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is The Last of the True Believers singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith's fourth album, and her last with the folk music-oriented Philo Records. The acclaim accorded her from her previous and the current album would gain her a contract with a major recording company after this album. Here, Griffith continues her turn toward a more Once in a Very Blue Moon country-oriented work than her first two albums, which were primarily folk-sounding. It also includes two songs which would later be hits for Kathy Mattea: "Love at the Five and Dime" from her 1986 album , and "Goin' Gone", Mattea's first Number One, from 1987's Walk the Way the Wind Blows . Untasted Honey
The photograph on the album cover contains several references to the album's songs. A couple can be seen dancing behind Griffith, standing in front of a
Woolworth's store as described in "Love at the Five and Dime." The male dancer is Lyle Lovett who also appears on the album as a vocalist. The man standing at far left is John T. Davis, at the time a music writer for the . Austin American-Statesman
As with other Nanci Griffith albums she is pictured holding books by and/or about southern writers. On the front cover she is holding a copy of
The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of by Tennessee Williams Donald Spoto. On the album's back cover she is clutching by Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry. 
Track listing [ edit ]
All tracks composed by Nanci Griffith; except where indicated
"Last of the True Believers" - 2:47
Love at the Five and Dime" - 4:33 "St. Olav's Gate" (
Tom Russell) - 3:03 "More Than a Whisper" (Griffith, Bobby Nelson) - 3:42
"Banks of the Pontchartrain" - 3:39
"Lookin' for the Time (Workin' Girl)"- 2:43
Goin' Gone" ( Pat Alger, Bill Dale, Fred Koller) - 4:19 "One of These Days" - 2:54
"Love's Found a Shoulder" - 2:19
"Fly by Night" - 2:36
"The Wing and the Wheel" - 2:41
Personnel [ edit ]
Nanci Griffith - vocals, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
Philip Donnelly - electric guitar
Pat Alger - acoustic and high-string guitar Rick West - acoustic guitar, mandolin
Roy Huskey Jr. - double bass Ralph Vitello - piano
Lloyd Green - dobro, pedal steel
Béla Fleck - banjo
Mark O'Connor - mandolin, violin, mandola John Catchings - cello
Kenny Malone - drums, percussion
Lyle Lovett - harmony vocals Pros and Cons Harmony Choir (Marlin "Griff" Griffith, Richard Dobson,
Robert Earl Keen, Tom Russell) - harmony vocals on "St. Olav's Gate" Rachel Peer Prine - harmony vocals on "More Than a Whisper"
Maura O'Connell - harmony vocals on "Banks of the Pontchartrain"
Curtis Allen - harmony vocals on "Fly By Night"
Gove Scrivenor - autoharp on "Goin' Gone"
Robin Batteau - violin on "The Wing and The Wheel"
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