Keep on Smilin'

Keep on Smilin'

by Wet WillieWet Willie


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Keep on Smilin' is the definitive Wet Willie studio album, bluesier than a lot of their other work, and much of it also somewhat more laid-back. Beginning with "Country Side of Life," the band sounds tight, tuned, and in top form. Their playing is clean and crisp, and the vocals exude a bold confidence. The hit title track is a compelling reggae-country meld that's one of the more interesting and long-wearing country-rock hits of its period. It's surrounded by gospel-flavored material and also one of the neater Stax-influenced tracks ever put down by a white band, "Soul Sister," which is also a great showcase for the Williettes. Other highlights include the acoustic country ballad "Alabama," a major change of pace for this band with some clever lyrical conceits; the ultra-funky "Soul Jones" (which manages to work in a quote from the Allman Brothers), and the soulful rocker "Lucy Was in Trouble," which became a key part of the group's concert sets. The only drawback is that the group didn't quite have enough material to cover a whole album here, and also they're a little too loose compared with their live performances, as on Drippin' Wet. The 1998 Capricorn remastering has an especially full sound, improving significantly on the original LP.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/1997
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731453613423
catalogNumber: 536134
Rank: 64495

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wet Willie   Primary Artist
Jimmy Hall   Harmonica,Percussion,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Lewis Ross   Percussion,Drums
John Anthony   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ella Avery   Vocals
Earl Ford   Trombone,Electric Trombone
Donna Hall   Vocals
Jack Hall   Banjo,Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ricky Hirsch   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joyce Knight   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ella Avery   Contributor
Tom Dowd   Producer
Donna Hall   Contributor
Ovie Sparks   Engineer
Sam Whiteside   Engineer
Tony Humphries   Engineer
Richard Mantel   Art Direction
Williettes   Contributor
Maurice R. Hirsch   Composer

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