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Album Review

Where I Come From: A Tribute to Hank Williams is a tastefully produced album by Patrick Norman that is among his best studio releases in some time. Born Yvon Éthier, the Quebecois country singer/songwriter has put out a lot of albums over the course of his multi-decade career, and the multiple Félix award nominations that he's been showered with during the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s are a testament to the high levels of consistency and quality that have come to define his recording output. After so many albums over so many years, it's a bit surprising that Norman hasn't done more tribute albums along the lines of Where I Come From: A Tribute to Hank Williams. He once did a tribute album to Kenny Rogers that proved popular, Hommage à Kenny Rogers (1986), but that was a quarter-century ago and it was partly comprised of French-language interpretations. In contrast, Where I Come From: A Tribute to Hank Williams is sung entirely in English and performed in a straightforward manner respectful toward the original material, not only the lyrics but also the musical backing. After all, the songbook of Hank Williams is so filled with country classics, there's no need for experimentation. In general, the dozen classics selected by Norman here are best performed as they originally were by Williams — sparely and with an emphasis on the clever lyrics. Norman may not be an exceptional vocalist like Williams, but he's not bad by any measure and is actually quite good in English, without a noticable French accent. Moreover, he sings with passion and makes his love for this material crystal clear. He's at his best as a guitarist, of course, and evokes the original spirit of these songs without playing all over them the way some guitar virtuosos might. In addition to his vocals and guitar, there are spare touches of percussion, fiddle, and background vocals. Though practically every song here is a highlight, his takes on "Kaw-Liga" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" are most special.

Customer Reviews


Patrick Norman revient en force ! Les interprétations sont magistrales, l'instrumentation est géniale et ça sonne... mais ça SONNE !

Pour les fans de classic country, et pour tout les amateur de Patrick Norman, n'hésitez pas, achetez le! Vous ne serez pas déçu!

PARFAIT... MAIS.......

Une réalisation parfaite de Gilles Valiquette. Ça sonne naturel. Excellente prestation. Seule ombre au tableau... le CD dure 36 minutes. C'est tout à fait INCONCEVABLE. Ça ne se fait plus en 2010. Il y a pourtant plusieurs autres grands titres de Hank Williams qui auraient pu y figurer. Je ne comprends pas qu'on sorte un CD si court alors qu'il peut contenir 80 minutes de musique. En plus, pas de textes des paroles. C'est un peu malhonnête. Reste que la production sonore est parfaite.

Where I comme from

Très beau, mais très court. C'est vrai que 36 minutes en 2010 ça ne devrait pas se faire... Peut-être y en a t-il un autre en préparation! Un TRIBUTE au Country avec plus de pièces. On reste sur notre appétit.


Born: September 10, 1946 in Quebec, Canada

Genre: Musique francophone

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A well-known and respected country artist in Quebec, Patrick Norman has released 25 albums in the course of his career. Born Yvon Ethier in Quebec on September 10, 1946, Norman released his first album in 1966 as part of the group Les Fabuleux Élégants. His greatest success, "Quand On Est en Amour," came about in...
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Where I Come from (A Tribute to Hank Williams), Patrick Norman
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Country, Music, World
  • Released: Jan 01, 2010

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