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I Just Came Home to Count the Memories

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Album Review

John Anderson's third album for Warner Brothers made him a star and helped launch what critics called the neo-traditionalist movement, a return to pared-down fiddle, banjo, and steel guitar arrangements and songs about hard times and hard luck. The players here are all Nashville session heavies, doing what they do best, while Anderson's vocals are as country as they come, despite the fact that he grew up playing rock & roll in Apopka, FL. The album was mostly downtempo, with the kind of sad ballads that country music lovers adore and rockers make fun of. Hits on the album include the title track, a nostalgic ballad about a down-on-his-luck guy returning home, given extra gravitas by Anderson's expressive growl, and "Would You Catch a Falling Star," another tearjerker about a country singer on the way down, hitting up a female fan for a place to stay. Anderson contributes three strong co-writes. "I Danced with the San Antone Rose" is an almost mythological waltz about finding at least temporary true love, while "When Lady Is Cloudin' Your Vision" is perhaps the saddest tune on a sad album, the tale of a down-on-his-luck guy whose woman is leaving him. Here Anderson uses his doleful midrange for his tear-stained delivery. "Girl, for You," one of the two uptempo numbers, is a honky tonk two-stepper with plenty of fancy picking, a salute to true love. Anderson also does an understated cover of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice (It's All Right)" and the Delmore Brothers' "Trail of Time," a doleful meditation on the limitations and simple pleasures of life, with true love topping both lists. ~ j. poet, Rovi

Biography

Born: 12 December 1955 in Apopka, FL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Neo-honky tonker John Anderson was born in Apopka, FL, in 1955 and grew up listening to rock & roll, until he discovered country music at age 15 through Merle Haggard. He moved to Nashville in the early '70s, showing up at his sister's house with no warning, and worked a variety of odd jobs (including one as a roofer for the Grand Ole Opry) while playing clubs at night. Eventually, all the hard work paid off with a contract for Warner Bros., and Anderson released his first single in 1978. His...
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