Tell the Truth

Tell the Truth

by Lee Roy Parnell


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Tell the Truth

Parnell's music is a very Texan mix of multiple popular music forms: bar-band rock, honky tonk country, boogie, blues, soul, and gospel. It's no surprise to find some similar-minded vets with high profiles, like Delbert McClinton, Bonnie Bramlett, and (as songwriting contributor) Dan Penn, among the supporting cast of this record. He's similar, yes, but not as outstanding -- as a songwriter, stylist, or singer -- as any of those figures are at their best. It's serviceable earthy Texas music that's suitable for bars and clubs at both party time on the stompers and closing time on the slow tunes, but kind of middle of the pack as far as it goes. When he trots out the high-energy blues-rock riffs, it wanders closest to clichéd ground. For that reason, the blue-eyed soul ballads, like "Breaking Down Slow" (one of the ones that Penn co-wrote and Bramlett sings on), are better, but there are better blue-eyed soul singers around, like Bramlett, to invite the comparison that it lays right on the table for you.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2001
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707958929
catalogNumber: 79589

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Roy Parnell   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Overdubs
Delbert McClinton   Track Performer
Mississippi Mass Choir   Track Performer
Bonnie Bramlett   Track Performer
Jay Boy Adams   Background Vocals
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Horn
John Kunz   Overdubs
Kevin McKendree   Wurlitzer
James Pennebaker   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Tom Roady   Percussion
Lynn Williams   Drums
Jack Pearson   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Mark Jordan   Hammond Organ
Steve Mackey   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Lee Roy Parnell   Producer
John Kunz   Producer
Johnny Sandlin   Engineer
Gina R. Binkley   Art Direction
Charles Hart   Engineer

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Tell the Truth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome Texas Blues with a little Gospel added on a few tracks.