Jeannie Kendall

Jeannie Kendall

by Jeannie KendallJeannie Kendall


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The death of Royce Kendall in 1998 marked the end of one of country music's great duos, but daughter Jeannie carries on the vision and traditional spirit of the Kendalls on her solo debut. (Dad appears on two lovely cuts: a heartfelt cover of Johnny Bond's country evergreen, "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight?," and a taut, moody tale of obsession, "Train of Thought.") Stylistically, the junior Kendall -- whose voice suggests that of another mountain gal who is aging gracefully, Dolly Parton -- navigates through bluegrass, country, and folk, accompanied by the likes of Union Station (on four cuts) and dobro masters Rob Ickes and Sonny Garrish. In Royce's absence, Jeannie has found some pretty fair vocal compatriots: Alison Krauss gives "Old Friends" that haunting mountain feel; Rhonda Vincent and her brother Darrin make multiple appearances (the latter does a heck of a job in the Royce role with an impassioned, deeply felt turn on "That's What Your Love Does to Me"); and Allison Moorer adds an alluring second voice to the urgent choruses of the otherwise dirge-like country weeper, "Serious Doubt." Both Vincent and Ricky Skaggs join Kendall in a tight triumvirate of harmony on the bluesy heartbreaker "Smoky Lonesome," and Alan Jackson has a fantastic solo turn on a western swing–styled love song, "Timeless and True Love" (resurrected from a near-forgotten McCarters album, The Gift, from 1988). From the wrenching event that forged her solo career, Jeannie Kendall has fashioned a moving personal statement, straight from the heart, rich in roots sensibility, and deep as the mysteries its songs explore.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/25/2003
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661040120
catalogNumber: 610401
Rank: 139716

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeannie Kendall   Primary Artist,Vocals
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Ricky Skaggs   Vocal Harmony
Rhonda Vincent   Vocal Harmony
Glen Duncan   Mandolin
Gary Prim   Piano
Barry Bales   Bass
Ron Block   Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Pat Flynn   Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Sonny Garrish   Dobro,pedabro
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Carl Jackson   Vocal Harmony
Alan Jackson   Vocals
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Jason Moore   Bass
Milton Sledge   Percussion
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Bruce Watkins   Guitar,Mandolin
Darrin Vincent   Vocal Harmony
Royce Kendall   Vocal Harmony
Cody Kilby   Guitar
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Allison Moorer   Vocal Harmony
Ron Stewart   Fiddle
Deanna Cox   Vocal Harmony
David Smith   Bass
Dan Tyminski   Guitar

Technical Credits

Laurie Lewis   Composer
Kimberly M'Carver   Composer
Joey Scarbury   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Austin Roberts   Composer
Hugh Moffatt   Composer
Larry Cordle   Composer
Buzz Cason   Composer
Jim Bessman   Liner Notes
Charlie Black   Composer
Bob Bullock   Engineer
Bill Caswell   Composer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Alan Jackson   Duet
Tim Kish   Engineer
Rocky Schnaars   Engineer
Stephony Smith   Composer
Marshall Wilborn   Composer
Chick Rains   Composer
Linda Holland   Composer
Steve Chandler   Engineer
Steve Gulley   Duet
Cathy Majeski   Composer
Sunny Russ   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Brien Fisher   Producer
Union Station   Contributor
Buck Jarrell   Engineer
Mike Stults   Composer,Producer

Customer Reviews

Jeannie Kendall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many remember The Kendalls. In this duo with her father (the late Royce Kendall), Jeannie Kendall had a strings of hits (like "Leavin' on a Jet Plane," "Pittsburgh Stealers," "You'd Make an Angel Wanna Cheat," "I'm Already Blue," "Teach Me To Cheat," "Sweet Desire," "Thank God for Radio"). Their "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" was a number one country hit, crossed over to the pop chart in 1977, won a Grammy and took home the CMA Record of the Year award. The Kendalls' unique harmony gave them a contemporary sound with enough traditional flavor to win them many fans. Jeannie now steps into the spotlight with her first solo album, an all acoustic country and bluegrass project. Although her father passed away at age 64 in 1998, he is included on two cuts ("I Wonder Where You Are Tonight" and "Train of Thought"). The former is a straight-ahead presentation, but not hard-driving, high and lonesome. Besides Dan Tyminski, Adam Steffey, Barry Bales and Rob Ickes, other sterling guests include Ricky Skaggs, Stuart Duncan, Alan Jackson, Carl Jackson, Rhonda and Darrin Vincent, Pat Flynn, Bryan Sutton, Allison Moorer, and Ron Stewart. Percussion is offered by Kenny Malone or Milton Sledge on all but one cut, "Jack and Lucy," a duet that Jeannie sings with Steve Gulley. Another special duet on the project is a remake of the 1988 McCarter's hit, "Timeless and True Love," sung by Jeannie with Alan Jackson. Laurie Lewis' hit, "Love Chooses You," is arranged with angelic vocals of Jeannie singing with Rhonda and Darrin Vincent. The same trio harmonize on "The Color of Her Eyes," a beautiful song written by Mike Stults. Jeannie sings with Alison Krauss on another Laurie Lewis song, "Old Friends." This project began back in 1998 when Jeannie and Royce Kendall started recording an acoustic project with Alison Krauss' band, Union Station. It has taken four years and various recording sessions to bring the album to completion, but that is to our advantage because there is a lot of variety on this album. I wouldn't have minded hearing banjo on at least one or two cuts. Even if soft-driving banjo-less bluegrass with a country twist, light percussion and piano, may not be your main cup of bluegrassy tea, you'll find songs to peak your interest and grab your attention on this project. The choice of acoustic country material is excellent, with a nice mix of covers and new material. Every song is given a unique Jeannie Kendall treatment and arrangement, but they all have certain elements in common: stellar musicianship and beautiful vocals with Jeannie's divine voice always out front. I am very pleased to see such professional productions of this quality in the acoustic music market. This album deserves a place in your collection, and I hope to hear its tracks frequently on the country, bluegrass and Americana radio airwaves. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have loved the Kendall's over the years, but Jeannie has just gotten better and better. So glad to have her recording again!!