and it sold impressively as an independent release, which springboarded Green to major-label land. Long a huge draw in Texas, Green has yet to springboard to that level in the rest of the country, and being termed a southwestern Bruce Springsteen may or may not help him make that leap. Meanwhile, he's delivered a second volume of Songs We Wish We'd Written a little over a decade later, this time on Sugar Hill Records. It's an interesting set list, and the best tracks here, which include the fine version of Joe Ely's "All Just to Get to You" that opens things, the secular pop gospel glow of Warren Haynes' "Soulshine," and a surprising re-imagining of Tom Petty's "Even the Losers," which starts out as a piano ballad and then blooms into a fully orchestrated one (and it works even when it seems like it shouldn't, shifting the focus to Petty's defiantly wise lyrics), all show why Green is so popular in his home state. Yeah, he's willingly treading water here, simply tipping his hat to songs he loves, but the last time he put out an album like this, he got noticed by larger labels. This guy really deserves a wider audience, and while this probably won't deliver that, it would be a delight to hear Green perform any of these songs live.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2012
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891407821
catalogNumber: 14078
Rank: 180436

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pat Green   Primary Artist
Drew Womack   Background Vocals
Monte Montgomery   Acoustic Guitar
Brendon Anthony   Banjo,Mandolin,Violin,Mandola
Michael Tarabay   Bass
Brett Danaher   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Justin Pollard   Percussion,Drums
Chris Skrobot   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Clayton Corn   Piano,Accordion,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Aaron Lee Tasjan   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Shelby Lynne   Composer
Joe Ely   Composer
Lyle Lovett   Composer
Warren Haynes   Composer
Todd Snider   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer
Greg Hunt   Engineer
Fred Remmert   Engineer
Ed Roland   Composer
Will Sexton   Composer
Jon Randall   Composer
Will Kimbrough   Composer
Ross Childress   Composer
Walt Wilkins   Composer
Brendon Anthony   String Arrangements
Justin Pollard   Producer
Liz Rose   Composer
Greg Oswald   Booking
Thomas Earl Petty   Composer
Enzo Devincenzo   Management
Heather Bohs   Publicity
Aaron Lee Tasjan   Composer

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