Maria Muldaur is an American folk and blues singer, part of the American folk music revival in the early 1960s. She recorded the 1973 hit song "Midnight at the Oasis" and continues to record albums in the folk traditions, she is the mother of singer-songwriter Jenni Muldaur. Muldaur was born Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D'Amato in Greenwich Village, New York City, where she attended Hunter College High School. Muldaur began her career in the early 1960s as Maria D'Amato, performing with John Sebastian, David Grisman, Stefan Grossman as a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band, she joined Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band as a featured vocalist and occasional violinist. During this time, she was part of the Greenwich Village scene that included Bob Dylan, some of her recollections of the period with respect to Dylan, appear in Martin Scorsese's 2005 documentary film No Direction Home, she married fellow Jug Band member Geoff Muldaur, after the Kweskin group broke up, the two of them produced two albums. She began her solo career, but retained her married name.
Her first solo album, Maria Muldaur, released in 1973, contained her hit single "Midnight at the Oasis", which reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974. It peaked at number 21 in the UK Singles Chart; that year, she released her second album, Waitress in a Donut Shop. This included a re-recording of "I'm a Woman", the Leiber and Stoller number first associated with Peggy Lee and a standout feature from her Jug Band days; the title of this album is taken from a line in another song on the album, "Sweetheart", by Ken Burgan. Around this time, Muldaur established a relationship with the Grateful Dead. Opening for some Grateful Dead shows in the summer of 1974, with John Kahn, bassist of the Jerry Garcia Band earned her a seat in that group as a backing vocalist in the late 1970s. Around the same time Muldaur met and collaborated with bluegrass icon Peter Rowan; the two became close, she was chosen to be the godmother of his daughter Amanda Rowan. She appeared on Super Jam, the live recording of the German TV series Villa Fantastica, with Brian Auger on piano, Pete York on drums, Dick Morrissey on tenor saxophone, Roy Williams on trombone, Harvey Weston on bass and Zoot Money on vocals.
Muldaur continued to perform and record after her success in the mid-1970s, including a turn at the Teatro ZinZanni in 2001. Her 2005 release Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul was nominated for both a Blues Music Award and a Grammy Award in the Traditional Blues category. In 2013, she was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Koko Taylor Award category; the Even Dozen Jug Band Jug Band Music See Reverse Side for Title Garden of Joy The Best of Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band Pottery Pie Sweet Potatoes Maria Muldaur Waitress in a Donut Shop Sweet Harmony Southern Winds Open Your Eyes Gospel Nights There Is a Love Sweet and Slow Transblucency Live in London Louisiana Love Call Maria Muldaur and Friends: On the Sunny Side Meet Me at Midnite Jazzabelle Fanning the Flames Southland of the Heart Swingin' in the Rain Meet Me Where They Play the Blues Maria Muldaur's Music for Lovers Richland Woman Blues Animal Crackers in My Soup A Woman Alone with the Blues Classic Live! I'm a Woman: 30 Years of Maria Muldaur Sisters & Brothers Love Wants to Dance Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul Heart of Mine: Maria Muldaur Sings Love Songs of Bob Dylan Songs for the Young at Heart Naughty, Bawdy & Blue Live in Concert
Robin Leonard Trower is an English rock guitarist and vocalist who achieved success with Procol Harum during the 1960s, again as the bandleader of his own power trio known as Robin Trower. Robin Trower was born in Catford, but grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. In 1962, he formed a group that became The Paramounts including Westcliff High School pupil Gary Brooker; the Paramounts disbanded in 1966 to pursue individual projects. During this time, Trower created. Trower joined Brooker's new band Procol Harum following the success of their debut single "A Whiter Shade of Pale" in 1967, remaining with them until 1971 and appearing on the group's first five albums. Before launching his eponymous band, he joined singer Frankie Miller, ex-Stone the Crows bassist/singer James Dewar, former Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker to form the short-lived combo Jude; this outfit soon split up. Trower retained Dewar as his bassist, who took on lead vocals as well, recruited drummer Reg Isidore to form the Robin Trower Band in 1973.
Trower's most famous album is Bridge of Sighs. This album, along with his first and third solo albums, was produced by his former Procol Harum bandmate, organist Matthew Fisher. Despite differences, Trower's early power trio work. Trower is an influential guitarist who has inspired other guitar legends such as Robert Fripp, who praised him for his bends and the quality of his sounds, took lessons from him. In the early 1980s, Trower teamed up with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce and his previous drummers Lordan and Isidore, for two albums, BLT and Truce. After those albums, he released another album with James Dewar on vocals titled Back It Up in 1983. Robin Trower was dropped from Chrysalis Records afterwards. Trower was a part of the Night of the Guitars II European tour in 1991, organised by Sting and The Police manager Miles Copeland; the tour featured Ronnie Montrose, Rick Derringer, Saga's Ian Crichton, Dave Sharman, Jan Akkerman and Laurie Wisefield. Thirteen albums Trower's album, Living Out of Time, featured the return of veteran bandmates Dave Bronze on bass, vocalist Davey Pattison and Pete Thompson on drums—the same line-up as the mid-1980s albums Passion and Take What You Need.
With the same bandmates, Trower gave a concert on his 60th birthday in Germany. The concert was recorded by the German television channel WDR, it was released on DVD and subsequently on CD throughout Europe and the US under the title Living Out of Time: Live. Trower toured the United States and Canada in the summer and autumn of 2006. In 2007, Trower released a third recording with Jack Bruce, Seven Moons, featuring Gary Husband on drums. A 2008 world tour began in Ft. Pierce, Florida on 16 January 2008. Joining Davey Pattison and Pete Thompson was Glenn Letsch playing bass. European dates began in April; the show of 29 March 2008 at the Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan was released as a double album on V12 Records. Trower has described James Brown as his "big hero" Brown's early work "where blues is crossing over into rock and roll". In 2016, he enjoyed a successful tour of the USA. On 20 March 2018, Robin Trower played a show at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland.
Ten minutes after playing back to back songs "Day of The Eagle" and "Bridge of Sighs", he announced on his microphone that he wasn't feeling well, handed his guitar to a stage crew, walked backstage and collapsed. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. During a tour with Jethro Tull, Robin Trower arrived early for a sound check and found Martin Barre's Fender Stratocaster propped up against an amplifier. Trower picked up the guitar, plugged it in, with a shout which resounded around the auditorium he yelled, "This is it!". "I switched to Strat" he says. "Up to I had been playing Les Pauls." Since Trower has been an ongoing proponent of the Fender Stratocaster. He uses his custom-built Strat which comes in black, arctic white and midnight wine burst; the guitar is equipped with a 1950s reissue pick-up in the neck position, a 1960s reissue in the middle position, a Texas Special at the bridge. Other features included a custom C-shaped maple neck featuring a large headstock with a Bullet truss-rod system, locking machine heads and a maple fingerboard with narrow-spaced abalone dot position inlays and 21 frets.
The Strats he plays live are an exact model of his signature guitar, unmodified. For his first two albums, his guitar was tuned in Standard Tuning EADGBE. Starting from the third album, he detuned the strings a semitone to an Eb Tuning, it is reported that during live performances, his guitar is tuned a full step down to a DGCFAD tuning. Trower uses between three 100-watt Marshall heads with four to six cabinets on stage. While he uses two JCM 800s and a JCM 900, he links 100-watt Marshall Plexi heads. In studio sessions, Trower uses a mix of amplifiers, such as a Fender Blues Junior and Cornell Plexi Amplifers models to acquire different tonality. Trower has been using Marshall Vintage Modern 2466 heads live, he has been using Fulltone pedals and effects. He favours the OCD, Distortion Pro, Fat Boost, CLYDE Deluxe Wah, Deja Vibe 2, Soul-Bender, a BOSS Chromatic Tuner, he runs his Deja Vibe into his distortion pedal to get his
John Douglas "Rabbit" Bundrick is an American rock keyboardist and organist. He is best known for his work with the Who and associations with others including Eric Burdon, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Roger Waters and Crawler. Bundrick is noted as the principal musician for the cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the mid-1970s, he was a member of the short-lived group Mallard, formed by ex-members of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, he is known as a composer and has recorded solo albums. He was a member of the Texas group, who had a hit single in 1969 entitled "Wonderful". In 1971, Bundrick recorded and wrote five tracks for the album Kossoff Kirke Tetsu Rabbit with guitarist Paul Kossoff, drummer Simon Kirke and bassist Tetsu Yamauchi. Bundrick recorded with Texan vocalist Johnny Nash. Bundrick played on Nash's hit single and album "I Can See Clearly Now", he met Bob Marley while in Sweden, while working on the soundtrack to the Swedish film Vill så gärna tro. Marley and Johnny Nash became roommates there during the stay.
Sometime after their return to London, Bundrick was brought in to collaborate on arrangements for Marley's Catch a Fire album, adding keyboards to the original Jamaican recordings to make the record more accessible to listeners. Around this time, Bundrick worked with Chris Blackwell of Island Records, appearing on recordings by the company. In 1972 the members of Free reformed joined by Bundrick on keyboards, they recorded Free's final album Heartbreaker, which included "Muddy Water" and "Common Mortal Man" by Bundrick, credited for collaborations on two other tracks. After a brief tour period of touring Free broke up. Bundrick first worked with Pete Townshend in 1977 when he performed on Rough Mix, Townshend's solo collaboration with Ronnie Lane, former bass player for Small Faces and Faces, he was invited to play on the Who's album Who Are You, but broke his arm falling out of a taxi at the studio door and was unable to participate in recording sessions. Bundrick toured with The Who from 1979 to 1981 along with drummer Kenney Jones and played on their album Face Dances briefly parted with the band during the recording of It's Hard and the subsequent tour.
Bundrick rejoined the band performing with them at Live Aid in 1985 and played live with them until 2012. Bundrick played on the Who's single "Real Good Looking Boy" and "Old Red Wine" in 2004, on their album Endless Wire and joined the band for The Who Tour 2006–2007, appearing in the summer and fall concerts, he missed the start of the second leg of the North American tour due to the illness of his wife Sue. Townshend said at the time that Sue was "very close to the end, will be back with us when she's gone". In the spring of 2008, Bundrick married Canadian Jody Ahern. On July 12, 2008, he performed at the recording of VH1 Honors The in Los Angeles, he worked with English alternative folk band Small Engine Repair and has played on their track "This Whole Setup Is A Lie". In December 2009, it was announced. Bundrick performed with the Who for their Super Bowl XLIV halftime show in 2010, he was replaced in the subsequent tours. Pete Townshend has commented that there ".. was an issue between Roger Daltrey and Rabbit."
Elkie Brooks is an English singer, a vocalist with the bands Dada and Vinegar Joe, a solo artist. She gained her biggest success in the late 1970s and 1980s and has been nominated twice for Brit Awards, she is known for her powerful husky bluesy voice and her 13 Top 75 singles such as "Pearl's a Singer", "Lilac Wine", "Don't Cry Out Loud", "Fool", "No More the Fool". Between her first chart album in 1977 and 1997 Brooks became the UK Female Artist with the Most Top 75 Chart Albums, she is referred to as the "British Queen of Blues". Her 1981 "Pearls" album became the Biggest Selling album by a UK female artist in the history of the charts at that point. Brooks was born Elaine Bookbinder in Broughton, the daughter of Marjorie Violet "Vi" and Kalmon Charles "Charlie" Bookbinder, she was raised in Prestwich. She attended North Salford Secondary Modern School, her older brother is Anthony Bookbinder, who went by the stage name of Tony Mansfield, was drummer for Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas, on their run of 1960s hit records.
According to Brooks, her unofficial debut was a gig at a club called the "Laronde" on Cheetham Hill Road, when she was 13 years old. She first sang professionally at the age of 15, her first record, a cover of Etta James's "Something's Got a Hold on Me", was released on Decca in 1964. Brooks spent most of the 1960s on Britain's cabaret scene, a period of her life that she did not enjoy. In the mid 1960s she supported the Beatles in their Christmas show in London as an established act, helped the Small Faces in their early career by introducing them at several venues, she went on to tour the United States with several bands, including the Animals. She toured the communist Poland with Jon Lord's Artwoods. After she met Pete Gage, whom she would marry, she joined the short-lived blues rock fusioneers Dada before forming Vinegar Joe with Gage and Robert Palmer. Brooks gained roll due to her wild stage performances. After three albums, they split up in 1974, Brooks and Palmer pursued separate solo careers.
After a time as backing singer with the American southern boogie band Wet Willie, she returned to England. Her first solo album on A&M records was Rich Man's Woman, it was released to critical acclaim, but Brooks was given a hard time because of the album's cover shot of a naked Brooks with a feather boa, considered outrageous for the time. It came before a run of 16 albums in 20 years, starting with Two Days Away, produced by the songwriting duo Leiber & Stoller, who had worked with Elvis Presley and many others. Brooks wrote some tracks with them; the hits "Pearl's a Singer" and "Sunshine After the Rain" came from this album. That same year, Brooks duetted with Cat Stevens in the song, "Remember the Days of the Old Schoolyard"; the albums Shooting Star and Live and Learn saw success along with the singles "Lilac Wine" and "Don't Cry Out Loud". Her polished, powerful cover of Gallagher and Lyle's "The Runaway", saw the Scottish singer-songwriters appear with Brooks on TOTP's to provide backing vocals.
In 1980, Brooks performed at the Knebworth Festival with the Beach Boys and Mike Oldfield. The Pearls album released in 1981 achieved the biggest success of her career, charting for 79 weeks and reaching No 2, the album was still in the charts one year when Pearls ll reached No 5 and spent 26 weeks on the UK charts; the Gus Dudgeon produced "Fool If You Think It's Over" was a major hit single for Brooks, written by Chris Rea. Other charts singles followed with "Our Love" "Nights In White Satin" & Gasoline Alley all produced by Gus Dudgeon. Minutes and Screen Gems, were both all UK album chart hits in the same year. In 1986, she sang the title song for the BBC television series "A Very Peculiar Practice"; the song, written by Dave Greenslade, was never released as a commercial recording. In early 1987, the song "No More the Fool" reached the top five and became her biggest hit single to date with the parent album reaching the top five; this led to her achieving another career peak, as she had two albums in the Top Ten and a single in the Top Ten all on the same week.
Following chart success ensued with the albums The Very Best of Elkie Brooks, Bookbinder's Kid, Round Midnight, Nothin' but the Blues and The Very Best of Elkie Brooks. In March 2003, she participated in the ITV music talent show Reborn in the USA, alongside musicians such as Peter Cox, Tony Hadley and Leee John. In 2003 she issued a CD, Trouble in Mind, with the acclaimed Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band, which included Bad Penny Blues with added lyrics; the Electric Lady album saw a return to her blues and rock roots, featuring self-penned tracks alongside re-workings of numbers by the Doors, Bob Dylan, Paul Rodgers and Tony Joe White. The following year saw the release of her first official DVD, Elkie Brooks & Friends: Pearls, featuring an array of guest musicians. Brooks' twentieth studio album, was released in 2010, featuring songs such as Prince's "Purple Rain" and Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love", she continues to perform live throughout the Ireland. In 2012, Brooks released her autobiography Finding My Voice, published by The Robson Press.
In it she details her life and career, focusing on her love of performing live and the downsides of the recording business, which has left her financially no better off. In July 2017 after signing to Virgin EMI she issued a new CD Elkie Brooks: Pearls The Very Best Of, which charted at No 14 and included two new singles: "Love Ain't
Atlantic Recording Corporation is an American record label founded in October 1947 by Ahmet Ertegün and Herb Abramson. Over its first 20 years of operation, Atlantic earned a reputation as one of the most important American labels, specializing in jazz, R&B, soul by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and Dave, Ruth Brown and Otis Redding, its position was improved by its distribution deal with Stax. In 1967, Atlantic became a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, expanded into rock and pop music with releases by Led Zeppelin and Yes. In 2004, Atlantic and its sister label. Craig Kallman is the chairman of Atlantic. Ahmet Ertegün served as founding chairman until his death on December 14, 2006, at age 83. In 1944, brothers Nesuhi and Ahmet Ertegun remained in the United States when their mother and sister returned to Turkey after the death of their father Munir Ertegun, Turkey's first ambassador to the U. S; the brothers were fans of jazz and rhythm & blues, amassing a collection of over 15,000 78 RPM records.
Ahmet ostensibly stayed in Washington to undertake post-graduate music studies at Georgetown University but immersed himself in the Washington music scene and entered the record business, enjoying a resurgence after wartime restrictions on the shellac used in manufacture. He convinced the family dentist, Dr. Vahdi Sabit, to invest $10,000 and hired Herb Abramson, a dentistry student. Abramson had worked as a part-time A&R manager/producer for the jazz label National Records, signing Big Joe Turner and Billy Eckstine, he had no interest in its most successful musicians. In September 1947, he sold his share in Jubilee to his partner, Jerry Blaine, invested $2,500 in Atlantic. Atlantic was run by Abramson and Ertegun. Abramson's wife Miriam ran the label's publishing company, Progressive Music, did most office duties until 1949 when Atlantic hired its first employee, bookkeeper Francine Wakschal, who remained with the label for the next 49 years. Miriam gained a reputation for toughness. Staff engineer Tom Dowd recalled, "Tokyo Rose was the kindest name some people had for her" and Doc Pomus described her as "an extraordinarily vitriolic woman".
When interviewed in 2009, she attributed her reputation to the company's chronic cash-flow shortage: "... most of the problems we had with artists were that they wanted advances, and, difficult for us... we were undercapitalized for a long time." The label's office in the Ritz Hotel in Manhattan proved too expensive, so they moved to a room in the Hotel Jefferson. In the early fifties, Atlantic moved from the Hotel Jefferson to offices at 301 West 54th St and to 356 West 56th St. Atlantic's first recordings were issued in late January 1948 and included "That Old Black Magic" by Tiny Grimes and "The Spider" by Joe Morris. In its early years, Atlantic concentrated on modern jazz although it released some country and western and spoken word recordings. Abramson produced "Magic Records", children's records with four grooves on each side, each groove containing a different story, so the story played would be determined by the groove in which the stylus happened to land. In late 1947, James Petrillo, head of the American Federation of Musicians, announced an indefinite ban on all recording activities by union musicians, this came into effect on January 1, 1948.
The union action forced Atlantic to use all its capital to cut and stockpile enough recordings to last through the ban, expected to continue for at least a year. Ertegun and Abramson spent much of the late 1940s and early 1950s scouring nightclubs in search of talent. Ertegun composed songs under the alias "A. Nugetre", including Big Joe Turner's hit "Chains of Love", recording them in booths in Times Square giving them to an arranger or session musician. Early releases included music by Sidney Bechet, Barney Bigard, The Cardinals, The Clovers, Frank Culley, The Delta Rhythm Boys, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Tiny Grimes, Al Hibbler, Earl Hines, Johnny Hodges, Jackie & Roy, Lead Belly, Meade Lux Lewis, Professor Longhair, Shelly Manne, Howard McGhee, Mabel Mercer, James Moody, Joe Morris, Art Pepper, Django Reinhardt, Pete Rugolo, Pee Wee Russell, Bobby Short, Sylvia Syms, Billy Taylor, Sonny Terry, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Yancey, Sarah Vaughan, Mal Waldron, Mary Lou Williams. In early 1949, a New Orleans distributor phoned Ertegun to obtain Stick McGhee's "Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee", unavailable due to the closing of McGhee's previous label.
Ertegun knew Stick's younger brother Brownie McGhee, with whom Stick happened to be staying, so he contacted the McGhee brothers and re-recorded the song. When released in February 1949, it became Atlantic's first hit, selling 400,000 copies, reached No. 2 after spending six months on the Billboard R&B chart – although McGhee himself earned just $10 for the session. Atlantic's fortunes rose rapidly: recorded 187 songs were recorded in 1949, more than three times the amount from the previous two years, received overtures for a manufacturing and distribution deal with Columbia, which would pay Atlantic a 3% royalty on every copy sold. Ertegun asked about artists' royalties, which he paid, this surprised Columbia executives, who did not, the deal was scuttled. On the recommendation of broadcaster Willis Conover and Abramson visited Ruth Brown at the Crystal Caverns club in Washington and invited her to audition for Atlantic, she was injured in a car accident en route to New York City, but Atlantic supported her for nine months and signed her.
Kathleen Alice Mattea is an American country music and bluegrass singer. Active since 1984 as a recording artist, she has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including four that reached No. 1: "Goin' Gone", "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses", "Come from the Heart", "Burnin' Old Memories", plus twelve more that charted within the top ten. She has released fourteen studio albums, two Christmas albums, one greatest hits album. Most of her material was recorded for Universal Music Group Nashville's Mercury Records Nashville division between 1984 and 2000, with albums being issued on Narada Productions, her own Captain Potato label, Sugar Hill Records. Among her albums, she has received five gold certifications and one platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, she has collaborated with Dolly Parton, Michael McDonald, Tim O'Brien, her husband, Jon Vezner. Mattea is a two-time Grammy Award winner: in 1990 for "Where've You Been", in 1993 for her Christmas album Good News.
Her style is defined by traditional country, bluegrass and Celtic music influences. Mattea was born in South Charleston, West Virginia, as the only daughter of three children, grew up in Cross Lanes, her father worked in a chemical plant and her mother was a homemaker. She sang in her parents' church as a child, in high school she performed at school shows and family gatherings. In 1976, while attending West Virginia University, she joined a bluegrass band, two years dropped out of school to move to Nashville. During this time, Mattea listened to folk and bluegrass, which she would say "formed roots" as an artist, she worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame, as a secretary and a waitress, in order to support herself while working as a demo singer. Songwriter and record producer Byron Hill discovered her and helped her sign to Mercury Records in 1983. Mattea's self-titled debut came out with Hill and Rick Peoples as the album's producers. Mattea noted that "there were no budgets" when she was recording the album, as she was unable to afford a $75 makeup session, the front cover featured her wearing a jacket which she had purchased at Kmart.
So, four of its singles made the Hot Country Songs charts, starting with "Street Talk", which charted at No. 25. Mattea had recorded a demo of the song with the intent of having Terri Gibbs record it, but Mattea kept it for herself when Gibbs declined the song. Followup "Someone Is Falling in Love" made it to No. 26 on the same chart, while "You've Got a Soft Place to Fall" and "That's Easy for You to Say" fell short of the top 40. Other notable cuts on the album included "God Ain't No Stained Glass Window", released as a 12" promotional single for the Christmas season. Allmusic reviewer William Ruhlmann wrote of the album that it was "a representative sampling of Nashville formula country writing", while praising the "feisty" nature of "Street Talk" and Mattea's vocals on "Heartbreak Kid". People reviewer Ralph Novak compared Mattea's voice favorably to Anne Murray and said that "Mattea may not have the most revolutionary sound around, but her material is good."Her second album, From My Heart, was her first under the production of Allen Reynolds, best known for his work with Crystal Gayle and Garth Brooks.
Released in 1985, it produced the chart singles "It's Your Reputation Talkin'", "He Won't Give In", "Heart of the Country", which peaked at numbers 34, 22, 46 on Hot Country Songs. It featured a cover of Elton John's "Ball and Chain", from his 1982 album Jump Up! Ruhlmann found this album superior to its predecessor, stating that Reynolds "seems to have shaped the song selections to the singer's talents and given her the opportunity to sing in a more individual manner." A review of the album in Billboard was positive, noting the "more focused direction and a simpler, purer sound". 1986's Walk the Way the Wind Blows was, according to Allmusic, "her breakthrough both critically and commercially". Four singles were released from the album. First was "Love at the Five and Dime", written and recorded by Nanci Griffith on her 1986 album The Last of the True Believers. Following it were "Walk the Way the Wind Blows", "You're the Power", "Train of Memories". All four of these songs reached the top 10 of the country music charts between 1986 and 1987.
The B-side to "You're the Power" was a rendition of "Song for the Life", written by Rodney Crowell and a top 10 hit for Alan Jackson in 1995. Contributing musicians on Walk the Way the Wind Blows included Béla Fleck, Don Williams, Wendy Waldman, Vince Gill. Billboard praised Walk the Way the Wind Blows as "Mattea's most country effort to date". An uncredited review in Stereo Review stated that "if every country album were as tasteful and well executed as Walk the Way the Wind Blows...the reviewer's life would be a happy one indeed", while rating the performance and recording as "perfection". Thom Jurek felt that the album's uptempo cuts were stronger than its ballads, noting that "Her ballad singing hadn't gotten to the place it did just three years later" while praising her performances on the more upbeat tracks and on "Love at the Five and Dime". Mattea had her first No. 1 single in late 1987 to early 1988 with "Goin' Gone". Co-written by Pat Alger and Fred Koller, this song previously appeared on Th