The New Nashville Cats

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The New Nashville Cats
Studio album by Mark O'Connor
Released April 16, 1991
Recorded 1989-90
Genre Country
Length 63:48
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Mark O'Connor, Jim Ed Norman
Mark O'Connor chronology
The New Nashville Cats
Johnny Appleseed
(1992)Johnny Appleseed1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The New Nashville Cats is a country album by Mark O'Connor, in conjunction with a variety of other musical artists. O'Connor selected a group of over fifty Nashville musicians, many of who had worked with him as session musicians. The album was intended to "showcase the instrumental side of the Nashville recording scene" (O'Connor's liner notes). It was awarded two Grammys: Best Country Instrumental Performance for O'Connor, and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and Steve Wariner's performance in "Restless". This song also charted at #25 on Hot Country Songs in 1991.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were composed by Mark O'Connor, except where noted.

  1. "Bowtie" – 2:40
  2. "Restless" (Carl Perkins) – 5:25
  3. "Nashville Shuffle Boogie" – 6:10
  4. "Pick It Apart" – 4:59
  5. "Traveler's Ridge" – 3:35
  6. "Granny White Special" – 3:53
  7. "Cat in the Bag" – 2:43
  8. "The Ballad of Sally Anne" (traditional, lyrics Alice Randall, arr. O'Connor and Harry Stinson) – 2:36
  9. "Swang" – 4:52
  10. "Dance of the Ol' Swamp Rat" – 3:03
  11. "A Bowl of Bula" – 4:05
  12. "Limerock" (traditional, arr. O'Connor, Edgar Meyer) – 2:23
  13. "Sweet Suzanne" – 5:12
  14. "Orange Blossom Special" (Ervin T. Rouse) – 5:39
  15. "Now It Belongs to You" (Steve Wariner) – 6:33


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 44
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 14