Robert Earl Keen
Sugar Hill Records
| Garry Velletri|
8 October 1993
| October 8, 1993
August 10, 2004 Re-Release|
Nashville, TN, USA
Folk music, Alternative country
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A Bigger Piece of Sky is an album by Texas-based folk singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen. It was released in the United States in 1993 by Sugar Hill Records and re-released in SACD format with the originally intended track sequencing in 2004 by KOCH Records. The title of the album comes from a line in the opening verse of "Paint the Town Beige":I gave up the fast lane for a blacktop country road
Just burned out on all that talk about the motherload,
I traded for a songbird and a bigger piece of sky
When I miss the good old days I can't imagine why.
The album is frequently cited to be one of Keen's best if not the best and is considered to be a transitional point in his career as an artist. The album brings together various elements of alternative country such as roots-rock, honky tonk, and folk to form Keen's own cohesive blend of Texas music. Reviewers cite "Corpus Christi Bay", "Whenever Kindness Fails", "So I Can Take My Rest", and "Paint the Town Beige" as stand-out tracks. Keen's down-beat duet with Irish singer Maura O'Connell, "Night Right for Love" is also worthy of note as is Keen's cover of Terry Allen's "Amarillo Highway". Other guest performers include Marty Stuart on mandolin and Garry Tallent on electric and upright bass.
All tracks written by Robert Earl Keen, except where noted.
Musicians:Robert Earl Keen – lead vocals and acoustic guitar
George Marinelli – harmony vocal on "Paint the Town Beige", and electric guitar
Tommy Spurlock – acoustic guitar, steel, lap steel, and gut string guitar
Garry Tallent – Electric bass and Upright bass
Dave Durocher – harmony vocal on "Corpus Cristi Bay", drums and percussion
Jonathan Yudkin – violin
Marty Stuart – mandolin
Jay Spell – accordion
Michael Snow – additional vocals on "Blow You Away", bodhran, and tenor banjo
Bryan Duckworth – violin on "Crazy Cowboy Dream"
Dave Heath – upright bass on "Crazy Cowboy Dream" and harmony vocals on "Jesse", "Amarillo Highway", and "Crazy Cowboy Dream"
Maura O'Connell – duet vocal on "Night Right for Love", harmony vocal on "So I Can Take My Rest", and additional vocal on "Blow You Away"
Jennifer Prince – harmony vocal on "So I Can Take My Rest"
Production:Produced – Garry Velletri (except "Amarillo Highway" by Garry Velletri and Dave Durocher)
Recorded – Jeff Coppage, July 1992 at The Board Room, Nashville, Tennessee
Mixed – Jeff Coppage and Garry Velletri
Digital editing – Neal Merrick at Merrick Music Studios
Mastered – Denny Purcell at Georgetwon Masters
Artwork:Cover – "Slow Poke" by Ray C. Strang
Back Cover – photo by Peter Figan
Design – Diane Painter
1So I Can Take My Rest3:22A Bigger Piece of Sky Wikipedia
2Whenever Kindness Fails3:40