Honky Tonk Angels

Honky Tonk Angels

by Loretta LynnLoretta Lynn


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Legend is a hefty title to carry, especially if you're still kicking. The standards are high, the expectations immense. Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette are, nevertheless, legends of country music with decades of albums and awards to prove it. And they are very much still kicking on Honky Tonk Angels -- just in case anyone needs a little reminder. You can even hear how much fun they had singing together, setting aside any historic competition and letting their love of country music shine through, each gracefully moving between lead and harmony vocals. As for the song selection, it covers a wide swath of country history from tunes made famous by early pioneers like Ferlin Husky, the Davis Sisters, and Hank Locklin to their own more contemporary compositions. If that weren't enough credibility, Kitty Wells lends her amazing voice to the opening anthem "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels." Pure goodness. In another twist, Patsy Cline sings on "Lovesick Blues" with Parton, Lynn, and Wynette backing her. The closing track sums up the humorous reverence that permeates much of country music. "I Dreamed of a Hillbilly Heaven" was a hit for Tex Ritter in 1961 and is a surprising choice that seems a bit out of place, but somehow works well enough. For fans of traditional country or great singers, this is a fun listen because it nicely captures three of the best voices around.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972370026
catalogNumber: 723700
Rank: 26560

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Loretta Lynn   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Electric Guitar
Dolly Parton   Track Performer
Kitty Wells   Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Tammy Wynette   Track Performer
Steve Gibson   Guitar
Jimmy Day   Pedal Steel Guitar
Grady Martin   Electric Guitar
Cindy Reynolds Wyatt   Harp
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Patsy Cline   Track Performer,Guest Appearance
Richard Dennison   Background Vocals
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Buddy Harmon   Drums
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Upright Bass
Farrell Morris   Vibes
Weldon Myrick   Pedal Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Background Vocals
Tom Robb   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Bruce Watkins   Acoustic Guitar
Roy Huskey   Upright Bass
Bob Moore   Upright Bass
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Loretta Lynn   Composer,Contributor,Liner Notes
Dolly Parton   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Tammy Wynette   Composer,Contributor,Liner Notes
Irving Mills   Composer
Steve Gibson   Contributor,Tic Tac
Don Robertson   Composer
Eddie Dean   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Harold Bradley   Contributor,Tic Tac
Owen Bradley   Producer
Steve Buckingham   Producer
Bob Ferguson   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Bill Johnson   Art Direction
J.D. Miller   Composer
Marshall Morgan   Engineer
Cecil A. Null   Composer
Jennifer O'Brien   Contributor,Vocal Coordinator
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Schulman   Engineer
Toby Seay   Engineer
Bruce Wolff   Artwork,Paintings,Cover Painting
Bill Johnson   Art Direction
Rollow Welch   Art Direction
Jennifer O'Brien Enoch   Vocal Coordinator
Jack Rhodes   Composer
Bill Owens   Composer
Alan Schulman   Engineer
Hal Southern   Composer
Ralph Emery   Contributor,Liner Notes
Buddy Sheffield   Composer
Dick Reynolds   Composer

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