Spinning Around the Sun

Spinning Around the Sun

by Jimmie Dale GilmoreJimmie Dale Gilmore


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Released in 1991, After Awhile stripped back the traditional country backings from Jimmie Dale Gilmore's music and let the subtle textures of his lyrics shine through, and the result was one of Gilmore's finest recordings. After the critical success of After Awhile, Emory Gordy, Jr., a top-shelf Nashville producer and session musician, was assigned to work on Gilmore's follow-up, Spinning Around the Sun, and his approach seemed to be to follow the subtle and scaled-back sound of After Awhile, but make it more polished and listener-friendly at the same time. If that seems a little confusing, Spinning Around the Sun for the most part sounds like a labor of love to honor Gilmore's work while making it more accessible (especially to the country marketplace). While the cover of "I Was the One" and "Reunion," a duet with Lucinda Williams, sound as if they were crafted with country radio in mind, most of the album mimics After Awhile's relaxed but thoughtful sound, though the surfaces shine with Music City perfection rather than the more intimate and soulful attack of Gilmore's Austin, TX, compatriots. Ultimately, the bigger problem is that the material on Spinning Around the Sun just isn't as interesting; Gilmore only penned four of the album's songs, and while the rest of the material is solid, there are too many tunes that are beautiful but unremarkable, and beyond a near-definitive reworking of Butch Hancock's "Just a Wave, Not the Water," very little of this connects with the force of Gilmore's best work. Spinning Around the Sun is an album of many beautiful moments that never quite coheres into a fully satisfying whole.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1993
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596150224
catalogNumber: 61502
Rank: 8901


  1. Where You Going
  2. Santa Fe Thief
  3. I Was the One
  4. So I'll Run
  5. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  6. Mobile Line (France Blues)
  7. Nothing of the Kind
  8. Just a Wave, Not the Water
  9. Reunion
  10. I'm Gonna Love You
  11. Another Colorado
  12. Thinking About You

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmie Dale Gilmore   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Joe Ely   Background Vocals
Lucinda Williams   Vocals,Track Performer
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Steve Gibson   Electric Guitar
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Keyboards
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Steve Fishell   Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass
Berry Gordy   Bass
Chris Leuzinger   Electric Guitar
Gary Nicholson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Perkins   Dobro
Carmella Ramsey   Background Vocals
Kayton Roberts   Steel Guitar
Wes Starr   Drums
Harry Stinson   Drums,Background Vocals
Pete Wasner   Keyboards
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Lauzinger   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

David Bither   Executive Producer
Emory Gordy   Producer
Berry Gordy   Producer,Contributor
Russ Martin   Engineer
Frank Olinsky   Art Direction

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