Personnel: Suzy Bogguss (vocals), Chet Atkins (vocals, electric & acoustic guitar), Brent Rowan (acoustic & electric guitar), Pat Bergeson (acoustic guitar, harmonica), R. L. Kass (acoustic guitar), Matt Rollings (piano), Mike Lawler (synthesizer), Leland Sklar, Roy Husky, Jr., Glenn Worf (bass), Carlos Vega, Harry Stinson (drums), Tom Roady (percussion), Harry Stinson, Gerald Boyd (background vocals).
Recorded at Emerald Sound and Sound Stage, Nashville, Tennessee.
She is one of country music's top contemporary female vocalists. He is one of country music's legends, a virtuoso guitarist and an influence on generations of musicians. She reveres him. He once said that she had a voice that "sparkles like crystal." They, Suzy Bogguss and Chet Atkins, have combined their talents to create an inspiring collection of duets, SIMPATICO.
From the opening vocal duet of Jimmie Rogers' hillbilly classic "In The Jailhouse Now" to the final world-beat rhythm of "This Is The Beginning," the duo show off the ease in which two talented artists can take command of their craft.
Bogguss' voice IS crystal and she glimmers throughout. Highlights include her own confessional "Forget About It," one of the best songs she's ever recorded; the honky tonk swing-out "Wives Don't Like Old Girlfriends"; and the tender ballad "When She Smiled At Him." Two classics from the early '60s and late '70s shine through--Johnny Cash's "I Still Miss Someone" is given a tart, poignant reading and Elton John's "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" stands out as an extraordinary interpretation of a timeless song.
This is a no frills set--sturdy vocals, flawless guitar, and a great collection of songs. The mutual admiration society between Bogguss and Atkins will definitely gain members as both country and pop listeners get hold of this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration.
Personnel: Chet Atkins (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, gut-string guitar); Suzy Bogguss (vocals); Brent Rowan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Pat Bergeson (acoustic guitar, harmonica); R.L. Kass (acoustic guitar); Mark O'Connor (fiddle); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Flaco Jim‚nez (concertina); Matt Rollings (piano); Mike Lawler (synthesizer); Harry Stinson (drums, background vocals); Carlos Vega (drums); Tom Roady (percussion); Gerald Boyd, Jack Hannah, Sons of the San Joaquin, Vince Gill, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Lon Hannah, Joe Hannah (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: John Guess.
Liner Note Author: James Austin.
Recording information: CA Workshop; Emerald Sound And Sound Stage, Nashville, TN; Javelina; Secret Sound, Nashville, TN; Studio 6; The Plant, San Francisco, CA.
Simpatico is a laid-back, charming duet album with Chet Atkins. The duo covers a lot of ground, beginning with Jimmy Rogers' "In the Jailhouse Now," and running through Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," and playing a couple of nice, understated originals. Although it isn't a strict country record -- there are quite a few pop flourishes scattered throughout -- it's a charmingly low-key listen. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine