Standard Songs for Average People

Standard Songs for Average People

by John Prine, Mac WisemanJohn Prine


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The word "legend" is tossed around far too often. But John Prine, with a 30-years-plus body of unassailable, socially aware songs filled with wry humor, lyrical poignancy, and deep humanity, and Mac Wiseman, one of the greatest bluegrass tenors of all time -- well, these guys are unqualified legends whose styles will be studied by generations yet unborn. At the urging of another by-God legend, Cowboy Jack Clement, Prine and Wiseman gathered a bunch of their favorite songs, assembled a crack band that includes guitarist Pat McLaughlin and pedal steel master Lloyd Green, brought in the Grand Ole Opry's velvet-voiced Carol Lee Singers to provide sumptuous backgrounds, and voila! A genial, warmhearted musical event transpired that found our heroes assaying everything from Bing Crosby's pop classic "Where the Blue of the Night" to a dreamy take on Patti Page's 1957 "Old Cape Cod" (on which the ruggedly weathered voices offer a resonant contrast to a lush string chart and the Carol Lee Singers' smooth crooning) to a reverent, country church-style rendering of the venerable hymn "Old Rugged Cross." The grizzled vets have a lot of fun warming up to the perky Bob Wills-Cindy Walker western swing homily "Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age," which they aren't, and getting frisky on a perky bluegrass treatment of Al Dexter's "Pistol Packin' Mama," during which Ronnie McCoury adds a sprightly mandolin solo. A little blues from Leon Payne, some heartbreak from Kris Kristofferson, some love and happiness courtesy Ernest Tubb, nostalgia for a simpler time via Tom T. Hall -- the songs are as vintage as the performances. But it all sounds fresh.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2007
Label: Oh Boy
UPC: 0094012003821
catalogNumber: 38
Rank: 85865


  1. Blue-Eyed Elaine
  2. Don't Be Ashamed of Your Age
  3. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  4. I Love You Because
  5. Pistol-Packin' Mama
  6. Saginaw, Michigan
  7. Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine
  8. Old Cape Cod
  9. Death of Floyd Collins
  10. The Blue Side of Lonesome
  11. In the Garden
  12. Just the Other Side of Nowhere
  13. Old Rugged Cross
  14. Where the Blue of the Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Prine   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mac Wiseman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Lloyd Green   Pedal Steel Guitar
Pat McLaughlin   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Ukulele,Vocal Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Mike Bub   Bass
Jack Clement   Dobro,Guitar
Charles Cochran   Electric Piano
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Jamie Hartford   Electric Guitar
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Pat McInerney   Drums
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Tim O'Brien   Banjo,Guitar
David Jacques   Bass
Lester Armistead   Vocal Harmony
Kenneth Blevins   Percussion,Snare Drums
Carol Lee Singers   Background Vocals
Dave Jacques   Bass

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Bing Crosby   Composer
Charlie Feathers   Composer
John Prine   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Leon Payne   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Bunetta   Management
David Ferguson   Audio Production
Stan Kesler   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Claire Rothrock   Composer
Milton Yakus   Composer
C. Austin Miles   Composer
Allan Jeffrey   Composer

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