Jann Browne – Count Me In (1995)

FrontCöver1Jann Browne (born March 14, 1954 in Anderson, Indiana) is an American country singer. She moved to South California in 1978 where she performed in a number of Orange County country bars.  From 1981 through 1983, before her solo career, she was a vocalist with the Western swing group Asleep at the Wheel. She has recorded four studio albums, and has charted three singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. Her highest single is the 1990s “Tell Me Why” at No. 18. She was named “Female Entertainer of the Year”, and her song “Louisville” was named “Song of the Year”, by the California Country Music Association. (by wikipedia)

Nine years ago when I bought this CD, I was disappointed and did not play it very much. But today I decided to play it again and see what I think. I am pleasantly surprized – I do not know what I was thinking of 9 years ago, but I really like it now. It could have been that since it did not come up to the high standard of Jann’s earlier releases – TELL ME WHY and IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I LAUGH – I wrote it off as a loser. I have completely changed my mind now.

JannBrowne01I think anyone who really likes Jann Browne will like this album, and I am now going to start playing it more. I see that some marketplace sellers have the album in the $6 range. If I did not already own it, I would pick it up in a second at this price.

Jann Browne is a fantastic traditional country artist, who never did get the credit she deserved. Part of the problem was the fact that when she came out with her music, Nashville wanted a more “Pop” sound, and Jann refused to change her style just to sell records. (by H. G. Milton)

This is Jann Browne’s least country-sounding record yet. Browne’s new record is still more country than a lot of what comes out of Music Row nowadays, but without neo-trad producer Steve Fishell behind the boards this time, Dennis Caplinger and Browne produced a record whose sound is always tasteful, but rarely engaging. While her first two albums supplemented her own songs with a healthy amount of well-chosen covers, Browne wrote or co-wrote every one of the 12 songs here, all of which are fine examples of neo-trad ’90’s country that could stand to dig a little deeper. It’s easy to admire Browne’s new songs – all are well-constructed and intelligently written .

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It’s also too easy to remain emotionally detached from them. Her vocals are as strong as ever (try imagining Emmylou Harris with a little more twang), and while a fair amount of the country grit has been washed from her sound, the accompaniment provides more than adequate support for the songs. They, however, contain too many generic rock gestures (“Hearts on the Blue Train,” “Ain’t No Promise” and the title track) and not enough of the deeply-felt honky-tonk soul that’s powered Browne’s best music. (by Don Yates)

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Personnel:
Matthew Barnes (guitar, background vocals)
Jann Browne (vocals)
Dennis Caplinger (guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, viola, weissenborn)
Frank Cotinola (drums)
Chris Gaffney (accordion)
Pat Gallagher (acoustic guitar)
Rick MacDonald (guitar, penny whistle)
Jay Dee Maness (pedal steel guitar)
Wyman Reese (organ)
Keith Rosier (guitarron, bass)
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background vocals:
Rosie Flores – Herb Pedersen – Roger Stebner

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Tracklist:
01. Hearts On The Blue Train (Browne) 4.03
02. Ain’t No Promise (In The Promised Land) (Browne/Barnes) 4.00
03. I Have No Witness (Browne/Barnes) 5.27
04. Trouble’s Here (Browne) 3.05
05. Red Moon Over Lugano (Browne) 4.57
06. One Tired Man (Browne/Barnes) 5.09
07. Dear Loretta (Browne/Gallagher) 4.00
08. Count Me In (Browne/Barnes) 4.27
09. Baby Goodbye (Browne/Gallagher) 4.50
10. Long Time Gone (Browne/Barnes) 3.43
11. When The Darkest Hours Pass (Browne/Gallagher) 3.43
12. White Roses (Browne/Gallagher) 4.06

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