Straight from the Heart

Straight from the Heart

by Daryle SingletaryDaryle Singletary


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After five long years, Daryle Singletary returns to recording. From the sound of Straight from the Heart, it's like he never left. Singletary has been called many things since the idle 1990s when he began his singing career -- "new traditionalist", "neo-traditionalist", etc. -- yet he comes from a different, harder stock of vocalist: he stands tall in the great honky tonk lineage of singers like Ernest Tubb, George Jones, early Ray Price, Merle Haggard, and Buck Owens. The song choices on this set are a mix of modern tunes and country music standards -- Hag's "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down," Jones' "These Days I Barely Get By" and "We're Gonna Hold On" (in duet with Rhonda Vincent), Hank Cochran's "Miami, My Amy," Harlan Howard's nugget "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail" (with Ricky Skaggs), and Bob Altman's "Black Sheep" (with John Anderson), among others. And for the record, he does these songs straight; he has no need to change an arrangement when his voice is so deep and pure. Certainly the production is a bit on the technological side, but that's the way things are done now, and these are not meant to be archival imitative recordings: they are new readings of heritage material. Singletary's got enough worldliness in the grain of his delivery to make these songs as relevant now as they were when they were first recorded, and enough chutzpah not to sound overly reverent, either. Straight from the Heart is a fine hardcore country music comeback from a truly great singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2007
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351620125
catalogNumber: 6201
Rank: 31078


  1. Bottle Let Me Down
  2. Black Sheep
  3. Some Broken Hearts Never Mend
  4. Promises
  5. I've Got a Tiger by the Tail
  6. Jesus & Bartenders
  7. These Days I Barely Get By
  8. Miami, My Amy
  9. I Still Sing This Way
  10. Lovin on Back Streets
  11. Fifteen Years Ago
  12. We're Gonna Hold On

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daryle Singletary   Primary Artist
Ricky Skaggs   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rhonda Vincent   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Duncan Mullins   Bass
Danny Parks   Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Darrin Vincent   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Caverlee   Fiddle
John Anderson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Catherine Styron Marx   Piano
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Duet
Merle Haggard   Composer
George Jones   Author
Buck Owens   Composer
Tammy Wynette   Composer
Larry Cordle   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Gregory Cole   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Harlan Howard   Composer
Daryle Singletary   Composer
Ricky Cobble   Engineer
Earl Montgomery   Composer
John Lindley   Composer
Chuck Rhodes   Producer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Royce Porter   Composer
Christophe Dubois   Composer

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