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Vagabonds [Gary Louris]

  • 1. True Blue
    2. Omaha Nights
    3. To Die a Happy Man
    4. She Only Calls Me on Sundays
    5. We'll Get By
    6. Black Grass
    7. I Wanna Get High
    8. Vagabonds
    9. D.C. Blues
    10. Meandering
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RCD-10925A

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Robinson
    EngineerThom Monahan

    Personnel: Jonathan Wilson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, organ, bass guitar); Joshua Grange (pedal steel guitar); Adam MacDougal (keyboards); Otto Hauser (drums, percussion); Chris Robinson, Johnathan Rice, The Chapin Sisters, The Laurel Canyon Family Choir, Farmer Dave , Susanna Hoffs, Andy Cabic, Jenny Lewis.
    After decades of perfecting the alt-country sound with the seminal Jayhawks, Gary Louris released this sterling solo debut in 2008. VAGABONDS acts as the perfect crystallization of everything the movement championed: the marriage of country music's economy and emotion with the saw-toothed production sound of modern alternative rock--here, coming courtesy of producer and Black Crowe Chris Robinson. If Gram Parsons had lived, this is the record he would have made in 2008: full of swooning heartbreak, death obsession, vaguely psychedelic imagery, and yearning, nostalgic vocals.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.83) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "VAGABONDS is sweet, cosmic American music retrofit for 8-track players."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.65) - "Here, low-key laments easily compare to the Jayhawks' best work. Exquisite vocal support comes from Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson..." -- Grade: A-
    Uncut (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "With Chris Robinson of Black Crowes producing, and a band including Otto Hauser on drums, and Josh Grange on haunting steel, Louris sings sweetly, delicately, and as sadly as he ever did."
    Q (Magazine) (p.107) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the acoustic feel of the songs peppered with biting electric guitar...[and] choral backing vocals by an army of friends revelling in gospel salvation."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "VAGABONDS offers 12 refreshingly uncomplicated songs, unified by an air of hope and optimism."
    Harp (magazine) (p.103) - "[It's the] recurring gospel flourishes, courtesy of guests like the Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and producer Chris Robinson of Black Crowes, and Josh Grange's pedal steel that provide the soul of the album."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.91) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "A record rich in understated musical intimacy and lyrical soul-searching, it favourably survives comparisons to his band's best work."
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