Walking Among the Living

Walking Among the Living

by Jon RandallJon Randall


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He may not yet be a household name, but Jon Randall is recognized by his peers for his tremendous artistry, both as a harmony singer and guitarist (for Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett, among others) and as a songwriter (his "Whiskey Lullaby," for example, has been recorded by both Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley). On his latest solo venture, he gets some vocal support from friends including Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, and Jessi Alexander, but this is Randall's album all the way. True to his roots, he's kept it heavy on traditional accoutrements: fiddles, acoustic guitars, banjos, standup bass, dobro, and New Traditionalist-era harmonies. He sings in a clear, personable tenor, with phrasing at times reminiscent of Lyle Lovett, but always knowing and nuanced. The tunes (he wrote or co-wrote all but one of the 14 here) tend toward the reflective and introspective with a couple of funky bits -- such as the engaging "Austin" and the razor-edged "Coming Back for More" -- energizing the body as well as the mind. Both "In the Country" and "North Carolina Moon" limn the rejuvenating comforts of home and family, while Alison Krauss lends a chilling harmony to the moral tortures described in the cheating ballad, "I Shouldn't Do This." A dramatic, cello-enhanced reading of "Whiskey Lullaby" brings chills, as it should, and the lone cover, a shuffling take on the estimable R. L. Castleman's "My Life," provides a jubilant, bluegrass closer to this content-rich disc. This one's a Walk/I> to remember.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828767788821
catalogNumber: 77888
Rank: 118687

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Randall   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Alison Krauss   Background Vocals
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Slide Mandolin
Patty Loveless   Background Vocals
Glen Duncan   Banjo,Electric Guitar
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Steve Conn   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Larry Corbett   Cello
John Cowan   Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin,Octave Violin
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Trey Henry   Double Bass
Byron House   Bass,Double Bass
Rob Ickes   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Carl Jackson   Background Vocals
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Gary Nicholson   national steel guitar
Dave Pomeroy   Bass,Electric Bass
Darrell Scott   Background Vocals
Pete Wasner   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Evan Wilson   Viola
Karen Elaine Bakunin   Viola
Pat Bergeson   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar,national steel guitar
Sonya Isaacs   Background Vocals
Rudy Stein   Cello
Greg Davis   Banjo
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin
Jessi Alexander   Background Vocals
Chris Brown   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

George Massenburg   Producer,Engineer,Sound Design,Stereo Mix Producer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Mike Poole   Engineer
Gary Scruggs   Composer
Ronnie Stewart   Composer
Jon Randall   Composer,Producer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Robert Lee Castleman   Composer
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development
Sylvia Meiler   Creative Producer
David Robinson   Engineer
Paula Jehle Turner   Groomer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Melanie Castleman   Composer

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