The Imus Ranch Record II

The Imus Ranch Record II


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For those who didn't catch the first volume of The Imus Ranch Record, here's a brief history: radio personality Don Imus and wife Diedre run a huge charity ranch for children plagued with cancer or severe blood disorders, and the surviving siblings of children who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Kids get to take part in the full range of activities that go with running a 4,000-plus acre working cattle ranch that is completely environmentally pure and vegan. And the kids go for free. The Imus Ranch Record is one of the fund-raising activities for the charity. The makeup of this second volume pretty much follows the format of the first: Imus picks songs for some of his favorite artists to cover; he was able to get labels to license him a few songs as well. Musically, these sounds all come from American roots. The good tracks far outnumber the slightly substandard, making this volume better than its predecessor. Levon Helm and Delbert McClinton appeared (separately) on the first volume and they're back here. Helm and band cover Bob Dylan's "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" in deep blues fashion, and McClinton's "Lone Star Blues" is here courtesy of the Room to Breathe album. Other highlights start with the country rebel Jamey Johnson's set-opening steel guitar-saturated read of Meat Loaf's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," done without a hint of irony; it has been reinvented as a modern honky tonk classic guaranteed to make you cry in your beer. Outsider songwriter Hayes Carll delivers a delightful shambolic version of Roger Miller's "King of the Road," and Sam Moore (of legendary soul duo Sam & Dave) turns Jennifer Kimball and Paul Davis' "Bop" into a genuine R&B finger-popper that will make you forget the original. The Blind Boys of Alabama lay down an excellent "You Can't Be a Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine." Adam Duritz's version of Warren Zevon's "Carmelita" is reprised from the I-10 Chronicles compilation. Elizabeth Cook's ballad "You Move Too Fast" (the only self-written song here) and Cheap Trick's version of "Don't Be Cruel" are here, too. As a various-artists comp, this set works well (mostly) -- and the cause is indeed a worthy one.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2010
Label: New West Records
UPC: 0607396618620
catalogNumber: 6186
Rank: 147968


  1. Two Out of Three Ain't Bad
  2. Bop
  3. You Move Too Fast
  4. Don't Be Cruel
  5. King of the Road
  6. You Can't Be a Beacon If Your Light Don't Shine
  7. It Takes a Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry
  8. Lover Please
  9. My Hometown
  10. Bread and Butter
  11. Carmelita
  12. Lone Star Blues
  13. Part Time Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Jorgenson   Electric Guitar,Electric Sitar
Steve Gibson   Electric Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Larry Campbell   Guitar (Resonator)
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Levon Helm   Drums,Vocals
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Cowboy Eddie Long   Steel Guitar
Gordon Mote   Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Suzy Ragsdale   Background Vocals
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Tommy Sims   Bass
Jimmy Vivino   Acoustic Guitar
Scott Davis   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Sam Moore   Vocals
John Barlow Jarvis   Hammond B3
Perry Coleman   Vocals
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet
Wayd Battle   Electric Guitar
Casey Wood   Percussion
Kenny Smith   Drums
Hayes Carll   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Blind Boys of Alabama   Vocals
Jordan Lehning   Electric Guitar
Shannon Forest   Drums
Joey Williams   Guitar
Tracy Pierce   Bass
Kira Small   Background Vocals
Troy Johnson   Vocal Harmony
Jamey Johnson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Eric Lawrence   Baritone Saxophone
Eric "Ricky" McKinnie   Drums
Dave Macafee   Drums
Bryan Mitchell   Piano
Mike Merritt   Bass

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Clay Hammond   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Billy Swan   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Larry Campbell   Producer
Steve Fishell   Producer
Justin Guip   Engineer
Peter Jesperson   Executive Producer
Jennifer Kimball   Composer
Kyle Lehning   Producer,Executive Producer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Charlie Robison   Composer
Warren Zevon   Composer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Don Imus   Producer
Hardie McGehee   Composer
T.W. Cargile   Engineer
Casey Wood   Pro-Tools
Elizabeth Cook   Composer
Larry Parks   Composer
Jordan Lehning   overdub engineer
Kent Hardly Playboys   Producer
James Richard Steinman   Composer
Martin J. Cooper   Composer
Paul Davis   Composer
Tracy Gerhson   Executive Producer
Jerry Turnbow   Composer

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