Upfront & Down Low

Upfront & Down Low

by Teddy ThompsonTeddy Thompson


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Given Teddy Thompson's talent as a songwriter and the cool, intelligent folk-rock leanings of his first two albums, he would hardly seem like a likely candidate to record an album of covers, especially one devoted to interpretations of old-school country classics made famous by the likes of George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard. But that's just what Thompson has done with his third album, Upfront & Down Low, and while the arrangements occasionally refer to the honky tonk roots of these songs, for the most part Thompson strives to give these tunes a fresh interpretation, and the secret theme of this album seems to be one songwriter paying homage to gifted colleagues in his field. Thompson's voice is essentially devoid of any southern twang, and his phrasing owes little clear allegiance to traditional country styles, but he clearly understands the emotional weight of the songs on this album, and his performances allows these classic tunes to be heard by fresh ears in a new context. While you can't take "She Thinks I Still Care" away from George Jones, and Ernest Tubb will always be linked to "Walking the Floor Over You," Thompson's renditions cast them in a new light, and his clear, unforced but emotionally resonant performances offer a striking reminder of how strong and timeless they really are, and the other songs fare every bit as well (and he contributes one new song, "Down Low," that shows his chops as a tunesmith are still in fine shape). Thompson has assembled a superb band for these sessions (including his father Richard Thompson on guitar, as well as Marc Ribot, Greg Leisz and David Mansfield), and Iris DeMent, Tift Merritt and Jenni Muldaur contribute excellent vocal support. But what makes Upfront & Down Low most effective is Thompson's excellent choices in material, and while this doesn't dig especially deep into the catalog of great Nashville songwriting, the 11 vintage numbers included here show how easy it is to find superb material in this context, and how striking they can be in the hands of a gifted interpreter.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2007
Label: Verve Forecast
UPC: 0602517329997
catalogNumber: 000890802
Rank: 234138

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teddy Thompson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Iris DeMent   Piano,Vocals
Richard Thompson   Guitar
Marc Ribot   Guitar
Dinah Beamish   Cello
Sally Herbert   Violin
Julia Kent   Cello
Greg Leisz   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
David Mansfield   Dobro,Mandolin,Viola
Jenni Muldaur   Vocals
Lorenza Ponce   Violin
Tony Scherr   Guitar
Jim Campilongo   Guitar
Christopher Cardona   Viola
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Brian Fulk   Vocals
Glenn Patscha   Keyboards
Julia Singleton   Violin
Claire Orsler   Viola
Brad Albetta   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Dan Reiser   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Tift Merritt   Vocals
Jason Crosby   Piano
Anja Wood   Cello
Jeff Alan Hill   Bass
Glen Patscha   Keyboards
Dan Reiser   Drums

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Composer
Casey Anderson   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Stan Kesler   Composer
Robert Kirby   String Arrangements
Barrie Maguire   overdub engineer
John Bailes   Composer
Rufus Wainwright   String Arrangements
Liz Anderson   Composer
Homer Bailes   Composer
Zeke Clements   Composer
Brian Fulk   Engineer
Gary Waldman   Management
Dickey Lee Lipscomb   Composer
Cameron McBride   overdub engineer
Chris Chapman   overdub engineer
Teddy Thompson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jason Marcucci   overdub engineer
George Winters   Composer

Customer Reviews

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