Personnel: Dave Alvin (vocals, guitar); Greg Leisz (guitar, steel guitar); Rick Solem (piano, organ); Don Falzone (bass); Donald Lindley (drums).
Producers: Dave Alvin, Bruce Bromberg, Chris Salagyi.
Personnel: Dave Alvin (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Greg Leisz (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, lap steel guitar); Lee Allen (saxophone); Rick Solem (piano, organ); Don Falzone (electric bass); Donald Lindley (drums); David Hidalgo, Dwight Yoakam, Katy Moffatt, Terry Evans (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Steve Klein .
Recording information: Blue Niles; Paramount Recording Studios; PMS.
Photographer: Beth Herzhaft.
Dave Alvin's second release is a bit more relaxed and confident than his debut (ROMEO'S ESCAPE). He still sings about heartbreak, loneliness and the small sad dramas of the working class with the vision of a short story writer (an actual interest which bore fruit in his 1996 book of prose and poetry, Any Rough Times Are Now Behind You). Besides the compelling title song, this set also marks the first appearance of "Guilty Man" (later to become the name of his touring band) and his version of "Haley's Comet," co-written with Tom Russell, who also recorded this tale of Bill Haley's sad decline and death. From the balladry of "Why Did She Stay With Him" and "Dry River" to the roadhouse pummel of "Wanda And Duane," this album breathes with palpable emotion, but is also not afraid to rock hard.