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Jonathan Goes Country

Jonathan Richman

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Album Review

The Skeletons' Lou Whitney and D. Clinton Thompson as well as a number of seasoned session vets join Richman as he ventures into Nashville territory. The material consists of a batch of originals, a few covers and a couple of old songs reworked from 1983's Jonathan Sings! The music's country affectations are entertaining without being gimmicky, and Richman sounds right at home in his twangy environs.

Customer Reviews

Man oh man!

I hated this cd and hated Jonathan Richman when this was first forced upon me in architecture school design studio. I then grew to love Jojo, and this particular piece is an absolute masterpiece. Listening to this out of context of Jonathan's huge career is a mistake, the man is certainly the sum of his many many parts.

Your Crazy for Taking the Bus!

JR's entry into country is remarkably credible, and while this isn't a great introduction to the man and his music, there's not a bad song among the bunch. The production is stellar, Richman is as funny and loopy as ever, but also sings with a rare sincerity few others (Brian Wilson, the Shaggs) possess. If forced to pick and choose: "Since She Started to Ride," "You're Crazy for Taking the Bus," "The Neighbors," and his anti-big box anthem "Corner Store."


Born: May 15, 1951 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

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

Jonathan Richman was one of rock's most eccentric and unpredictable cult figures, a performer whose eternally childlike public persona and seeming naiveté — typified by songs like "Ice Cream Man," "Hey There Little Insect" and "I'm a Little Aeroplane" — tended to obscure the dexterity and craft of his music, which skirted from garage rock to country to Latin stylings and back. Born May 15, 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts, Richman began playing guitar at the age of 15, and within a year...
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