Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Leon Russell - 1973 - Hank Wilson's Back!

Leon Russell 
1973 
Hank Wilson's Back!




01. Rollin' My Sweet Baby's Arms, Parts 1 & 2 4:25
02. She Thinks I Still Care 4:28
03. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 3:10
04. Sail My Ship Alone 2:36
05. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 2:49
06. Six Pack To Go 2:20
07. Battle Of New Orleans 2:38
08. Uncle Pen 2:15
09. Am I That Easy To Forget 2:35
10. Truck Drivin' Man 2:11
11. The Window Up Above 3:24
12. Lost Highway 2:18
13. Goodnight Irene 4:01

Leon Russell Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals
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Harold Bradley Bass, Guitar
David Briggs Keyboards, Piano, Vocals (Background)
Jim Buchanan Fiddle, Violin
Billy Byrd Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
J.J. Cale Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
Jerry Carrigan Drums
Curly Chalker Guitar (Steel)
Dianne Davidson Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals (Background)
Pete Drake Guitar (Steel)
Ray Edenton Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals (Background)
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Guest Artist, Violin
Buddy Harman Drums
Millie Kirkham Vocals (Background)
Grady Martin Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
Charlie McCoy Harmonica, Vocals (Background)
Melba Montgomery Vocals (Background)
Bob Moore Bass
Weldon Myrick Guitar (Steel)
Carl Radle Bass, Bass (Electric), Guest Artist
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Keyboards, Piano
Butch Robins Dobro, Guitar
Hal Rugg Guitar (Steel)
Harold Rugg Guitar (Steel)
Billy Sanford Guitar
Tut Taylor Dobro, Guitar
Bobby Thompson Banjo
Pete Wade Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
Chip Young Guitar
Joe Zinkan Bass





Leon Russell knows something about country music. Born in Oklahoma, virtually all of the country and blues made their way through Tulsa along with Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. And while Russell is known primarily as a rock & roll performer, that doesn't mean jack. The 14 songs here offer a glimpse of where Russell's heart really lies. All classic country and bluegrass tunes, Hank Wilson's Back features Russell and a few dozen of his closest friends from both L.A. and Nashville tearing up the classics. With everyone from Melba Montgomery, Billy Byrd, Johnny Gimble, Bob Moore, Weldon Myrick, and Pete Drake to Carl Radle, David Briggs, Charlie McCoy, and fellow Okie J.J. Cale, Russell in his alter ego runs through standards such as Lester Flatt's "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms," Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Jambalaya," Bill Monroe's "Uncle Pen," Hank Thompson's "Six Pack to Go," Leon Payne's "Lost Highway," George Jones' "The Window up Above," Jimmie Driftwood's "The Battle of New Orleans," and as a closer, Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene". This is no idle affair. Russell's reads of these classic songs from the country and bluegrass canon are played with fire, verve, and reverence, and he uses every trick in the book to get at the bottom of their meaning, allowing his voice to do things it never did before or since this recording. The playing is well rehearsed and stellar, and since it is played straight, the arrangements are minimal, making Cale's production job that much easier. Hank Wilson's Back is raw, immediate, and full of the kind of drunken passion that only someone who loves the country music tradition could execute. Highly recommended.

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