I Am the Man You Know I'm Not

I Am the Man You Know I'm Not

by Ronnie Fauss


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Dallas singer/songwriter Ronnie Fauss comes from a proud tradition of Lone Star State alt-country mavericks. Like his fellow longhorns Lyle Lovett and Charlie Robison, Fauss has a twang in his heart and an idiosyncratic, left-field songwriting style in his head. The way the two come together on his debut album -- which was preceded by a couple of EPs -- seem to assure Fauss a place on the path to becoming an Americana stalwart. His songs are full of a self-doubt and self-deprecation that's rendered artfully enough to sidestep mawkishness while still fitting easily into the classic country/drown-your-sorrows tradition. Musically, Fauss -- like many of his contemporaries -- is as much a roots rock renegade (think first-album Wilco or early Steve Earle) as he is an alt-country man. The rich organ lines of "Good Enough" and the plangent guitars of "The Last" attest to the influence of the former, and an abundance of swooping steel guitar and easy-rolling honky tonk grooves offer ample evidence of the latter. Most important, though, is Fauss' ability to subvert standard songwriting concepts seamlessly enough that you might not even notice if you aren't paying attention. From his ambivalent state-of-the-union address on "This Year" to bon mots like "strangers are nothing but enemies you have not had the chance yet to hate" on "Answers You Already Know," Fauss shows he's got enough songsmith chops to keep from falling into the generic alt-country troubadour heap. And his tasteful take on Gram Parsons' classic "Sin City" shows he's got his priorities straight.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
Label: Normaltown Records
UPC: 0607396100224
catalogNumber: 1002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronnie Fauss   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris Tuttle   Piano,Accordion,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Adam Beard   Bass
Jason Mowery   Fiddle
Sadler Vaden   Background Vocals
Jimmy Wallace   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Lilly Hiatt   Background Vocals
Taylor Tatsch   Piano,Electric Guitar
Sigurdur Birkis   Percussion,Drums
Devin Malone   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Dave Labruyere   Bass
Adam Ollendorff   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Sam Palladio   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chris Hillman   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Taylor Tatsch   Engineer
Sigurdur Birkis   Producer,Engineer
Ronnie Fauss   Composer,Producer

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