by Jon RandallJon Randall


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Duncanville, TX, native Jon Randall has paid his music-biz dues, performing with Emmylou Harris & the Nash Ramblers, as well as touring with the likes of Vince Gill, the Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson, and the Sam Bush Band. All that work on behalf of others has paid a major dividend for Randall as well. Willin', his second album (the second one to be released, anyway -- another album sits in a closet at RCA Nashville, unreleased), is a dazzling collection of tunes. Randall's principle influences are bluegrass and country. When combined, the resulting vibe is a tasty bit of eclecticism that probably fits as readily into the Americana category as it does in country. Much in-demand as a backing vocalist, it's no surprise that Randall's singing is exceptional. His voice conveys a wealth of emotional depth, but then, the material on this album conjures Randall's intense vocal performances, so, as is so often the case, great songwriting is the bottom line. From the graceful "Sweet Loretta" to the growl of "Walk the Line" to the loping country backbeat of "Mountain of Regret" to the expansive heart of "Breakin' the Rules" and the breathtaking ballad "Afraid of the Dark," this album has a cumulative effect that's more penetrating than any single track. No matter how you break this down, Willin' is a superior piece of work.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
UPC: 0663292502029
catalogNumber: 25020
Rank: 164151

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jon Randall   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Sam Bush   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Lorrie Morgan   Vocal Harmony
Larry Atamanuik   Drums
Steve Conn   Accordion,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
John Cowan   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Tim O'Brien   Vocal Harmony
Perkins   Lap Steel Guitar
Dave Pomeroy   Bass
Kim Richey   Vocal Harmony
Randy Stewart   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Harry Stinson   Percussion,Drums,Vocal Harmony
Brent Truitt   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocal Harmony,Papoose
Kenny Vaughan   Electric Guitar
Scott Vestal   Banjo
Richard McLaurin   Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Shaker
Tom Britt   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Monty Hitchcock   Tambourine

Technical Credits

Kurt Storey   Engineer
Brent Truitt   Producer,Engineer
Jon Randall   Producer,Engineer
Kimberly Levitan   Art Direction

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Willin' 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dj49 More than 1 year ago
I have all three of Jon Randall's CDs and never get tired of hearing them. He also recorded two others that were never released for unknown reasons. What a waste of talent. I don't understand why he isn't a country music star.