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Richard Dobson Mankind

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Richard Dobson: Mankind

1-CD Digipak (4-seitig) mit 44-seitigem Booklet, 16 Einzeltitel. Gesamtspieldauer ca. 53 Minuten.
  • Richard Dobson ist der Hemingway der Country Music. - Nanci Griffith
  • Selbst wenn er keinen weiteren Song geschrieben hätte, durch Piece Of Wood & Steel bliebe Richard Dobson unsterblich. Es gibt keinen besseren Song über die Beziehung eines Mannes zu seiner Gitarre. Zum Glück für uns besitzt Richard einen ganzen Sack voller Songs über alle möglichen Arten von Beziehungen, Charaktären und haarsträubenden Begebenheiten. - Larry Monroe, DJ, KUT, Austin, Texas
  • Seine Worte sind deutlich und niemals verschwendet. Er ist einer meiner liebsten Songwriter. - Townes Van Zandt
  • Wann immer ich Songs von Richard Dobson höre denke ich: das sind die größten jemals für George Jones geschriebenen Hits. Schade für ihn allerdings, dass George sie niemals aufgenommen hat; denn sie bilden nur die Spitze eines goldenen Eisbergs großartiger Songs, von denen viel zu viele nur von Dobson selbst aufgenommen wurden. Hey, was soll’s. Das ist schon in Ordnung. Nashvilles Verlust, unser Gewinn. - John Conquest, Music City Texas/Freelance London
  • Dobson ist ein nachdenklicher Songwriter und als Interpret seines eigenen Materials ergreifend. - Billboad Magazine
  • Dieser Mann kann Songs schreiben – schlicht und einfach. - Cash Box Magazine
  • Richard Dobson ist einer der größten Songwriter in Nashville, ach was, der gesamten U.S.A. - John Prine
Im June 1993 nahmen Richard Dobson und seine State of the Heart Band - Mark Sergio Webb und Susie Monick – in Willie Nelsons Pedernales Studios in der Nähe von Austin eine Live-CD auf. Von dem ‘Mankind’ genannten Album wurden nur wenige Exemplare hergestellt, und schon bald darauf verschwand das CD-Album in der Obskurität. Nach mehr als zwanzig Jahren traten Richard und Produzent Harold Eggers an Bear Family heran, um dieses Album neu auf den Markt zu bringen. Richard packte noch ein paar Bonusstücke dazu.

Einige Details zu den Aufnahmen:

Richard spielt eine 1970er D-18 Martin, das original 'Piece of Wood & Steel'.
Die Multiinstrumentalistin Susie Monick, Gründungsmitglied der Buffalo Gals, der ersten weiblichen Bluegrass Band überhaupt, spielt ein 1950 Gibson RB-250 Mastertone Banjo, ein Castagnari Knopfakkordion und eine Mandoline Baujahr 1912, ein Gibson A-Modell.
Sergio Webb gehörte einst zu Pinto Bennetts Famous Motel Cowboys. Er spielt eine Gibson J-50 mit speziellem B-Bender aus den Fünfzigerjahren. Auf den Bonusstücken spielt er eine Telecaster.



Richard Dobson - Mankind Medium 1
1: Mankind
2: Baby Ride Easy
3: Living & Dying For Love
4: Blackberry Bottom
5: The Blue In Susie's Eyes
6: That's Right
7: Old Friends
8: Foley
9: Down In Lafayette
10: Next Year Better
11: Piece Of Wood & Steel
12: 63 Mercury
13: Useful Girls
14: Ballad Of Robin Winter-Smith
15: Money Talks
16: Never Say Never


Artikeleigenschaften von Richard Dobson: Mankind

  • Interpret: Richard Dobson

  • Albumtitel: Mankind

  • Artikelart CD

  • Genre Folk

  • Erscheinungsjahr 2015
  • Label Bear Family Productions

  • Preiscode AH
  • SubGenre Country - Alt-Country

  • EAN: 5397102171475

  • Gewicht in Kg: 0.200

Interpreten-Beschreibung "Dobson, Richard"

Richard Dobson

I can't recall when exactly it was that I first heard Richard Dobson play. Must have been around 1988. What I know for sure is this: It was in a dingy bar in Einsiedeln, a Swiss mountain town known for its Benedictine abbey. He was up there on a small stage, sporting a six-foot-something frame and his then-signature black leather vest, and he was backed by Sergio Webb on guitar and Susie Monick on banjo and accordion. A voice like single malt straight from the cask, with hardly a cover tune, but if so, one by Townes Van Zandt.

This was no Nashville country. Not by any means. Dobson's tunes never were the stuff you mindlessly line-danced to. He used to call his ever-changing band 'State of the Heart', and he knew why: Not only was the name a reference to his birth and home state, Texas, but it was also to what he was doing up on that stage: he was singing his heart out.

Imagine a tall dude with a beard and a way-worn Martin D-18 singing lines like these: "You tried to tell me what was right / I told you what was real / All I ever lived for / Was this piece of wood and steel." Tacky? No, true. True as life. Dobson is not about decorum, and he doesn't much give a damn about what others think. His first of two autobiographical novels, 'The Gulf Coast Boys,' has him smoking marijuana on the very first page.

After the gig, we somehow ended up in Dobson's hotel room. It was a scene I'll never forget: Richard and his then-girlfriend and banjo player Susie Monick sat on the bed, while my best friend Edith, the woman who had talked me into coming to the gig, and her husband sat on the floor. So did I, holding my old jumbo maple Takamine. We played some bluegrass songs: Blackberry Blossom, Wildwood Flower, and some Cash, Tennessee Flat-Top Box, and Big River.

Richard Dobson, born in Tyler, Texas, in 1942, is a real Houston kid. But his musical education began in The Hague, Netherlands, where his parents had moved when Richard was eight years old. During the year in Holland, he and his younger sister were sent to an English school, and their parents thought it might be the right time for the kids to learn to play an instrument. Richard reluctantly agreed to piano lessions: "I was rebellious," he recalls, "and often disinclined to go along with what my parents suggested." It soon became clear that he and the piano teacher were not a good match. "She found my Texan accent barbaric", Dobson says, "and when I told my parents I wanted to quit, they said okay."

At home, Richard was always exposed to music by way of his father's enormous collection of European music, mostly classical. His mother loved musicals. By his mid-teens, to the disapproval of his parents, Richard was listening to Hank Williams, R&B and early rock 'n' roll. He spent his teenage years on the Gulf coast in Corpus Christi and Houston, finishing high school in Santa Fe, New Mexico when his father, an oilman, moved to another overseas assignment.

Twelve years after those unfortunate piano lessons in The Hague, Dobson bought a secondhand guitar in a shop in Cali, Colombia and began teaching himself to play. He finished college with a degree in Spanish and spent some time with the Peace Corps in Chile. Later, he taught Spanish and English at a school in Michigan for a year, and lived in New York for a time, while working as a barman at the rock club, Max's Kansas City. It was around that time that he started writing; prose at first. After his first manuscript was turned down by several publishers, he moved to New Mexico to give it another try. "There", he remembers, "a series of revelations occurred, and what had been my sideline became my mainline; I became addicted to songwriting and put everything else on the back burner."

Since college days Dobson had worked on drilling rigs, and later on fishing and oilfield boats when he needed money. He always took a guitar with him and wrote songs during his time off. Some of those songs are still around today, the most famous one being Baby Ride Easy, a funny little tune that was recorded by Carlene Carter and Dave Edmunds, and later on by Johnny Cash and June Carter. Dobson never knew until the album, 'Out Among The Stars'came out, released posthumously, ten years after Johnny Cash's death. For Richard it was an immense honour. When I asked him what his first thought was when he heard about the Cash cut, he simply stated: "I wish my parents could have lived to see this." Everybody else would have had dollar signs in his eyes. Not him.

He doesn't seem to care that he's getting his biggest pay check from a song that, and he'll forgive me for saying this, does not rate among his finest. Merle Haggard has been through this, Kris Kristofferson, and so many other great songwriters. It's the recognition that counts, an accolade that comes late but is well-deserved.

His first love, though, was literature. After having grown up on a steady diet of Hemingway and Kerouac, Dobson studied Spanish literature. One day he heard a song by Kris Kristofferson. "It was then that it occurred to me that writing songs might be an option", he recalls. "But I knew from the start that it would be hard for me to find a place for my songs in Nashville." At that time, in 1971 an intellectual songwriter niché had established itself in Nashville: Guy Clark and his wife Susanna, Rodney Crowell, Skinny Denis Sanchez, and of course Townes Van Zandt. Dobson knew where he belonged. "Songwriting", Dobson writes in his memoir, "was not so much a business as a way of life." In order to support himself, Dobson found a job as a bartender at Bishop's American Pub, which became one of the first open-mic places in Nashville. Players were allowed to perform three songs, with three free beers allowed to each musician, and a chance to pass the hat. The party would continue at a ramshackle house on Acklen Road long since demolished. It was in 1972 that Richard Dobson wrote one of his finest songs, Piece Of Wood And Steel, about his Martin D-18. David Allan Coe later recorded the song – and even claimed it as his own.

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Good Times 5/2015 "In makellosem Klang kommt jetzt die remasterte Wiederveröffentlichung auf CD daher, eine klasse Leistung, wenn man bedenkt, dass damals alle Songs in einem kleinen Studio in Austin mittels eines DAT-Recorders eingespielt wurden. Das dicke 46-Seiten-Booklet liefert Bear-Family-typisch die ausführliche Story, zahlreiche Bilder sowie alle Texte."

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