by John DoeJohn Doe


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In the liner notes to Keeper, John Doe's ninth solo album, he thanks producer Dave Way "and the players and singers, they made this happen." Doe is being a bit too modest, considering his always impressive gifts as a vocalist and songwriter, but just as 2009's Country Club was one of his finest solo efforts, in large part because of the strength of his musical partners the Sadies, the crew of musicians on Keeper is powerful enough to push Doe to the top of his game, and it does make a difference. Keeper opens with the one-two punch of "Don't Forget How Much I Love You," a country-flavored love song with a rock & roll heart, and "Never Enough," a rollicking slice of punk-informed roots rock that's snide and joyous at once, and it's been a long time since Doe has sounded like he's had this much fun on plastic. Many of the other cuts on Keeper take a more somber tone, but even on low-key numbers like "Little Tiger" and "Moonbeam," Doe connects the material with confidence and genuine passion, and "Lucky Penny" and "Cottage in the 'Dale" display a guarded optimism he doesn't allow himself especially often in the studio. And with artists like Patty Griffin, Greg Leisz, Howe Gelb, Steve Berlin, Jill Sobule, and Don Was as part of the studio ensemble on Keeper, it's no wonder Doe is so pleased with their contributions. John Doe simply doesn't make bad records, but not all of them are as heartfelt and comfortable as Keeper, and the title is apt -- this captures a great singer and songwriter on a hot streak, and you'd have to go back to his 1990 solo debut to hear a John Doe album that's as eclectic, accomplished, and satisfying as this.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2011
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457224520
catalogNumber: 2245
Rank: 123770

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Doe   Primary Artist
Jill Sobule   Vocals
Steve Berlin   Saxophone
Victor Bisetti   Percussion
Patty Griffin   Vocals
Stuart Johnson   Banjo,Drums,Vocals
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Organ,Piano
Don Was   Bass
Smokey Hormel   Electric Guitar
Howe Gelb   Piano
Doug Pettibone   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dave Way   Tambourine
Cindy Wasserman   Vocals
Ryan Feves   Bass
Frank Lee Drennen   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Exene Cervenka   Composer
John Doe   Composer,Producer
Jill Sobule   Personnel
Steve Berlin   Personnel
Victor Bisetti   Personnel
Patty Griffin   Personnel
Stuart Johnson   Personnel
Greg Leisz   Personnel
Val McCallum   Personnel
Jamie Muhoberac   Personnel
Don Was   Personnel
Smokey Hormel   Personnel
Howe Gelb   Personnel
Doug Pettibone   Personnel
Dave Way   Producer,Engineer
Cindy Wasserman   Personnel
Ryan Feves   Personnel
Earl Jackson   Composer
Frank Lee Drennen   Personnel

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