Good Dog, Happy Man

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Good Dog, Happy Man
Studio album by Bill Frisell
Released 1999
Studio O'Henry Sound Studios Burbank CA
Genre Folk jazz, New Acoustic, Americana
Length 61:51
Label Elektra Nonesuch
Producer Lee Townsend
Bill Frisell chronology
Gone, Just Like a Train
Good Dog, Happy Man
The Sweetest Punch

Good Dog, Happy Man is the 11th album by Bill Frisell to be released on the Elektra Nonesuch label. It was released in 1999 and features performances by Frisell, Greg Leisz, Wayne Horvitz, Viktor Krauss and Jim Keltner with a guest appearance by Ry Cooder on guitar.[1]


The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4 stars stating "Again, Frisell often captures a loose, evolutionary jamming quality in these sessions, playing the country accents off of his jazz sensibilities. Unlike its predecessor, though, you can't imagine this being recorded on a backwoods front porch, for there are some production tricks and distant-sounding electronic loops that give away its Burbank studio origins. Purists on either side of the jazz/country divide are hereby warned to back off so that the rest of us can enjoy this".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Bill Frisell except as indicated.

  1. "Rain, Rain" – 2:45
  2. "Roscoe" – 3:43
  3. "Big Shoe" – 3:49
  4. "My Buffalo Girl" – 8:50
  5. "Shenandoah" – for Johnny Smith (Traditional) – 6:09
  6. "Cadillac 1959" – 6:16
  7. "The Pioneers" – 5:16
  8. "Cold, Cold Ground" – 9:01
  9. "That Was Then" – 5:29
  10. "Monroe" – 4:19
  11. "Good Dog, Happy Man" – 2:33
  12. "Poem For Eva" – 3:41



  1. ^ Nonesuch Records album info accessed 12 September 2008.
  2. ^ a b Ginell, R. Allmusic Review accessed June 20, 2011