The Tractors Farmers in a Changing World
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- Released: February 25, 2003
- Label: Audium Entertainment
Q - 4/99, p.1073 Stars (out of 5) - "...a chugging beat, fiercely understated picking and melodies so simple they verge on the profound..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 4/99, p.116"...The breathtaking drive of the band dervies from the solidest rhythm section currently cutting records....the essence of country-boogie..."
- 1.I Wouldn't Tell You No Lie
- 2.Linda Lou
- 3.How Long Will It Take
- 4.Shortenin' Bread
- 5.The World's Biggest Fool
- 6.Poor Boy Shuffle
- 7.With a Girl Like You
- 8.The Elvis Thing
- 9.Way Too Late
- 10.Foot Stomp Stompin'
- 11.Hale Bop Boogie - (bonus track)
The Tractors: Steve Ripley (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Walt Richmond (vocals, accordion, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B-3 organ, bass drum, feet); Ron Getman (acoustic & electric, steel & lap steel guitars, dobro, mandolin, trumpet, background vocals); Casey Van Beek (tenor saxophone, bass, background vocals); Jamie Oldaker (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Leon Russell (vocals); Eldon Shamblin (spoken vocals, electric guitar); Elvis Ripley (guitar, piano); Scotty Moore, James Burton (electric guitar); Bonnie Raitt (slide guitar); Fats Kaplin (steel guitar, fiddle); Curley Lewis (fiddle); D.J. Fontana (drums).
Principally recorded at The Church Studio, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Three years after their second album, the Tractors finally return with FARMERS IN A CHANGING WORLD. The Tractors' music combines country, rock, boogie-woogie, shuffle and New Orleans groove, serving it up via singer Steve Ripley's distinctive growl. Like their previous albums, FARMERS is a raw, loose-limbed collection of songs custom-made for grooving on the dance floor. Quite a few of the tracks recall the band's super-cool 1994 debut single "Baby Likes To Rock It," including "Poor Boy Shuffle" and "Linda Lou" (both with Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar) and "Foot Stomp Stompin'" (with Leon Russell).
A standout is "The Elvis Thing," a song explaining how Elvis changed America, featuring the King's real-life band--Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana and James Burton. The song that best sums up the Tractors' view of the world, though, is a hidden track buried three minutes after the end of the "last" song on the CD. It's a cool little number about the Heaven's Gate Cult called "The Hale-Bopp Boogie." For the Tractors, nothing is so serious that you can't dance to it.
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