Drive You Home Again

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Drive You Home Again
Studio album by Chris Smither
Released May 16, 1999
Recorded December 2–17, 1998
Genre Blues, folk
Length 46:17
Label HighTone
Producer Stephen Bruton
Chris Smither chronology
Small Revelations
(1997)
Drive You Home Again
(1999)
Live as I'll Ever Be
(2000)

Drive You Home Again is an album by American singer/songwriter Chris Smither, released in 1999.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A− [2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Jeff Burger wrote of the album "Smither's gravelly, instantly recognizable voice is a perfect fit for his pensive, sharply honed lyrics and his blues and folk-based music... Like Nick Drake and the Van Morrison of Astral Weeks days, Smither makes you feel as if you're in a dream. You may not want to wake up for a while."[1] Music critic Robert Christgau wrote of the album "...you'd never suspect he was a moral philosopher. But in fact he is that even rarer thing, a moral philosopher with good values, and here his songwriting takes over a career marked by killer covers... he thinks on his butt while keeping the beat with his foot. He's worth attending even if you think blues are history."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chris Smither unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Drive You Home Again" – 5:28
  2. "Tell Me Why You Love Me" – 3:55
  3. "No Love Today" – 4:57
  4. "Hey, Hey, Hey" – 4:04
  5. "Get a Better One" – 5:22
  6. "Hold On II " – 3:24
  7. "So Long" – 4:48
  8. "Duncan & Brady" (Traditional)– 3:52
  9. "Steel Guitar" (Danny O'Keefe) – 3:38
  10. "Don't Make Promises" (Tim Hardin) – 3:25
  11. "Rattlesnake Preacher" (Eric Von Schmidt) – 3:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Chris Smither – vocals, guitar
  • Joel Jose Guzman - Accordion, keyboards, melodica
  • John Mills - saxophone
  • Marty Muse - pedal steel guitar
  • Chris Maresh - bass
  • Mickey Raphael - harmonica
  • Raul Rodriguez - tuba
  • Brannen Temple - drums, percussion
  • Malford Milligan - background vocals

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Stephen Bruton
  • Mixed by Chet Himes
  • Engineered by Jay Hudson
  • Mastered by Jerry Tubb

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Burger, Jeff. "Drive You Home Again > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Drive You Home Again > Review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved July 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ Drive You Home Again > Review. Rolling Stone.