Water & Bridges

Water & Bridges

by Kenny Rogers

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Water & Bridges

On his first new studio album in three years, Kenny Rogers hews to the strengths that have made him one of the bestselling country artists of all time -- namely, well-crafted story and love songs and basic acoustic-based backing, augmented by electric guitars, fiddles, dobros, pianos, steel guitar, and pop-styled string arrangements. Rogers has an ear for universal themes, and he brings them home with some of the most understated and effective interpretive singing of his storied career. Don Henley joins him on a solid, propulsive reminiscence of the old home place and its metaphysical hold on the soul in "Calling Me," and unheralded backup singer Sarah Buxton adds a moving second voice to "Someone Somewhere Tonight," a surging ballad about the first moments that signal a sea change in individual lives, even as love persists, Even so, it's Rogers's embodiment of his characters that makes this album so memorable. His delicate touch on "I Can't Unlove You" captures the remorse and enduring angst of a breakup that shouldn't have been, a story played out against a backdrop of churchy piano and a keening fiddle line. A stirring country ballad that's sure to generate some conversation, "The Last Ten Years (Superman)," is a Baedeker of the past decade's tumultuous social and political upheavals, with each verse bracketed by a roll call of departed cultural icons. Introspective and restrained, Water & Bridges is rich with life, and master craftsman Rogers makes sure we feel it all the way.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2006
Label: Liberty
UPC: 0724356361423
catalogNumber: 63614

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Rogers   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Eric Darken   Percussion
Bruce Bouton   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Darius Campo   Violin
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Ronald Folsom   Violin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Warren Hartman   Synthesizer
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Jim Hoke   Accordion
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
John Jarvis   Piano
Charles Judge   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Gordon Mote   Piano
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Bouzouki,Fiddle,Mandolin,Track Performer
Susan Chatman   Violin
Karen Elaine Bakunin   Viola
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Bob Peterson   Violin
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Rudy Stein   Cello
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Dan Smith   Cello
Sarah Buxton   Background Vocals
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Dan Tobin Smith   Cello
Matthew Funes   Viola

Technical Credits

Bryan Loren   Composer
Derek Allen   Composer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Marc Beeson   Composer
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer,Audio Production
Bat McGrath   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Mike Reid   Composer
Bryant Simpson   Composer
Anthony Smith   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Jonathan Yudkin   Arranger,Composer
Annie Roboff   Composer
Jed Hackett   Engineer
Billy Kirsch   Composer
Walt Wilkins   Composer
Davis Raines   Composer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Don Pfrimmer   Composer
Tim Johnson   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Tommy Conners   Composer
D. Vincent Williams   Composer
Wade Kirby   Composer

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