Live at Billy Bob's Texas

Live at Billy Bob's Texas

by Larry Gatlin


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When a country band has spent four decades pleasing the crowds and climbing the charts, you know better than to expect surprises on its live album. And sure enough, there are no surprises here: no quirky cover versions, no time-wasting patter, no charming flubs, or self-indulgent noodling. The Gatlins are nothing if not pros, and professionalism is what you get in spades on this album. To their credit, they don't sound dutiful or bored -- the Gatlins were the first to perform on the stage of Billy Bob's Texas when the nightclub opened in 1981, and they sound like they're genuinely happy to be back. The program is formulaic, but this is country music, where formula doesn't count against you, and the three brothers are still in fine vocal form on such crowd-pleasers as "All the Gold in California" and "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love." Interestingly, they really seem to come alive on the a cappella gospel numbers ("This is for all the Church of Christ people -- no piano," Gatlin calls out at one point). The hits are what generate the applause, but even the hardest-hearted music snob will sit up and take notice when the Gatlins work their tight vocal magic on "Swing Down Chariot" (less so on the more overweening "Alleluia"). Pretty much everything else is for the fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2004
Label: Smith Music Group
UPC: 0662582502428
catalogNumber: 5024
Rank: 103932

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Gatlin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Gatlin Brothers   Group
Rudy Gatlin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Steve Gatlin   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
George Perilli   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Mike "Mad Mike" Smith   Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Group Member
Gary Butler   Piano,Group Member
Jeremy Richardson   DJ

Technical Credits

Johnnie Lee Wills   Composer
Larry Gatlin   Composer
Paul Whitehead   Producer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Phil Barnett   Engineer
Rick Smith   Producer,Executive Producer,Creation
Bob Wright   Remixing
Traditional   Composer
V.R. "Bear" Crossnoe   Engineer
A. J. Latterell   Lighting Director
Billy Minick   Executive Producer
Martin "Dirt" Stinnett   Monitor Engineer
Rhonda Kennedy   Operation,Stage Crew
Kenny Rector   Stage Crew
Jeremy Richardson   Camera Operator
James Buchanan   Video Technician
Sam Minick   Liner Notes

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