Chicago Country Legends CD (2003)

Artist: Sundowners

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Product Overview


Label Bloodshot Records
SKU 60619611
UPC 744302080925
UPC 14 00744302080925
Format CD
Release Date 11/18/2003
Author Sundowners
Technical Info
Producer John T. Rice; John Rice
CatalogID BS 809
Lable Name Bloodshot
Released 12/01/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 66m : 22s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00744302080925
Album Notes and Credits
The Sundowners: Bob Boyd, Don Walls (guitar); Curt Delaney (bass).
Additional personnel: Johnny Davis.
Recorded between 1960 and 1971.
Editor: John Rice.
In the old days before country music was regarded as a viable commercial medium by the mainstream music industry (a discovery that has caused country & western nothing but trouble since), practically every city of any size had at least one honky tonk with a house band capable of playing anything a customer was likely to request. In Chicago, the Sundowners were a three-piece country band that held court from 1959 to 1989 in a handful of Windy City beer joints; they spent most of their career at a club called the R.R. Ranch, where they would play all night four nights a week and run through 7,000 songs in a year. While on the surface the Sundowners might sound like an ordinary bar band, Chicago Country Legends is a collection of live recordings culled from 11 years of gigs, which proves they were anything but. Don Walls' jazzy, Merle Travis-inspired lead guitar lines would have been the envy of any number of Nashville pickers, second guitarist Bob Boyd and bassist Curt Delaney were a strong enough rhythm section that one rarely noticed the lack of a drummer, and their harmonies were as crisp and refreshing as an ice-cold beer. The Sundowners also knew how to mix up their repertoire, running from traditional classics like "Tom Dooley" and "Miller's Cave" to (then) contemporary pop hits from the Beatles and Bobby Darin, all played with their own unique mix of down-home feeling and big-city flair. Some musicians achieve overnight success that makes them famous worldwide, but only for a matter of a few years (or months), while others quietly make wonderful music that's heard only by a small number of people at a time, but they keep on doing it for decades. The Sundowners fell squarely into the latter category, and while Chicago Country Legends is a loving tribute to what made them memorable, it also by extension pays homage to the literally thousands of unknown musicians who without the glare of the limelight play fine, soul-satisfying music every night of the week. God bless the honky tonks, and bless the memory of the Sundowners, whose fine sounds will be remembered long after Toby Keith is merely a troubling memory. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (3/04, p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "A fine collection."
Disc 1
1 Cimmaron
2 It's My Way
3 Around The World
4 Tears
5 What Where When
6 Sidewalks Of Chicago
7 Little Green Valley
8 Shenandoah Waltz
9 Clementine
10 Something
11 I Remember You
12 Big Wide World
13 Here We Go Again
14 Things
15 Tom Dooley
16 Miller's Cave
17 Last Letter
18 Little Pedro
19 Empty Arms
20 Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
21 Guess My Eyes Were Bigger Than My Heart
22 Just As Much As Ever - (with Johnny Davis)
23 Country Capers
24 Cigarette State
Product Attributes
Artist Sundowners
Label Bloodshot Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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