Your Country

Your Country

by Graham ParkerGraham Parker


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There's nothing all that unusual about an aging rocker -- particularly one who's survived outside the mainstream -- trying his hand at country music, but the believability of Graham Parker's foray into the genre is mighty uncommon. That's due, in large part, to Parker's recognition that you needn't become a Hee Haw–style caricature in order to crank out legit country music. "Anything for a Laugh," which opens the 11-song collection, uses a healthy dose of barroom piano to push along a wizened road tale that calls to mind a Buck Owens–written "Tears of a Clown." On the flip side, "Cruel Lips," which features some crackling counterpoint vocals from Lucinda Williams, evokes both laughs and winces with its kiss-off message. While steel guitars and zither figure prominently in the mix of most songs, Parker does allow the odd glimpse of his usual angry not-so-young man prickliness -- it rears up most significantly on the sneering "Nation of Shopkeepers." And as if to prove he's always had a toe dipped in the genre's gene pool, Parker closes Your Country by revamping one of his early classics, retrofitting "Crawling from the Wreckage (Revisited)" with a pumping Sun Studios rhythm and a delivery that's more wounded than ferocious. To Parker's credit, this sounds less like an experiment than a logical next step in an always intriguing career.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/2004
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0011112010627
catalogNumber: 106

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Graham Parker   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Echo Harp
Lucinda Williams   Vocals
Don Heffington   Percussion,Drums,Jew's Harp
Tom Freund   Electric Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Melodica,Upright Bass
Ben Peeler   Lap Steel Guitar
John Would   Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Jerry Garcia   Composer
Graham Parker   Composer,Producer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Julie Parker   Cover Design
John Would   Producer,Engineer

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