CD Hats Off to Hank [Digipak] (806820170127) (CD 1171652),
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Hats Off to Hank [Digipak] (806820170127)

  • 1. Hey Now
    2. Ain't Nobody
    3. You Baby
    4. Get Out of Town
    5. Hooked Up with the Man
    6. Somebody Told Me
    7. Wondering
    8. Barbeque
    9. Texas Wildflower
    10. Oddly Enough
    11. I Love the South
    12. Black Man in Mississippi
    13. Can't Go Anywhere
    14. Playin' Music
    15. Hats Off to Hank
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1701

  • Credits
    ProducerBuzz Cason
    EngineerJoe Funderburk

    Personnel: Buzz Cason (vocals, 10-string guitar, harmonica, organ, keyboards, background vocals); John-Alex Mason (guitar, bass guitar); Michael Hearne (guitar); Doyle Grisham (steel guitar); Amanda "Pearl" Shires (fiddle); Anthony Crawford (harmonica); Paul Sidoti (bass guitar); Mike Baily (drums); Bergen White (background vocals).
    Buzz Cason has been writing and performing pop and country music for over 50 years now, and you can hear every year of experience and every mile of road in his rough, gritty voice. That's both good and bad -- his voice is quite expressive, but it's not very tuneful, and from listening to Hats Off to Hank you get the impression that many of these songs would have gone over better if they'd been delivered by one or more of the many other artists who have recorded his work in the past -- Jan & Dean, say, or U2, or even (heaven help us) Gloria Estefan. But it's also true that some of the songs themselves are just a drag -- it's not until the fourth track, the charming "Get Out of Town," that the tempo rises above a slow grind and the mood emerges from a gravelly gloom. "Barbecue," however, is a very fine ode to Texas cuisine, and "Oddly Enough" is a worthy contribution to the time-honored "what is this fine woman doing with a schmuck like me" tradition in country music. Things get interesting near the end, with a downright punky rave-up called "Can't Go Anywhere," and an almost equally intense rocker called "Playin' Music." But the title track ends the album on something of a banal note -- country songs about country singers are rarely worthwhile, and this one, heartfelt and sincere though it obviously is, is no exception. Not bad overall, but not essential. ~ Rick Anderson

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