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Richard Dobson: Mankind [Blister]

Track List

>Baby Ride Easy
>Living and Dying for Love
>Blackberry Blossom [Instrumental]
>Blue in Susie's Eyes, The
>That's Right
>Old Friends
>Down in Lafayette
>Next Year Better
>Piece of Wood & Steel
>'63 Mercury
>Useful Girl Who Could Sew, A
>Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith
>Money Talks
>Never Say Never

Album Notes

Personnel: Richard Dobson, Mark "Sergio" Webb (guitar, vocals), Susie Monick (banjo, mandolin, accordion, vocals).

Recorded at Pedernales Studio, Austin, Texas in June 1993.

Personnel: Richard Dobson (vocals, guitar); Mark Webb (vocals, guitar); Susie Monick (vocals, banjo, mandolin).

Liner Note Author: Susanne Loacker.

Illustrators: John Lomax III; Didi Sterling; Johannis Bodingius; Edith Dobson.

Photographers: Alan Mayor; John Lomax III; Didi Sterling; Jo Ann Moore; Johannis Bodingius; Edith Dobson.

Richard J. Dobson is known as a songwriter, covered by the likes of Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, and David Allan Coe, a pretty good indication of the kind of flinty, literary Texas country he makes. He cut Mankind in 1994, releasing it on a small American label, so the 2015 Bear Family set Mankind Plus, which has two bonus tracks, represents a revival of a record that functions something like a songbook and summary. Many, but not all, of his key songs are here -- including "Baby Ride Easy," popularized in a duet by Dave Edmunds and Carlene Carter about 12 years earlier -- and they're given simple but not spare arrangements that keep the focus on Dobson's expert craft and wry, dry delivery. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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