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Way Out Yonder [Sons of the San Joaquin]
Sons of the San Joaquin
1. There's a Rainbow Over the Range
2. Ridin' Up the Glory Trail
3. Song from Nara Visa
4. Famous Long X Brand, The
5. Santa Fe Lights
6. Ballad of Joaquin Murrieta, The
7. Little Cowboy
8. It's the Open Range for Me
9. Cowboy's Heart Is in the Saddle, A
10. Mexicali Rose
11. Lord of the Rollin' Hills, The
12. Way Out Yonder
13. Where the Very Same Cottonwoods Grow
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1213
Rich O'Brien; Russ Pate; Rich O'Brien
Eric Sherbon; Butch Hause; Eric Sherbon
Sons of the San Joaquin: Rich O'Brien, Lon Hannah (guitars); Tim Johnson, Steve Story (fiddle); Mark Abbott, Dennis Mack, Ronnie Ellis (electric bass); Richard Chon, Randy "The Owl" Elmore, Ginny Mae, Ronny Shultz, Kevin Sherbon.
Personnel: Rich O'Brien (guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, percussion); Lon Hannah (guitar); Steve Story, Tim Johnson, Richard Chon, Randy "The Owl" Elmore (fiddle); Ginny Mae (accordion); Ronny Shultz, Kevin Sherbon (trumpet).
Liner Note Author: Johnny Western.
Recording information: Casey Jones Recording, Buleson, TX; Maximus Media, Fresno, CA; The Western Jubilee Warehouse, Colorado Springs, CO.
In this day and age, it's hard to sing cowboy songs in the manner of the Sons of the Pioneers and not sound either campy or a bit delusional, and it's a tribute to their great love of the form that the Sons of the San Joaquin not only approach their material with superb craft but a sincerity and commitment that rings clear and true every time they go into the recording studio. Released in 2006, Way Out Yonder is the trio's seventh album, and finds the Sons at the top of their game as the finest cowboy act around today. While brothers Jack and Joe Hannah and Joe's son Lon Hannah harmonize beautifully, it's Jack's emphatic lead vocals and fine songwriting that truly set this group apart -- if he's not the leader of the group, he's certainly first among equals, and he understands the musical and iconographic history of the American West well enough to write songs like "The Famous Long X Brand," "It's the Open Range for Me," and "Way Out Yonder" with an immediacy and heart that strip away any patina of cheap nostalgia. It's also a testament to the Sons of the San Joaquin's talents that they can perform covers of such classics as "Mexicali Rose" and "There's a Rainbow Over the Range" and make them fit effortlessly alongside Jack's originals, and that their clean but uncluttered new recordings can draw the same sort of emotional impact as the originals. Way Out Yonder is a fine recording from a group that's truly the best at what it does, and it's a gentle pleasure to hear. ~ Mark Deming
Dirty Linen (p.85) - "Both in the writing and in the close harmony singing, the wide-open spaces of the American West and the self-reliant and open outlook of the people who live there is evident."
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