Livin' or Dyin'

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Livin' or Dyin'
Studio album by Jack Ingram
Released March 25, 1997
Recorded 1996 at Room & Board - Nashville, TN[1]
Genre Country
Length 43:47
Label Rising Tide
Producer Steve Earle
Ray Kennedy
Jack Ingram chronology
Lonesome Question
Livin' or Dyin'
Hey You
Singles from Livin' or Dyin'
  1. "That's Not Me"
    Released: 1997
  2. "Flutter"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]

Livin' or Dyin' is the third studio album by country music artist Jack Ingram, released in March 25, 1997. It was his only album on the Rising Tide Records label due to that label shutting down soon after its release. The first two singles of Ingram's career were released from this album, "That's Not Me" and "Flutter". They both charted poorly with "Flutter" peaking at No. 51 while the other failed to chart in the United States.


Livin' or Dyin' was produced by country artists Steve Earle and Ray Kennedy, credited on the album as the Twang Trust. Of the 14 songs on the album, 9 were written or co-written by Ingram. The last track, "Airways Motel" was written with Portland, Oregon based Alt-country artist Todd Snider, who also plays acoustic guitar on the track.

"Dallas" was originally recorded by Jimmie Dale Gilmore in 1989 on his self-titled album. "Rita Ballou" first appeared on Guy Clark's 1975 debut album, Old No. 1. "Imitation of love" was originally recorded by George Jones in 1966. Ingram had previously recorded a more stripped down version of "Flutter" on his 1995 eponymous debut album. "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke" is a cover of Vern Gosdin from his 1985 album Time Stood Still.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Nothin' Wrong with That"   Jack Ingram, Tom Littlefield, Ty Tyler 2:32
2. "Big Time"   Ingram, Littlefield 2:47
3. "Ghost of a Man"   John Bunzow, Ingram 2:48
4. "Flutter"   Colin Boyd 2:14
5. "Rita Ballou"   Guy Clark 3:27
6. "She Does Her Best"   Ingram Littlefield 2:42
7. "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)"   Max Fidler, Joe Maphis, Rose Lee Maphis 4:02
8. "Picture on My Wall"   Ingram 3:21
9. "That's Not Me"   Ingram, Littlefield 3:09
10. "Don't You Remember"   Ingram, Gary Nicholson 3:12
11. "Imitation of Love"   Howard Gregory. Adrian Roland 2:41
12. "Dallas"   Jimmie Dale Gilmore 3:45
13. "I Can't Leave You"   Ingram 3:15
14. "Airways Motel"   Ingram, Todd Snider 3:35


Taken from liner notes.[1]

The Beat Up Ford Band[edit]

Other Musicians[edit]

Chart performance[edit]


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1997 "That's Not Me" 89
"Flutter" 51 74
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ a b Livin' or Dyin' (CD). Jack Ingram. Rising Tide Records. 1997. 53046. 
  2. ^ Chrispell, James. "Jack Ingram — Livin' or Dyin'". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  3. ^ Nash, Alanna (18 Apr 1997). "Jack Ingram - Livin' or Dyin' (Rising Tide)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 5, 2009.