Hank Wilson's Back!

Hank Wilson's Back!

by Leon RussellLeon Russell


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Leon Russell knows something about country music. Born in Oklahoma, virtually all of the country and blues made their way through Tulsa along with Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. And while Russell is known primarily as a rock & roll performer, that doesn't mean jack. The 14 songs here offer a glimpse of where Russell's heart really lies. All classic country and bluegrass tunes, Hank Wilson's Back features Russell and a few dozen of his closest friends from both L.A. and Nashville tearing up the classics. With everyone from Melba Montgomery, Billy Byrd, Johnny Gimble, Bob Moore, Weldon Myrick, and Pete Drake to Carl Radle, David Briggs, Charlie McCoy, and fellow Okie J.J. Cale, Russell in his alter ego runs through standards such as Lester Flatt's "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms," Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Jambalaya," Bill Monroe's "Uncle Pen," Hank Thompson's "Six Pack to Go," Leon Payne's "Lost Highway," George Jones' "The Window up Above," Jimmie Driftwood's "The Battle of New Orleans," and as a closer, Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene." This is no idle affair. Russell's reads of these classic songs from the country and bluegrass canon are played with fire, verve, and reverence, and he uses every trick in the book to get at the bottom of their meaning, allowing his voice to do things it never did before or since this recording. The playing is well rehearsed and stellar, and since it is played straight, the arrangements are minimal, making Cale's production job that much easier. Hank Wilson's Back is raw, immediate, and full of the kind of drunken passion that only someone who loves the country music tradition could execute. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/1995
Label: The Right Stuff
UPC: 0724383553723
catalogNumber: 35537

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leon Russell   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Violin
Melba Montgomery   Background Vocals
Dianne Davidson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
J.J. Cale   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Tut Taylor   Dobro,Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Butch Robins   Dobro,Guitar
Harold Bradley   Bass,Guitar
Jim Buchanan   Fiddle,Violin
Billy Byrd   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Curly Chalker   Steel Guitar
Chip Young   Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Buddy Harman   Drums
Millie Kirkham   Background Vocals
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Carl Radle   Bass,Electric Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano,Keyboards
Harold Rugg   Steel Guitar
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Bobby Thompson   Banjo
Pete Wade   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joe Zinkan   Bass
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Bob Moore   Bass
Hal Rugg   Steel Guitar
David Briggs   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
J.J. Cale   Producer
Leon Russell   Producer,Contributor
Audie Ashworth   Producer
Denny Cordell   Producer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Joe Mills   Engineer
Shelby Singleton   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Johnny Lowe   Composer

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