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A Tribute to Robert Altman's Nashville

  • 1. Speech #1
    2. 200 Years
    3. Oh These Troubled Times
    4. Speech #2
    5. Bluebird
    6. For the Sake of the Children
    7. Keep A-Goin'
    8. Memphis
    9. Rolling Stone
    10. Speech #3
    11. Tape Deck in His Tractor
    12. Dues
    13. Since You've Gone
    14. I Never Get Enough
    15. I'm Easy
    16. "Elliott Gould"
    17. One, I Love You
    18. My Idaho Home
    19. It Don't Worry Me
    20. Let Me Be the One
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 54

  • Credits
    ProducerTolan McNeil

    Carolyn Mark: Dallas Good, Kelly Hogan, Travis Good.
    Personnel: Diana Davies, Jon Carroll , Jon Rauhouse (vocals); Paul Pigat (guitar); Dave Gowans (banjo); Travis Good (violin); Robyn Carrigan (accordion); Scott Henderson (saxophone); Garth Johnson (drums).
    Recording information: Lucky Mouse Studio, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
    Finally, a tribute album that works. Featuring an all-star roster of Mint Records artists and friends, including Neko Case, Kelly Hogan, the New Pornographers' Carl Newman, and headliner/organizer Carolyn Mark, this homage to Robert Altman's classic film satire Nashville succeeds because the performances transcend the material -- they're heartfelt readings of songs that were largely written for maximum irony and corniness. Sure, there's a tongue-in-cheek element at work here as well -- the reproduction of speeches and dialogue from the film at times undercuts the effectiveness of the music -- but the vocal performances are much stronger than in the actual film, and while some of the songs are still too campy to salvage, the truly solid material (like Hogan's heartbreaking reading of "Dues," Dallas Good's Lee Hazlewood-inspired "Bluebird," and Tolan McNeil's lovely take on Keith Carradine's Oscar-winning hit "I'm Easy") seems far more substantial and authentic on CD than it ever did on celluloid, enhancing the undeniable catchiness of these faux-country classics. An appreciation of Altman's film is certainly recommended, but not necessary. ~ Jason Ankeny

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