Old Dogs: Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed, Mel Tillis.
Additional personnel: Pete Wade (electric guitar); Fred Newell (guitar, steel guitar); Thom Bresh (guitar); Robert Lovett (dobro, bass); Jonathan Yudkin (fiddle); Ron de la Vega (cello); David L. Schnaufer (Jew's harp); "Pig" Robins (piano); Jay Vern (organ); Bobby Emmons, Jamey Whiting (keyboards); Mike Leach (bass); Eddy Anderson, Michael Clarke (drums); Gary Kubal (percussion); Shel Silverstein, Bobby Bare Jr. (background vocals).
Recorded at Woodland Studios and Masterfonics, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Shel Silverstein.
Personnel: Thom Bresh, Fred Newell (guitar); Pete Wade (electric guitar); Bobby Lovett (dobro); Jonathan Yudkin (fiddle); Ron de la Vega (cello); Jay Vern (organ); Jamie Whiting, Bobby Emmons (keyboards); Eddie Anderson , Michael Clarke (drums); David Schnaufer (Jew's harp); Gary Kubal (percussion); Shel Silverstein, Bobby Bare, Jr. (background vocals).
Recording information: Masterfonics, Nashville, TN; Woodland Studios, Nashville, TN.
Illustrator: Shel Silverstein.
Photographer: Matthew Barnes .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jerry Reed; Mel Tillis; Waylon Jennings.
Old friends/'70s country superstars Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, Bobby Bare and Jerry Reed decided to rally against the tide of late-'90s pretty boys cluttering up the charts and radio waves. They enlisted the songwriting talents of old buddy Shel Silverstein (who'd collaborated with Bare on some classic '70s albums) and cut this live album as a supergroup of self-confessed "old guys." There's an abundance of good-timey camaraderie here, and thanks to Silverstein, lots of infectious, good-humored tunes. Most of the songs deal light-heartedly with aging. "I Don't Do It No More" and "Young Man's Job" are self-explanatory. "Still Gonna Die"'s existential wisdom flies in the face of health-consciousness. The closer "Time" ends things on a more sentimental note, observing that old friends may be familiar with each others faults, but they still learn to appreciate each other more deeply as time goes on.