I'm Staying Out

I'm Staying Out

by Caitlin Cary


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With I'm Staying Out, Whiskeytown alum Caitlin Cary affirms the promise of her 2002 debut in every respect: The writing, the music, and the performances reveal an artist who has found her voice. Producer Chris Stamey provides Cary with richly textured but unobtrusive arrangements that balance acoustic intimacy with rock 'n' roll drive -- sometimes flat-out the latter, as in the raging "Cello Girl" (which also cops a lyric from the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York"). Recording with her road band and some primo guest musicians such as Don Dixon, Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed, and cellist Jane Scarpantoni, Cary conjures some lyrical magic from her pen, then enhances it with her husky, expressive voice. She chronicles post-breakup devastation with unflinching, forlorn detail in "Empty Rooms" (which features velvety harmonies from Mary Chapin Carpenter) and "The Next One," both driven by some E Street Band–style thrust. In "Sleepin' In on Sunday," rich strings, tinkly piano, minimalist guitar, and a lazy pedal steel line create a dreamy, sensuous ambiance that is as enticing as the song's subject matter -- staying in bed with your lover all day. The classically styled country tear-jerker "Please Break My Heart" sounds like a great, lost Patsy Cline track. To music that summons the beauty of all those Owen Bradley–produced, Bill McElhiney–arranged string orchestrations for Cline's powerful ballads, Cary gives a heartbreaking reading that is a masterpiece of nuanced shadings, delicate phrasing, and deep emotional commitment -- these scars sound earned. Cary's a long way from Whiskeytown these days, but the road she's on leads to all the right places.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457204928
catalogNumber: 2049
Rank: 224746

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Caitlin Cary   Primary Artist,Violin,Harmonium,Sitar,Vocals,Fuzz Guitar,Spoken Word
Don Dixon   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Background Vocals,Hi String,Clevenger Bass
Chris Stamey   Bass,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Background Vocals
Dave Bartholomew   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Rod Abernethy   String Enhancement
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Background Vocals
Mitch Easter   Guitar,Soloist
Audley Freed   Guitar,Mandolin,Slide Guitar
Greg Humphreys   Background Vocals
Wes Lachot   Background Vocals
Brian Dennis   Electric Guitar,Theremin
Jane Scarpantoni   Sampled Cello
Tim Bright   Overdubs
Mike Daly   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vibes,Hi String
Brandon Bush   Organ
Frank Gratkowski   Clarinet
Jon Wurster   Percussion,Drums
Corey Sims   Trumpet,Horn
Jen Gunderman   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Moog Bass,Sampled Strings,Spoken Word
Michael Krause   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Greg Decker   Horn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lee Smith   Spoken Word
Thad Cockrell   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
John Teer   Mandolin,Background Vocals,Pizzicato
Dave Adams   String Enhancement
Modrec Irregulars Ensemble   Strings

Technical Credits

Chris Stamey   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Dave Bartholomew   Engineer
Rod Abernethy   Engineer,String Arrangements
John Plymale   Engineer
Garry Rindfuss   Engineer
Caitlin Cary   String Arrangements,Art Direction
Corey Sims   Horn Arrangements
Jen Gunderman   String Arrangements
Mary Gunn   Graphic Design
Daniel Coston   Cover Photo
Dave Adams   Engineer,String Arrangements

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I'm Staying Out 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fiddler and background singer, Cary contributed the odd song to Whiskeytown, but as a solo artist she sings lead with a strong, confident voice, and writes intimate portraits of troubled relationships. Her voice is a rich combination of Natalie Merchant’s tone and Mary Chapin Carpenter’s folkie phrasing, but with a twangy edge. Her vocals stretch naturally across torch songs ("Please Break My Heart"), Memphis-styled soul ("You Don’t Have to Hide"), country waltzes ("I’m Staying Out"), and electric rock ("Cello Girl"). ¶ Chris Stamey’s path from jangle-rock musician to alt.country producer has made stops with Whiskeytown, Alejandro Escovedo, Greg Hawks & The Tremblers, and Cary’s previous two releases. His work here shows a sophisticated understanding of how to tailor the sound to the singer, rather than simply retreading his earlier successes. Cary gets superb musical backing from a core group of Dave Bartholomew, Brian Dennis, Jen Gunderman, and John Wurster, along with cameos from Stamey, Carpenter, Don Dixon and others. ¶ For the time being, Cary is still bound to be introduced as a formerly-lesser-illuminated-part-of-Whisk eytown. And while it’s true that Ryan Adams talent and charisma cast a somewhat opaque shadow across the rest of the band, Cary’s second full-length should firmly establish her as a unique, consistently successful post-Whiskeytown alumnus.