Compadres: An Anthology of Duets

Compadres: An Anthology of Duets

by Marty StuartMarty Stuart


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The duet has a revered place in country music history, but in the variety of artists he elects to warble with, Marty Stuart has made the form an act of self-definition and self-revelation, while at the same time kicking ass and taking names. History shows that his partners on the other side of the mic know to bring their A games, too, resulting in the best duet recordings of the past decade or so. This anthology, consisting of both previously issued and previously unreleased recordings, takes Stuart from a 15-year-old wunderkind mandolin picker up to the present day. We hear him storming through "Rawhide," following an introduction by Lester Flatt (with whom Stuart began his career at age 13) and offering a soul-deep exploration of Delta gospel in "Move Along Train," a cut from Stuart's powerful 2005 album Soul's Chapel, featuring a sultry Mavis Staples buttressing her male counterpart's bluesy exultation (Handsome Harry Stinson has a star turn, too, with an affecting high tenor lead). Familiar tracks include a touching, topical country blues with Merle Haggard on "Farmer's Blues," a rumbling, ramshackle "Doin' My Time" with former father-in-law Johnny Cash, and a grinding shuffle rendition of Jay McShann's "Confessin' the Blues," from B. B. King's Deuces Wild long-player. Other guests include George Jones, Travis Tritt (this anthology would be incomplete without "The Whiskey Ain't Workin'," one of the classic duet hits of the '90s), Del McCoury, and Mrs. Marty Stuart, the legendary Connie Smith, who reflects with her husband on the power of enduring love in the beautiful ballad "Hearts Like Ours." There are no throwaway tracks here -- Stuart's emotional commitment is gripping, and he makes every moment sound like something's at stake.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2007
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602517045163
catalogNumber: 000737602
Rank: 68507

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marty Stuart   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Lester Flatt   Guitar
Del McCoury   Acoustic Guitar
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Matt Rollings   Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar
Richard Rodney Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Brian Ahern   Electric Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Piano,Hammond Organ
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Mike Bub   Bass
Larry Byrom   Acoustic Guitar
Terry Crisp   Steel Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Tommy Eyre   Hammond Organ
Tony Harrell   Hammond Organ
Kevin Hayes   Banjo
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
B.B. King   Guitar
Dennis Locorriere   Vocal Harmony
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Larry Marrs   Bass
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Jimmy Joe Ruggiere   Harmonica
Mavis Staples   Vocals
Harry Stinson   Drums,Vocals
Steve Turner   Drums
Robby Turner   Steel Guitar
Kenny Vaughan   Electric Guitar
Biff Watson   Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Glenn Worf   Acoustic Bass
Johnny Montgomery   Bass
Kenny Ingram   Banjo
Billy Walker   Electric Guitar
Gary Hogue   Steel Guitar
Tim Passmore   Vocal Harmony
Stuart Smith   Electric Guitar
Steve Arnold   Bass
Brian Glenn   Bass,Vocals,Upright Bass
Willie Watson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Critter Fuqua   Banjo
Morgan Jahnig   Upright Bass
Ketch Secor   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Little Walter   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Marty Stuart   Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Audio Production
Johnny Horton   Composer
Connie Smith   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Jimmie Skinner   Composer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Composer
Richard Rodney Bennett   Producer
Brian Ahern   Producer
Gregg Brown   Producer
Tony Brown   Executive Producer
Blake Chancey   Executive Producer
Peter Coleman   Engineer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Gene Eichelberger   overdub engineer
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Chris Hammond   Engineer
Steve Holroyd   Engineer
Carl Jackson   Producer,Executive Producer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Joe McGrath   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Producer,Engineer
Warren Peterson   Engineer,overdub engineer
John Porter   Producer
Ronny Scaife   Composer
Chuck Seitz   Engineer
Steve Tillisch   overdub engineer
Don Was   Producer
Mark Wright   Executive Producer
Ron Black   Engineer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Kathy Nelson   Executive Producer
Geoffrey Himes   Liner Notes
Karen Cronin   Art Direction
Teller   Executive Producer
Jamie Tate   Engineer
Kathy Louvin   Executive Producer
Frank Liddell   Executive Producer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Chuck Turner   Engineer,overdub engineer
Joey Turner   Engineer,overdub engineer
Bruce Hinton   Executive Producer
Marc Dottore   Management

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