Blackjack Choir/Ain't It Somethin'

Blackjack Choir/Ain't It Somethin'

by James TalleyJames Talley


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Twenty-two songs, electric and acoustic, mostly in a bluesy vein, although the gorgeous folk-style ballad "Up from Georgia" is also here. Talley is good with electric backing, but his acoustic country blues ("Magnolia Boy," etc.) sounds fresher and more distinctive. B.B. King puts in a welcome appearance on "Bluesman" to kick off the set, but the rest has a quiet power that's equally appreciated. The main difference between the two bodies of songs (originally off of two separate albums) is the absence of a trio of female backup singers on the last 12 songs from the later session. A solid midtempo country album in a very deep shade of blue.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127154354
catalogNumber: 15435
Rank: 105559


  1. Bluesman
  2. Alabama Summertime
  3. Everybody Loves a Lovesong
  4. Magnolia Boy
  5. Mississippi River Whistle Town
  6. Daddy Just Called It the Blues
  7. Up from Georgia
  8. Migrant Jesse Sawyer
  9. You Know I've Got to Love Her
  10. When the Fiddler Packs His Case
  11. Ain't It Something
  12. Only the Best
  13. We Keep Tryin'
  14. Dixie Blue
  15. Not Even When It's Over
  16. Nine Pounds of Hashbrowns
  17. Richland, Washington
  18. Middle "C" Mama
  19. Woman Trouble
  20. Old Time Religion
  21. Poets of the West Virginia Mines
  22. What Will There Be for the Children

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Talley   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Josh Graves   Dobro
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Mandolin
Tommy Smith   Trumpet,Horn
Johnny Sayles   Fiddle
Byron Bach   Cello
Ralph Childs   Tuba,Electric Bass
Tommy Cogbill   Electric Bass
Pebble Daniel   Background Vocals
Rick Durrett   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Marty Grebb   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Doyle Grisham   Steel Guitar
Irving Kane   Trombone
B.B. King   Electric Guitar
Mike Leech   Electric Bass
Clark Pierson   Percussion,Drums,Vocal Harmony
Billy Puett   Clarinet,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marcia Routh   Background Vocals
Randy Scruggs   Banjo
Don Sheffield   Trumpet
Jerry Shook   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Electric Guitar
Mary Jo Talley   Background Vocals
Kyle Tullis   Upright Bass
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Steve Hostak   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andy McMahon   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Greg Thomas   Percussion,Drums
Dave Gillon   Slide Guitar,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

James Talley   Producer
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Cavalliere Ketchum   Back Cover

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