Jacksonville City Nights

Jacksonville City Nights

by Ryan Adams & the CardinalsRyan Adams & the Cardinals


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Ryan Adams has always used country music as a flavoring agent in his sonic gumbo, but on this, his fifth post-Whiskeytown album, he makes it the main ingredient -- a choice that's both tantalizing and earthily satisfying. The disc is laced with memories -- more bitter than sweet -- of his North Carolina hometown, a burg that revolves around a military base, hardly the sort of spot one would expect Adams to flourish in. Not only does Jacksonville give the album its title, it imbues one of its finest songs, the poignant "The End," with wistful sepia tones. There's a good bit of melancholy on display here, from the Faron Young–styled "My Heart Is Broken" to the deceptively upbeat piano choogler "A Kiss Before I Go," but Adams's expressive singing and no-nonsense lyrics stay on the right side of the line that separates the mope-rock boys from the down-but-not-out C&W men. To his credit, Adams never sounds like a day-tripper in these environs: Whether duetting with Norah Jones on the hazy "Dear John" -- which splits the difference between Nancy Sinatra/Lee Hazlewood and Tammy Wynette/Porter Wagoner -- or strafing against a keening fiddle on "The Hardest Part," he sounds like he's pouring out his heart, not merely playing the role of country crooner. Nashville, and the rest of the music world, could learn a lot from that.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2005
Label: Lost Highway
UPC: 0602498806548
catalogNumber: 000470702
Rank: 135201

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Bob Hoffnar   Pedal Steel Guitar
Julia Kent   Cello
Bob Mason   Cello
Joe McGinty   Piano
Nashville String Machine   Track Performer
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Bergen White   Conductor
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Jon Graboff   Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals,Various,Group Member
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Cello
Glenn Patscha   Piano,Background Vocals
Ryan Adams   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Connie Ellison   Violin
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Cello
Claudia Chopek   Violin
Norah Jones   Piano,Vocals
Byron Isaacs   Background Vocals
J.P. Bowersock   Electric Guitar,Group Member
David Gold   Violin,Viola
Catherine Popper   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Group Member
Michael Panes   Violin
Brad Pemberton   Drums

Technical Credits

Bergen White   String Arrangements
Tom Schick   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jon Graboff   Composer
Ryan Adams   Composer,Art Direction
Caitlin Cary   Composer
Norah Jones   Composer
J.P. Bowersock   Composer
Catherine Popper   Composer
Tom Gloadly   Producer,Engineer
Michael Panes   Composer
Andy West   Art Direction
Brad Pemberton   Composer

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