'Small towns have a kind of stark, quiet beauty to them. Even after Wal-Marts move in and decimate Main Street, there's still a solemn dignity in those boarded up storefronts and dusty, ramshackle feed stores. Kerrville native Owen Temple writes about these places, as common to Texas as they are to Indiana or Alabama. Produced by steel mogul Lloyd Maines, these two albums are a good pair. It'd be easy enough to lump Temple in with Texas singer-songwriters like the Robison brothers and Robert Earl Keen, but he leans more toward country and away from the folk side of the equation. Maines has brought in some heavy hitters to the sessions, such as Terri Hendrix, Darcy Deville, Bukka Allen, Rich Brotherton, and John Inmon, with the results sounding down-to-earth and unpretentious. Often with singer-songwriters, there's a trade-off involved where the execution can't match the songwriting, but Temple and Maines balance the two nicely and capture the lonesome-feel small-town scenarios. It's as familiar as a beat-up Martin D-28 guitar, as comfortable as a worn-out pair of jeans, and as evocative as a metal Texaco sign flapping in the breeze in front of a boarded-up gas station, storm clouds brewing in the distance.' --Austin Chronicle Produced by Lloyd Maines Engineered by Fred Remmert Recorded at Cedar Creek Studios, Austin, Texas Musicians Owen Temple - Acoustic Lloyd Maines - Electric guitar, Acoustic, Pedal steel, Mandolin, and Dobro John Inmon - Electric guitar, Acoustic Michael Tarabay - Bass Richard Bowden - Fiddle, Mandolin Rich Brotherton - Mandolin Riley Osbourn - keyboards Bob Livingston - Harmonica Stan Smith - Clarinet John Treanor - Washboard Bukka Allen - Accordion Mark Patterson - drums Fred Remmert - percussion Cory Morrow - Vocals on 'Jaded Lover' Pat Green - Vocals on 'Jaded Lover' Paul Lee - Harmony vocals Terri Hendrix - Harmony vocals Graham Sones - Harmony vocals.
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