On her 20th album Tracy Nelson has been nice enough to show you what might have been if Janis Joplin had lived but remained a horrible drunk. The liner notes tell the fascinating tale of why this remarkably bad record was rejected by record label after record label until the artist decided to do you the favor of releasing it herself.
Tracy Nelson: Ebony & Irony. This recording represents the anticipated follow up to Tracy Nelson’s well-regarded 1998 release, Sing It! with shouters Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball, and returns her to the country and blues feel of the earliest albums with her old band, Mother Earth. I’d only recommend Ebony & Irony to Tracy Nelson devotees, vocal nuts, country fusion enthusiasts and people over 40. The rest of you will just not get it. Track Listing: You Will Find Me There, Strongest Weakness; Got a New Truck; If You Knew How Much; Last Chance; How Much Truth; Still Not Out of the Woods; I Must Be Crazy; Even Now; Quicksand; Strongest Weakness (alternate take); Silent Trail.
Nelson's detailed liner notes describe this, her 20th album, as the record she's been trying to make for the last 30 years. Though it's in the nature of the artist to never be satisfied, one could argue that she's succeeded with this release. Heartfelt, sincere, technically excellent, and brimming with honesty, Ebony & Irony is Nelson's finest effort yet. - -Genevieve Williams.
Tracy Nelson – You Will Find Me There. 02. Tracy Nelson – Strongest Weakness. 03. Tracy Nelson – Got A New Truck. 04. Tracy Nelson – If You Knew How Much. 05. Tracy Nelson – Last Chance. 06. Tracy Nelson – How Much Truth. 07. Tracy Nelson – Still Not Out Of The Woods. 08. Tracy Nelson – I Must Be Crazy. 09. Tracy Nelson – Even Now. 10. Tracy Nelson – Quicksand. 11. 12. Tracy Nelson – Silent Trail. 2001 - Ebony And Irony/ - . 0. 2001 - Ebony And Irony/08. Tracy Nelson тАУ I Must Be Crazy. 2001 - Ebony And Irony/11. Tracy Nelson тАУ Strongest Weakness (alternative take). 2001 - Ebony And Irony/Tracy Nelson - Ebony And Irony. 2001 - Ebony And Irony/02. Tracy Nelson тАУ Strongest Weakness.
Personnel: - Tracy Nelson - Vocals (Background) Marcia Ball (Piano) George Bradfute, Bob Britt, Mike Henderson (Guitar) Steve Conn (Accordion) Brian Fullen, John Gardner (Drums) Terry Hanck (Saxophone) Byron House, Michael Rhodes Bass Darryl Jones, Steve Aaron, Vickie Carrico, John Cowan, Alice Newman, Richard Parks, Terry Tucker - Vocals (Background) Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson (Horn) Jim Pugh, Reese Wynans (Organ, Piano).
This unassuming quality only contributes to Ebony & Irony's overall excellence, as Nelson plunges through the country-ish "Got a New Truck" (with a smashing piano part courtesy of Marcia Ball) and a stunning rendition of David Egan's "Even Now," before taking a sharp left turn into the rollicking "Quicksand. Nelson's detailed liner notes describe this, her 20th album, as the record she's been trying to make for the last 30 years . In 1974 Tracy was nominated for a Grammy for her duet with Willie Nelson, ‘After the Fire Is Gone,’ which was a track from her album on Atlantic Records. I didn’t record in the 80s because there was no place for me to go and when I started again in the 90s, all Rounder Records wanted was blues records.
|1||you will find me there|
|3||got a new truck|
|4||if you knew how much|
|6||how much truth|
|7||still not out of the woods|
|8||i must be crazy|
|11||strongest weakness ( alt. take )|
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 805772401723
|m2n2 1260||tracy nelson||ebony & irony (CD, Album)||relentless nashville||m2n2 1260||US||2001|