by Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band


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There comes a time in every person's life when he or she sits back to take stock; Pilgrimage represents that moment for Larry Gatlin. One of the pioneers of country-pop in the '70s, Gatlin returns to those roots here, delivering an album that ironically, when compared to his shiny-sounding late-aughts Nashville musical descendants, sounds positively down-home. Woven throughout the record are short spoken word interludes in which Gatlin reflects upon his musical journey and his creative and personal relationships with elder legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Roger Miller. The disc's title is a reference to Gatlin's 1973 debut album, The Pilgrim, and the new album shares that record's matching of traditional, finely crafted country songwriting with smooth vocal harmonies and pop-style instrumental textures reminiscent of country-rockers such as the Eagles and Poco. On "Say Nashville -- Whadda Ya Say?," Gatlin recognizes the changing times and explicitly asks fans for acceptance, while "Sweet Becky Walker" is a fairly straightforward, and perhaps more vibrant-sounding, recutting of the Texas native's first hit single, bringing his career full circle. Perhaps the most poignant moment, however, is the song "Johnny Cash Is Dead (And His House Burned Down)," which at once pays tribute to the master while encouraging young bucks to aspire to Cash's legacy. Throughout, Gatlin and his brothers sound re-energized and confident, and as a result deliver one of the most consistent, engaging, and soulful albums of their career.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187915329
catalogNumber: 79153
Rank: 43276

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Performance Credits

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers Band   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kris Kristofferson   Vocal Harmony
Larry Gatlin   Acoustic Guitar
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Gardner   Drums
Rudy Gatlin   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Gatlin   Bass Guitar
Tony Harrell   Piano
Jamie Hartford   Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Hoot Hester   Fiddle,Mandolin
John Hobbs   Piano
Dirk Johnson   Piano,Hammond Organ
Danny Parks   Electric Guitar
Larry Paxton   Bass Guitar
George Perilli   Percussion,Drums
Michael Rhodes   Bass Guitar
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Spivey   Mandolin
Jeff Taylor   Accordion
Wanda Vick   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin
Kristin Wilkinson   Violin,Viola
Bob Marinelli   Bass Guitar
Jimmy Nichols   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
Bobby Terry   Gut String Guitar
Pat Bergeson   Harmonica
Rick Lonow   Drums
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Marshall Hall   Vocal Harmony
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Chuck Turner   Percussion
Tommy Harden   Percussion,Drums
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Michael "Smitty" Smith   Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Darrell Smith   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Larry Gatlin   Composer,Producer
Lari White   Engineer,Duet
Terry Choate   Producer
Rudy Gatlin   Vocal Arrangements
Dennis Ritchie   Engineer
Ed Seay   Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Krish Sharma   Engineer
Jon Randall   Composer
Wayne Brezinka   Illustrations
Leslie Satcher   Composer,Producer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
John Carter Cash   Liner Notes
Doug Johnson   Producer
Luke Wooten   Producer,Engineer
Chuck Turner   Engineer

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