Walk the Way the Wind Blows

Walk the Way the Wind Blows

by Kathy Mattea



Oh yeah, 1986, when Kathy Mattea was still a country singer, she was one of them, the "new traditionalists" at that point in time, before she became such an awesome pop singer. Walk the Way the Wind Blows is the rootsiest (in the American sense of the word) album Mattea had recorded up to that time. With a cast of players that included progressive bluegrass upstart Béla Fleck, country legend Don Williams, Wendy Waldman, Buddy Spicher, up and comer Vince Gill, bass king Bob Wray, and a slew of others, Mattea took honky tonk songs, shimmied them up against bluegrass energy and funky horns ("Train of Memories"), and came up with something entirely different. And while it's erratic in places, Walk the Way the Wind Blows is a fine outing overall. It's on the funky, rocked-up or old-timey down swing jazzers like "Evenin'" where the disc works the best. Her ballad singing hadn't gotten to the place it did just three years later; on "Reason to Live" it falls a tad flat, and the stirring conviction of her later singing is not yet in place here. The one exception is her cover of Nanci Griffith's "Love at the Five and Dime." Its pacing and restraint -- courtesy of expert production by Allen Reynolds and Don Williams' harmony vocal -- make the song a mind movie. Mattea's vocal tells the story as if she is looking back on her own life instead of being a reportorial account of fictional characters. The refrain with Williams is chillingly beautiful, as if, now old and gray, they are singing to one another in the moonlight. The stellar dobro and Cajun accordion carry the lyric into the stratosphere on "Back Up Grinnin' Again." Mattea found a formula; restless as she is, changing direction and producers so often, she didn't stick with it long. Nonetheless, Walk the Way the Wind Blows is one of her better efforts.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0042283040526
catalogNumber: 830405

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kathy Mattea   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Ray Flacke   Electric Guitar
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Don Williams   Vocals
Wendy Waldman   Vocals
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Charlie Anderson   Harmonica
Craig Bickhardt   Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Tommy Cozart   Drums
Quitman Dennis   Horn
Bill Donohue   Piano
Bessyl Duhon   Accordion
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Pat Flynn   Guitar
Vince Gill   Vocal Harmony
Jim Horn   Horn
Wayne Jackson   Horn
Chris Leuzinger   Guitar
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Tim O'Brien   Guitar,Mandolin
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Jim Photoglo   Background Vocals
Brent Rowan   Guitar
Milton Sledge   Drums
K. Susan Taylor   Guitar
Bob Wray   Bass

Technical Credits

Mike Leech   Arranger
Marcus Miller   Engineer
Allen Reynolds   Producer
Mark Miller   Engineer

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