Randall - Walking Among The Living
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
until now, Jon Randall was most often recognized, and often over
shadowed, by the company he kept. His first critical acclaim
came when he shared in a Grammy as one of Emmylou Harris'
dynamic Nash Ramblers for the album At the Ryman. Later,
his splendid duet with Lorrie Morgan on "By My Side"
(from her To Get You album) was overshadowed by all the
drama surrounding their relationship but Randall wasn't deterred
and persevered. After a few other miscues, for no logical reason
if you look at the excellent body of work he has produced over
the years, he finally garnered his rightful place in the talent
spotlight (along side none other than the legendary Bill
Anderson) as the co-writer on the multiple award-winning hit for
Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss; "Whiskey Lullaby."
With his song writing talents aptly noted and finally
acknowledged, he applies his impressive tenor voice to the
fourteen songs (thirteen, of which he wrote or co-wrote) on the
just released Walking Among the Living; an album he
co-produced with George Massenburg.
love great vocal harmonies and there are several on this album.
Sonya Issacs' voice blends seamlessly with Randall's on
"North Carolina Moon" which was co-written by Ron
Stewart; Randall's father. (Yep, for all you trivia buffs,
Stewart is actually Jon Randall's real last name.) Patty
Loveless lends vocal support on the haunting chorus of "I
Shouldn't Do This" and the precision harmony delivered by
Alison Krauss on "My Southern Comfort" is true
was another of my favorite tracks. This up-tempo, toe tapper
with its witty lyrics and rockin' rhythm is skillfully conveyed
with the help of some excellent piano and harmonica but the best
song on the album may well be Randall's own emotional version of
"Whiskey Lullaby." As heartrending as the
Paisley/Krauss version is, Randall's version is even more
affecting with his eloquently soulful tenor delivery and the
plaintive string accompaniment.
is one of those albums that has something for everyone,
regardless of what genre of music you prefer. Randall
wonderfully conveys an enjoyable eclectic blend of country,
blues, bluegrass and a little rock 'n roll to show the world,
once and for all, the spotlight is right where it should be ...
The CD Now!
Randall - Walking Among The Living song list:
1. Baby Won't You Come Home
2. In the Country
3. North Carolina Moon
4. Somebody Else
5. Long Way Down
6. Whiskey Lullaby
8. I Shouldn't Do This
9. Reprise for Somebody Else
10. Coming Back for More
11. Lonely for Awhile
12. Walking Among the Living
13. No Southern Comfort
14. My Life
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