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Time as We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker
     

Time as We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker

by Todd Snider
 
Jerry Jeff Walker first gained fame as a performer when he relocated to Austin, Texas in the early '70s and fell in with the local singer/songwriters who would find an audience as part of the outlaw country scene. While Walker clearly had no problems with either drinking or hell-raising, like his compatriots Billie Joe Shaver,

Overview

Jerry Jeff Walker first gained fame as a performer when he relocated to Austin, Texas in the early '70s and fell in with the local singer/songwriters who would find an audience as part of the outlaw country scene. While Walker clearly had no problems with either drinking or hell-raising, like his compatriots Billie Joe Shaver, Guy Clark, and Willie Nelson, he had a much greater poetic sensibility than his reputation would lead many to imagine (particularly after he unwittingly made Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mothers" an anthem). Given Snider's not-undeserved reputation as a hard-partying misfit who wanders from place to place spinning tall tales he's set to music (which are often more literate than his fans seem to acknowledge), it's no wonder he'd feel a kinship with Jerry Jeff Walker, and he pays homage to his fellow gypsy tunesmith on Time as We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker, in which Snider covers 14 songs either written or recorded by Walker. No one has ever accused Snider of having an especially strong and versatile voice, and while it's well-suited to his own musical shaggy dog tales, he runs hot and cold as an interpretive singer, so it's a very pleasant surprise to report that his craggy, rumpled instrument and sly sense of phrasing fit most of these songs quite well. Though tunes like "Sangria Wine" and "Continuing Saga of the Classic Bummer" would seem made to order for Snider, "Railroad Lady," "Little Bird," "Laying My Life on the Line," and "Hill Country Rain" demand a bit more nuance, but Snider just sings them with a simple, weathered honesty that brings them to life and makes them sound like they come straight from the heart. Great American Taxi, a band which has collaborated with Snider several times in the past, backs him up for these sessions and brings a rich range of flavors to this music without intruding on the casual and intimate feel of the performances, and Don Was' production is clean, clear, and admirably non-intrusive. Time as We Know It often has the feel and the sound of a late-night guitar pull, and that's one of the reasons it works so well; Snider seems to know he'll never top Walker's original recordings, but he sure likes sharing these tunes that he clearly loves and understands, and enough of that soul and belief is caught on tape to make this as purely enjoyable as anything Snider has released in the past decade.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2012
Label:
Aimless Records
UPC:
0794504675627
catalogNumber:
467562
Rank:
75046

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Performance Credits

Todd Snider   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harp,Vocals
Kix Brooks   Background Vocals
Brian Kincaid   Background Vocals
Chris Sheldon   Drums,Background Vocals
Jim Lewin   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Brian Adams   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Elizabeth Cook   Background Vocals
Amy LaVere   Background Vocals
Elvis Hixx   Background Vocals
Chad Staehly   Piano,Melodica,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Vincent Herman   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Buffett   Composer
Jerry Jeff Walker   Composer,Cover Photo
Bobby Rambo   Composer
Don Was   Producer
Eric McConnell   Engineer
Stacie Huckeba   Inside Photo
Andy Silva   Publicity
Mark Satlof   Publicity
Charles T. Pyle   Composer

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