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Spinning Around the Sun


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  • Personnel: Jimmie Dale Gilmore (vocals, acoustic guitar); Lucinda Williams (vocals); Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Richard Bennett, Gary Nicholson, James Burton, Steve Gibson, Chris Leuzinger (guitar); Stuart Duncan, Glen Duncan (fiddle, mandolin); Al Perkins (dobro); Paul Franklin, Kayton Roberts, Sonny Garrish, Steve Fishell (steel guitar); Glen D. Hardin (piano, keyboards); Pete Wasner (keyboards); Emory Gordy Jr. (bass); Harry Stinson (drums, background vocals); Wes Starr (drums); Joe Ely, Carmella Ramsey (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Woodland Digital and Groundstar Laboratories, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • From the riveting opening of "Where You Going," the listener is acutely aware that SPINNING AROUND THE SUN is a unique recording experience...and that's before Jimmie Dale's initial vocal appearence! This Austin singer/songwriter has an impossibly plaintive cry, complete with a thick Texas twang. Sounding and writing like a cross between Townes Van Zandt and Willie Nelson, Gilmore comes through as a pure original. There's a bluesy edge to his progressive country/folk sound which is reminiscent of Lucinda Williams, who actually shares duet duties on "Reunion."
  • Jimmie Dale's originals are consistently interesting and accessible. Though the instrumentation is modern, there is an undeniable bow to traditional country. The steel guitar-laden "So I'll Run," for instance, embraces many musical styles, but this soaring mid-tempo ballad flies straight out of Nashville. Gilmore's mournful rendition of Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" seems even better than the original, if that can be possible. Country fashions aside, the album also features blistering guitar-work that hints at an understanding of the rock & roll sensibility.
  • Produced by one of the most finely-tuned of Nasville's music men, Emory Gordy, Jr., SPINNING AROUND THE SUN is trim and focused, which seems to be the perfect way to showcase a singular talent like Jimmie Dale Gilmore.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/14/93, p.114) - Good Plus - "...SPINNING AROUND THE SUN certainly boasts the instrumental trappings of classic country, the virtuoso sheen of its steel guitars and string-band adornments doesn't prevent Gilmore from continuing to define his own musical turf...."

Spin (9/93, p.116) - Highly Recommended - "...SPINNING AROUND THE SUN is the album Jimmie Dale Gilmore was born to record....Gilmore's thin, supple voice is as distinctive as Hank Williams', George Jones' or Roy Orbison's; his singing carries, and transforms everything he performs..."

Entertainment Weekly (8/20/93, p.63) - "...Nobody does lonesome better than Gilmore, whose wide-open yearning is utterly devoid of Nashville sentiment..." - Rating: A-

Village Voice (3/1/94, p.5) - Ranked #7 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
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