Wearing the Time

Wearing the Time

by Tom PaxtonTom Paxton


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Wearing the Time (1994) proved to be something of a comeback for Tom Paxton, or at least a return to form. Although he was putting out laudable CDs for kids in the early '90s, he hadn't delivered an adult-oriented set of songs since 1991. Thanks in part to the popularity of Nanci Griffith's 1993 homage to old folkys, Other Voices, Other Rooms, interest in '60s-era folk stars had reawakened among contemporary folk audiences. Paxton emerged from a self-admitted bout with depression in 1994 with this 12-song set on the Sugar Hill label. Produced in Nashville by Jim Rooney (who also produced Nanci Griffith) and sprinkled with admiring quotes from the leading lights of contemporary folk, Wearing the Time brims with mature songwriting. Paxton is settling into his golden years with grace and wit intact. A couple songs, notably "Along the Verdigris," revisit his home turf of Oklahoma, while others pay tribute to his wife, a lost love, and old timers from the folk scene and civil rights days. The title track deals matter-of-factly with getting older. A couple of topical songs make it onto the album: "When I Go to See My Son" dramatizes the pain of a broken home and "Johnny Got a Gun" deals with youths and gun violence. Paxton's lighter side emerges on the double-entendre-rich "Coffee in Bed" and a retread of his '60s classic "Bottle of Wine." Pretty much what you come to expect from a Tom Paxton album: rich songwriting, warm singing, and gentle playing.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/1994
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891104522
catalogNumber: 1045
Rank: 126637

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Paxton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Verlon Thompson   Vocal Harmony
Iris DeMent   Gut String Guitar
Mark Howard   Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Dave Francis   Vocal Harmony
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Kirk Johnson   Harmonica
Kenny Malone   Drums
Pat McInerney   Drums
Perkins   Dobro
Suzy Ragsdale   Vocal Harmony
Claire Louise Davidson   Vocal Harmony
Joey Misculin   Piano
Richard Bailey   Banjo

Technical Credits

Tom Paxton   Composer,Liner Notes
Eric Weissberg   Composer
Jim Rooney   Producer
Richard Adler   Engineer
Susan Graham-White   Composer
Robert Brünz   Art Direction

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