Rum & Rodeo

Rum & Rodeo

by Heather Myles


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In a better world, Heather Myles would be a bigger star than Shania Twain or Faith Hill -- or at very least a bigger country star. Possessing a voice that blends the homey sass of Loretta Lynn with the sweetness and precision of Patsy Cline while adding a nobody's-fool strength and modern-day spunk that's all her own, Myles cut some of the finest female honky tonk of the 1990s, and by all rights she should have a handful of hit records to her credit, but for the moment she has to settle for the admiration of people who still dig country in its more honest form (among them fans Dwight Yoakam and Merle Haggard). Rum and Rodeo is a compilation that gathers together 13 sides from Myles' first two albums, released by Hightone Records -- eight from 1992's Just Like Old Times and five from 1995's Untamed -- while throwing in a solid outtake from the Just Like Old Times sessions as a bonus. The songs are great (most of them written by Myles herself), the backing band is superb (with Buddy Miller, Greg Leisz and Brantley Kearns among the pickers), and the production is rootsy and sympathetic with just enough modern-day sheen. While Myles has yet to make a bad studio album, Rum and Rodeo gives you the best moments from her first two times at bat, and if you're looking for an introduction to her music, this isn't a bad place to get started.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Hightone Records
UPC: 0012928817820
catalogNumber: 8178
Rank: 100730

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heather Myles   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Brandin   Steel Guitar
Jeff Donovan   Drums
Skip Edwards   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Dick Fegy   Mandolin
Bob Glaub   Bass
Bob Gothar   Guitar
Brantley Kearns   Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Donald Lindley   Drums
Kelly McGuire   Background Vocals
Buddy Miller   Guitar,Background Vocals
Keith Rosier   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Dusty Wakeman   Bass
Rick Shea   Acoustic Guitar
Larry Mitchell   Drums
Lorraine Rios   Background Vocals
Brantley Kerns   Fiddle,Mandolin

Technical Credits

Robert Cray   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Heather Myles   Composer
D. Amy   Composer
Gary Brandin   Composer
Charlie Brocco   Engineer
Bruce Bromberg   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Dashiell   Engineer
Jeff Rymes   Composer
Dusty Wakeman   Engineer
Howard Perross   Art Direction

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