Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck

Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck


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However rough-and-tumble his life, Johnny Paycheck left behind an amazing body of work, and this tribute album does it proud. Produced by Robbie Fulks and featuring an ace band that includes Paycheck's own pedal steel virtuoso, Lloyd Green (lured out of retirement to play some dazzling licks), Touch My Heart surveys the Paycheck catalogue, from riveting early obscurities to smash hits from his prime with Epic and producer Billy Sherrill. "Take This Job and Shove It" brings Buck Owens back into the studio, with Bobby Bare, Radney Foster, and Jeff Tweedy, for a gritty, rambunctious take on an instant classic. The prison nightmare "11 Months and 29 Days" is transformed into a grinding, bluesy boogie by Dave Alvin, whose husky vocal strikes precisely the right degree of weariness with which to relate the details of the countdown in question. Paycheck's near-palpable guilt and remorse fueled his version of "I'm the Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised," but the foreboding ambiance of Hank Williams III's dark, spartan reading (with BR5-49's Don Herron on fiddle and mandolin) suggests more mayhem a-borning. His mountain voice at its expressive best, Jim Lauderdale does a beautiful job with the lilting love song, "I Want You to Know," and Paycheck's former boss, George Jones, offers up a warm treatment of another love testimonial, "She's All I Got." Neko Case ("If I'm Gonna Sink (I Might as Well Go to the Bottom)"), Marshall Crenshaw ("I'm Barely Hangin' On to Me"), and Mavis Staples (a magnificent gospel-tinged "Touch My Heart") do right by the borderline psychotic material in the canon. Would that Paycheck were here to enjoy this, because he would, and he deserved that much.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891108124
catalogNumber: 1081
Rank: 115483

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby Bare   Vocals
Gail Davies   Vocals,Background Vocals
George Jones   Vocals
Jim Lauderdale   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bill Lloyd   Acoustic Guitar
Buck Owens   Vocals
Dave Alvin   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Marshall Crenshaw   Vocals
Andy Gibson   Dobro
Lloyd Green   Pedal Steel Guitar
Phil Madeira   Hammond Organ
Johnny Bush   Vocals
Joe Terry   Piano
Radney Foster   Vocals
Larry Cordle   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
Duane Denison   Electric Guitar
Mike Ireland   Vocals
Russ Pahl   wah wah guitar
Hank Singer   Fiddle,Mandolin
Mavis Staples   Vocals
Jeff Tweedy   Vocals
Kenny Vaughan   Electric Guitar
Redd Volkaert   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Dallas Wayne   Vocals
Billy Yates   Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Robbie Fulks   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Neko Case   Vocals
Don Herron   Mandolin
Kami Lyle   Trumpet
Hank Williams   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Gerald Dowd   Drums
Bobby Bare   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joe Buck   Bass Fiddle
Chris Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar
Carey Kotsionis   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bobby Bare   Composer
David Allan Coe   Composer
Johnny Paycheck   Composer
Gary "U.S." Bonds   Composer
Jerry Williams   Composer
Aubrey Mayhew   Composer
Bill Rice   Composer
Bobby Austin   Composer
Bobby Borchers   Composer
Jerry Foster   Composer
Wayne Kemp   Composer
Mack Vickery   Composer
Robbie Fulks   Producer
King Williams   Engineer
Patrick Murphy   Engineer
Hank Williams   Producer
Jim Lightman   Engineer
Joe Poovey   Composer
Chris O'Donnell   Engineer
Larry Kingston   Composer
Fran Pelzman Liscio   Executive Producer

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