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2007
| BS 143
$6.49

Just One More: A Musical Tribute to Larry Brown

A collection inspired by the works of the remarkable author Larry Brown.

 

The simple concept of this disc was to put together a mix tape of sorts, the type of thing that Larry would have enjoyed listening to as he drove his little truck into the gloam’ with a cooler full of beer

Full Description

Renowned author Larry Brown’s business card listed his occupation as “Human Being”. Like many other professional human beings, Larry loved music. He felt music and it showed in his writing. As he moved through the world, Larry got to know a lot of musicians, and a lot of musicians got to know Larry, either personally or through his work.

It is a testament to his writing, and his life, that so many came together so quickly for this album, that so many were moved to write material based on, or inspired by, Larry's writing.

While painfully obvious, we would be remiss if we didn't COMMAND you to read his books and stories. Start with "Fay," "Miracle of Catfish" and keep going...

Just A Few More, A Musical Tribute to Larry Brown is a compilation of tunes by artists who were his friends, fans and peers. With 18 tracks, the album has contributions from a wide range of critically acclaimed artists, among them Alejandro Escovedo  (whom Larry performed with periodically), T-Model Ford, Vic Chesnutt, Jim DickinsonBen Weaver, Robert Earl Keen, Pieta Brown, Cary Hudson (Blue Mountain), Brent Best (Slobberbone, The Drams) and the North Mississippi Allstars, to name a few. Some of these songs were written for the project, songs for Larry and about his characters, such as Caroline Herring’s “Song For Fay”, exploring the title character of Fay. The album closes with a song performed by Larry himself, accompanied by Clyde Edgerton, another Southern novelist of great renown---and it's a hoot--funny but with a melancholy that won't let you off easily.

From the liner notes: “The simple concept of this disc was to put together a mix tape of sorts, the type of thing that Larry would have enjoyed listening to as he drove his little truck into the gloam’ with a cooler full of beer and an ass pocket of something that burns a little bit on the way down,” explains producer Tim Lee. “I knew him and I admired his work, and you didn’t have to know Larry well to have a keen awareness of his love of music,” he says.

Mary Annie Brown, Larry’s wife concurs, saying, “Larry absolutely loved music. I think he wished sometimes that he had the talent to do music for a living. He always played his guitar every night. If he had to skip playing, he would always say he felt like the day was wasted.”

Short Description
  • For Brown fans one of the joys his stuff has always provided is the music that percolates through his books--his characters always seemed to be rummaging around on the floorboards of some pickup truck, looking for the perfect thing to pop into a tape deck..[This CD] is a good thing to have with you, out riding in the gloam.

    — New York Times
  • From the artists gathered here on this tribute record, it tells me that Larry Brown didn’t just love music, he loved great music.

    — Cashbox
  • What connects these artists? Mimimalism. A sense of place. A cyclone heart. Just like Brown. And not since John Fante (the inspiration behind Sheryl Crow's "All I Want to Do") and Charles Bukowski has an American novelist made such an impact on the music community.

    — Chicago Sun Times
  • ...all of them have built their styles around telling personal, character-driven stories of hope and despair, set to the tune of the American roots. Indeed, some selections sound as if they could have been culled from The Harry Smith Project

    — Econoculture
  • But mostly, this album is driving music. Sometimes you have the top down. Sometimes you're tearing down a narrow strip of two-lane road at an unsafe speed. Sometimes you're cruising down even darker territory at night. The means don't matter. There may be more Southern surrealism than sentimentality on Just One More, but Brown's spirit is always behind the wheel.

    — Lexington Herald Leader
  • Usually, when a great author dies, thousands of words are offered up in tribute.  That’s fine, but it’s even better when his friends, admirers and peers create a tribute album in his honor.

    — Daily Journal
  • There have been tribute records for truck drivers and marijuana, literary figures, and recreations of complete albums. But with its easygoing nature, Just One More is one of the best of its kind to come out in a long time.

    — Austin Chronicle
  • What connects these artists? Mimimalism. A sense of place. A cyclone heart. Just like Brown. And not since John Fante (the inspiration behind Sheryl Crow's "All I Want to Do") and Charles Bukowski has an American novelist made such an impact on the music community.

    — Chicago Sun-Times
  • ...all of them have built their styles around telling personal, character-driven stories of hope and despair, set to the tune of the American roots. Indeed, some selections sound as if they could have been culled from The Harry Smith Project

    — Econoculture
  • But mostly, this album is driving music. Sometimes you have the top down. Sometimes you're tearing down a narrow strip of two-lane road at an unsafe speed. Sometimes you're cruising down even darker territory at night. But Brown's spirit is always behind the wheel.

    — Lexington Herald Leader
  • Music percolates through his books--his characters always seemed to be rummaging around on the floorboards of some pickup truck, looking for the perfect thing to pop into a tape deck..[This CD] is a good thing to have with you, out riding in the gloam.

    — New York Times
  • From the artists gathered here on this tribute record, it tells me that Larry Brown didn’t just love music, he loved great music.

    — Cashbox

Track List

  • 1. Blue Car (Greg Brown)
  • 2. Forget You (Bo Ramsey)
  • 3. Song in C (Cary Hudson)
  • 4. Song for Fay (Caroline Herring)
  • 5. Baby's Got New Plans (Alejandro Escovedo)
  • 6. Thirsty Fingers (Scott Miller & the Commonwealth)
  • 7. Robert Cole (Brent Best)
  • 8. Another Place in Time (Pieta Brown)
  • 9. Love Me (T-Model Ford)
  • 10. Counting on You (Robert Earl Keen)
  • 11. Here's to My Disgrace (Ben Weaver)
  • 12. Mountain in Mississippi (Tate Moore)
  • 13. The Bridge (Tim Lee & Susan Bauer Lee)
  • 14. Going Down with Larry Brown (Madison Smartt Bell & Wyn Cooper)
  • 15. Fish (Vic Chesnutt)
  • 16. Glory (North Mississippi Allstars w/ Otha Turner & the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band)
  • 17. I'll Remember You (Jim Dickinson & Duff Dorrough)
  • 18. Don't Let the Door (Larry Brown w/Clyde Edgerton)

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