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Terry Allen: Lubbock (on everything)

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It was the poet William Blake who wrote about seeing "a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower." The idea that something common can reveal a complex world of beauty is also pursued in singer/songwriter and artist Terry Allen's masterpiece Lubbock (on everything) (1979).

It is an album that is specifically local, revolving around Allen's hometown Lubbock, and yet it is universal and transcends time and place.

The album's 20 songs are divided into different categories: Lubock landscape and portrait songs, art world (and French) songs, drinking and food (ingestion) songs and miscellaneous songs. The songs are filled with stories from everyday life, for instance a meeting with a waitress, but also observations on the role of art.

The music is driven by Allen's ragged, rhythmical piano playing and distinctive voice. The arrangements are both bare-boned and yet sophisticated, with surprises throughout from brass voices, choir and violins, supplementing the steady rhythms of piano and drums. The country instrument par excellence, the steel guitar, also creeps in and Allen's special brand of country music has actually been called a precursor for the alternative country movement.

However, Terry Allen is his own man and Lubbock (on everything) is its own world. Now it is reissued in an awe-inspiring package from Paradise of Bachelors with beautiful pictures, well-written essays and an interview with Allen that provides an oral history of the album. If anyone was in doubt from the start that Lubbock (on everything) was a work of art, they shouldn't be now.

Track Listing: Amarillo Highway (For Dave Hickey); High Plains Jamboree; The Great Joe Bob (A Regional Tragedy); The Wolfman of Del Rio; Lubbock Woman; The Girl Who Danced Oklahoma; Truckload of Art; The Collector (And the Art Mob); Oui (A French Song); Rendezvouz USA; Cocktails for Three; The Beautiful Waitress; Blue Asian Reds (For Roadrunner); New Delhi Freight Train; FFA; Flatland Farmer; My Amigo; The Pink and Black Song; The Thirty Year Waltz (For Jo Harvey); I Just Left Myself.

Personnel: Terry Allen: piano, vocal; Lloyd Maines: pedal steel guitar, acoustic & electric guitars, dobro, mandolin, tenor banjo, bell tree, harmony; Kenny Maines: bass, harmony; Curtis McBride: drums; Alan Shinn: percussion, marimba, jawbone, skin castanets; Richard Bowden: fiddle; Ponty Bone: accordion; Don Caldwell: saxophone; Joe Ely: harmonica; Luiz Martinez: jazz guitar; Jesse Taylor: flatland guitar; Tommie Anderson: trumpet; Mark Anthony: trombone; Russ Stendefer: tuba; Ruth Ann Truncale: violin; Susan Allen: violin; Karen Bralack: cello; Leslie Blackburn: viola; Don Caldwell: string arrangements; Monterey High School Marching Band: school song; Sylvester "band-aid" Rice: harmony; Gwen Hewitt: harmony; Suzanne Paulk: harmony; Jo Harvey Allen: harmony; Freddy Pride: harmony; Mike Austin: harmony; Vincent Thomas: harmony; Jimmy Sampson: harmony.

Title: Lubbock (on everything) | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Paradise Of Bachelors

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