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Tonight I Ride

Tonight I Ride

by Tom CorbettTom Corbett


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Tom Corbett was born with a name sure to evoke memories of an intergalactic American future with listeners of a certain age, but he has no relation to the fictional Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. This Corbett is a mandolin player well known on the West Coast bluegrass, newgrass, swing, and alt-folk scene. He's been playing mandolin since he was 11, and has contributed his picking expertise to the String Wizards, John McEuen's post-Nitty Gritty Dirt Band group, and the acoustic solo album of Mike Ness (Social Distortion). On Tonight I Ride, Corbett covers a lot of ground and shows off his chops in a variety of musical settings. "Welcome to Tom's Place" is a spry bit of jazzy Texas swing with a winning lyric and first-rate playing from a band of Toms -- Tom Rozum on second mandolin, fiddler Tom Sauber, Tom Lee on bass, drummer Tom Lackner, and Tom Ball playing harmonica in a style the suggests a muted trumpet. "Still Hear Her Crying" is a folky railroad tune about an engineer who meets an untimely end and the woman who loves him. The song sounds like it could have been written a hundred years ago or yesterday. The title track is a prison song with a stomping Waylon Jennings-like beat and a surprisingly upbeat lyric. David West's electric guitar makes the tune's message of hope soar. "Love Me One More Time" is a humorous bluegrass tune about the end of a relationship that includes delicious references to all the good food the singer's ex used to make, while Corbett channels Townes Van Zandt on "17 Miles a Day," a brooding, mysterious ballad full of ominous images. There are two stellar instrumentals, too. "Flip Flop Flingers" is a playful romp driven by a simple repeated melodic figure that'll stick in your mind after a single listen, with guitarist Mike Mullins trading snappy solos with Corbett's mandolin, and "Doce de Mayo" is a lilting Tex-Mex polka. With the exception of a twang-heavy version of the Charley Pride hit "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone," everything on the album was written by Corbett. With songwriting chops this good, and his warm, pure country vocals, he should soon be moving to the forefront of California's singer/songwriter scene.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2010
Label: Back 9 Records
UPC: 0700261297439
catalogNumber: 8010
Rank: 164104


  1. Here Comes The Border
  2. Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone
  3. Still Hear Her Crying
  4. Love Me One More Time
  5. Tonight I Ride
  6. Ease On Down The River
  7. Flip Flop Flingers
  8. Welcome To Tom's Place
  9. Grandpa Sittin' On The Front Porch
  10. 17 Miles A Day
  11. Middle Of Nowhere
  12. Doce De Mayo

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Corbett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Mandocello
Randy Tico   Bass
Phil Salazar   Fiddle
Tom Ball   Harmonica,Bass Harmonica
Victor Bisetti   Drums
Bill Bryson   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Nina Gerber   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Tom Lee   Bass
Mike Mullins   Guitar
Herb Pedersen   Vocal Harmony
Tom Rozum   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Tom Sauber   Banjo,Fiddle
Kenny Sultan   Guitar
David West   Bass,Tuba,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Lorenzo Martinez   Guitarron
Claire Holley   Vocal Harmony
Tom Lackner   Drums
Jonathan McEuen   Vocal Harmony
Candy Girard   Viola
Otoño Lujan   Accordion
Dave Bourne   Piano,Trumpet
Bill Knopf   Banjo

Technical Credits

Ed Tree   Engineer
David West   Engineer
Drew Daniels   Engineer
Jean Krikorian   Art Direction
Tom Corbett   Composer,Producer
Ronan Chris Murphy   Engineer
Glenn Martin   Composer
David Kirby   Composer

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