Best of the Sugar Hill Years

Best of the Sugar Hill Years

by Terry AllenTerry Allen


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Terry Allen might loosely be described as a singer/songwriter who developed his idiosyncratic style within the Texas roots scene during the 1970s. Loosely, that puts Allen in line with singer/songwriters like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, though he has more in common with a writer-singer like Butch Hancock. But what Hancock and Allen share is less a common style than a penchant for eccentricity. This eccentricity, fueled by a left-of-center sense of humor and a sardonic, nasal-tinged vocal style, is on full display on Best of the Sugar Hill Years. The collection includes a generous sampling of Allen's work, serving as a solid one-disc introduction. Here, one can listen to true oddities like "Gimme a Ride to Heaven Boy," a five-minute narrative about picking up a hitchhiker who claims to be Jesus Christ. The thing is, within Allen's world view, the hitchhiker, who eventually pulls out a gun and takes the car, may be Jesus. If this sounds overly odd or trivial, it isn't. Allen's gifts as a musician are multiple, allowing him to combine the song's country-rock arrangement, a well-written lyric, and his vocal delivery into a strangely effective work. There are a number of winning selections from Lubbock (On Everything), an album worth owning in its entirety, and one of Allen's best recent compositions (with Guy Clark), "X-Mas on the Isthmus." For those bored with the same old, same old, Best of the Sugar Hill Years will open up new vistas.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2007
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891403724
catalogNumber: 4037
Rank: 83832

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Terry Allen   Primary Artist
Guy Clark   Acoustic Guitar
David Byrne   Electric Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Joe Ely   Harmonica,Vocal Harmony
Charlie Sexton   Bazouki,Cumbus
Lucinda Williams   Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Ponty Bone   Accordion
Peter Kaukonen   Guitar,Mandolin
Bukka Allen   Accordion,Harmonium
Jo Harvey Allen   Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Tommy Anderson   Trumpet,Tuba
Cary Banks   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Marimbas,Hand Clapping,Casio,Vocal Harmony
Donna Jo Barnes   Vocal Harmony
Don Caldwell   Saxophone
Jack Delahunty   Clarinet
Donnie Maines   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Choir, Chorus,Claves,Hand Clapping,Casaba,Vocal Harmony,Weero
Kenny Maines   Bass,Tambourine,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony
LaTronda Maines   Hand Clapping
Lloyd Maines   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Dumbek,Pedal Steel Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Slide Guitar,Bell-tree,Tenor Banjo,Telecaster,Vocal Harmony,Papoose
Curtis McBride   Drums
Davis McLarty   Drums,Djembe
Mike Meyers   Conga
Suzanne Paulk   Vocal Harmony
Jo Carol Pierce   Voices,Finger Snapping
Mark Rubin   Tuba
Alan Shinn   Percussion,Castanets,Conga,Marimbas,Tambourine,Jawbone,Weero
Stan Smith   Clarinet
Russ Standefer   Tuba
Monte Williams   Synthesizer,Clavinet
Glenn Fukunaga   Bowed Bass,Upright Bass
Leslie Blackburn   Viola
Rob Patterson   Choir, Chorus
Bonnie Wilkerson   Vocal Harmony
Jack Bowden   Penny Whistle

Technical Credits

Guy Clark   Composer
David Byrne   Composer
Terry Allen   Composer
Tommy Anderson   Contributor
Don Caldwell   String Arrangements
Donnie Maines   Adaptation
Lloyd Maines   Composer,Producer
Gladys Stacey   Composer
Louise Certain   Composer
Michael Ventura   Liner Notes

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