Whistling in the Wind

Whistling in the Wind

by Leon Redbone


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Whistling in the Wind

Listening to Leon Redbone is like taking a trip back in time. How many singers, after all, can deliver a ragtime-flavored piece like "Dancin' on Daddy's Shoes" with a straight face? While Redbone's backward glance does offer a fresh counterpoint to the music of his contemporaries, the skeptical listener might be led to ask: how long can a singer get by with singing Stephen Foster songs? The answer on 1988's Whistling in the Wind seems to be as long as the singer feels like it. Sure, the idea of singing a duo with Merle Haggard might not work completely, and adding Ringo Starr's vocal on "My Little Grass Shack" may be a bit odd, but so what? Overall, Redbone is in fine form here, delivering sleepy, raspy vocals and backed by a number of classic jazz players like guitarist Frank Vignola and violinist Joe Venuti. One real revelation is Redbone's take on "Love Letters in the Sand," a song that's been almost impossible to listen to since Pat Boone ruined it back in the 1950s. He offers good takes on familiar fare like "I Ain't Got Nobody," but specializes in serving up golden oldies that no one remembers, like "Bouquet of Roses." Whistling in the Wind might not be as fresh as Redbone's earliest work in the '70s, but it's a solid album and fans will be glad that Rounder put it back in print in 2004.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2004
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661323827
catalogNumber: 613238
Rank: 48280

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leon Redbone   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,national steel guitar,Maccaferi Guitar
Merle Haggard   Vocals
Ringo Starr   Vocals
Ken Peplowski   Clarinet
Joe Venuti   Violin
Vince Giordano   Banjo,Bass,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Sousaphone
Giampaolo Biagi   Drums
Dave Brandom   Clarinet,Saxophone
Larry Campbell   Dobro
Cindy Cashdollar   Dobro
Daryl Doleman   Choir, Chorus
Peter Ecklund   Cornet
John Ely   Steel Guitar
Joe Ferrante   Trumpet
Herb Gardner   Trombone
John Gunther   Clarinet,Saxophone
Arnold Kinsella   Percussion,Drums
Arene Lomax   Choir, Chorus
Donnie McClurkin   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Roger McGuinn   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Donny McLurkin   Choir, Chorus
John Meyers   Drums
Brian Nalepka   Bass
Stacy Phillips   Dobro
Lenny Pickett   Piccolo
Dean Pratt   Trumpet
Dan Rosengard   Piano
Stanley Schwartz   Piano
Frank Vignola   Guitar,Mandolin
Terry Waldo   Piano

Technical Credits

Leon Redbone   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Nighthawks   Contributor
James P. Johnson   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Doug Epstein   Engineer
Beryl Handler   Producer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Stanley Schwartz   Arranger,Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Tom Greto   Engineer
Alex Hill   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
Dave Peyton   Composer

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