All songs written and arranged by Jim Stricklan, except:
Home on the Range is traditional, arranged by Jim
Hey Good Looking written by Hank Williams, used by permission
Stained Glass Heart written by Larry Rothwell, used by permission
Players: Jim ~ vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
COLORADO SESSIONS:Oklahoma Kid, Swamp Thang, Your Hiding Place
Gordon Burt ~ fiddle on Oklahoma Kid Jerry Mills ~ mandolin on Oklahoma Kid Kenny Vaughan ~ electric guitar on Swamp Thang John Macy ~ steel guitar on Swamp Thang, Your Hiding Place electric guitar on Your Hiding Place Tim O'Brien ~ fiddle on Your Hiding Place Bob Abbott ~ bass
Steve Croes ~ drums
Ann and Lloyd Barnett ~ backing vocals on Your Hiding Place Produced by John Macy
LOUISIANA SESSIONS: Tallest Tale in Texas
Fred Yawn, Richard Wells,Steffins Sisters Produced by Ron Capone and Charles Smith
TEXAS SESSIONS:Settles Hotel, Hey Good Looking, Dancing Me Home, Chinook Wind, Texas has it All, Holly, Song of the Big Bend,
Nineteen 82, Home on the Range, Absentee Lover, Stained Glass Heart, Colorado, Working with the Wood, Give Up Give In.
Johnny Gimble ~ fiddle on Texas has it All Traci Lamar ~ accordian on Texas has it All Ted Arbogast ~ guitar solo and bass on Texas has it All Richard Bowden ~ fiddle on Hey Good Looking Danny Hawk ~ steel guitar on Settles Hotel, Dancing Me Home, Absentee Lover, Stained Glass Heart Mark Viator ~ National steel guitar on Nineteen 82 Herb Steiner ~ steel guitar on Holly Greg Lowry ~ dobro on Working with the Wood; gut string guitar and accordian on Song of the Big Bend;
Jaime Hilboldt ~ keyboards on Chinook Wind Charles Ditto ~ piano on Give up Give in, Home on the Range, Stained Glass Heart Beth Galiger ~ flute on Colorado George Coyne ~ acoustic and electric guitars on many tracks
Mike Roberts ~ bass on many tracks
Doug Taylor ~ bass on Settles Hotel, Song of the Big Bend, Home on the Range, Give up Give in Kevin Hall ~ drums on many tracks
Gary DeVries ~ drums on Settles Hotel, Texas has it All Ernie Durawa ~drums on Home on the Range Larry Rothwell ~ rhythm guitar and harmony vocal on Texas has it All, Home on the Range, Song of the Big Bend Beth Freeman ~ harmony vocal on Texas has it All Terri Fann ~ harmony vocal on Dancing Me Home, Absentee Lover Maryann Price ~ scat vocal on Home on the Range Phil and Debi Jones ~ backing vocal on Colorado Christine Albert ~ duet vocals on Working with the Wood,
Produced by George Coyne and Jim Stricklan except for:
Jim Watts produced Settles Hotel ;
Ted Arbogast produced Texas has it All, Holly
Compilation mastered by Jerry Tubb, Terra Nova Digital Audio
Artwork design by Michelle Rahbar, Mothership Arts – Austin, TX
Photos by Kelly Zant
Released by Kokobilly Music, a subsidiary
of the publisher Front Room Music ®
Copyright 2016 Front Room Music(BMI). All rights reserved.
While serving as music director at KBRQ radio in Denver during the 1980s, I had the privilege of recording many of my original country songs with engineer/guitarist John Macy. Your Hiding Place was released as a 45rpm single in 1986, earning an impressive amount of national airplay exposure and becoming a popular jukebox record in several markets before breaking into the national charts.
Moving on to KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana I enjoyed similar progress recording a number of tracks at Red River Studio in Bossier City (1988-89). Famed studio engineer Ron Capone turned the knobs on my song Tallest Tale in Texas, an up-tempo shuffle tune, intended as a single but un-released due to budget concerns. I’m really proud to finally feature it on this collection nearly three decades later.
Settles Hotel, already penned, was recorded after our move to Austin, Texas, and engineered by Jim Watts, then finished at Parrot Tracks Studio under the direction of George Coyne. Released as a video single (video by Tom Arcand), it appeared on an enhanced CD in 2006. Holly and Texas Has it All were recorded at Music Lane in Austin during the early 90s, for my CD, Elysian Fields.
The Oklahoma Kid and Swamp Thang, from my Colorado sessions, were also singles that waited decades to see the light of day. All the other songs on this collection were recorded at Parrot Tracks during the past decade. My thanks to George Coyne for co-producing all my 21st Century albums thus far. The list of players on all these tracks is truly amazing! I thank them all for helping make this music.
My early country LPs,
Honky Tonk Fantasies (with duet partner Stephen L. Fulton) and Tails Out, were digitally
remastered in 1999 and released as The West of Jim Stricklan. In 2006 the Country Man
CD added even more country songs to my discography. Now, a decade later, Country
Singles features the best of my country releases. Sit back and enjoy!