John D. Loudermilk is one of the best Pop songwriters of modern music. Among his hits are "Indian Reservation", "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", "Norman", and "Tobacco Road". This RCA Nashville collection, featuring Loudermilk's smooth vocals, was recorded under the guidance of Chet Atkins and contains the original LP plus three bonus tracks.
Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee. Originally released on RCA.
Liner Note Authors: Mark Marymont; Boudleaux Bryant.
Recording information: Nashville, TN.
Unknown Contributor Role: John D. Loudermilk.
When Frank Zappa parodies doo wop, or when Lee Hazlewood makes odd amalgams of country and pop, it's funny because there are indications that these guys are aware that they're deconstructing established idioms. Loudermilk is like Zappa and Hazlewood. What to make of a line like "since Dad's been laid off work, Mary's no longer mine," in a song ("Mary's No Longer Mine") bemoaning the narrator's lack of access to his Dad's car to take Mary out, delivered with minimal emotion? Hardly the usual stuff of 1960s country and pop. The high point of the record is "Two Strangers in Love," very much in the style of the Everly Brothers (who covered Loudermilk's "Ebony Eyes" for a hit); one wouldn't be surprised if it turned out it was submitted to the duo for consideration. ~ Richie Unterberger