Back to the Country

Back to the Country

by Johnny ShinesJohnny Shines

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - Remastered / Special Edition)

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Back to the Country finds Johnny Shines, accompanied by Snooky Pryor, running through a selection of standards, many of which they had played in their prime. At the time they made Back to the Country, they were well into old age, and had suffered some losses. Shines, in particular, was hit hard by the ravages of old age, suffering a stroke in the late '80s. As a result, Shines couldn't play guitar for this session, so producer John Nicholas and Kent Du Chane pick up the slack. This doesn't really hurt the music, but it's disheartening and awkward to listen to the album knowing that Shines isn't able to perform. That said, there are some nice moments on the record -- Shines and Pryor have a nice rapport which shines through despite difficulties -- but overall, it's hard not to view this as a nostalgia exercise.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2008
Label: Blind Pig
UPC: 0019148439115
catalogNumber: 4391

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Shines   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Johnny Nicholas   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Steel Guitar
Snooky Pryor   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Kent Duchaine   Rhythm Guitar,Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Johnny Nicholas   Producer
Edward Chmelewski   Producer
Jerry del Giudice   Producer
John Hanlon   Engineer
John Hill   Engineer
John Morthland   Liner Notes
John Nicholas   Composer
John Shines   Composer
James Pryor   Composer
Curley Hammer   Composer

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