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It Had to Happen
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Album: It Had to Happen
# Song Title   Time
1)    Paris
2)    Peter Pan
3)    For All I Know
4)    No More Buffalo
5)    12 O'Clock Whistle
6)    Sixty Acres
7)    Be With Me
8)    Wild Man from Borneo
9)    Stancliff's Lament
10)    Jaws of Life
 

Album: It Had to Happen
# Song Title   Time
1)    Paris
2)    Peter Pan
3)    For All I Know
4)    No More Buffalo
5)    12 O'Clock Whistle
6)    Sixty Acres
7)    Be With Me
8)    Wild Man from Borneo
9)    Stancliff's Lament
10)    Jaws of Life
 
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  • Personnel includes: James McMurtry (vocals, acoustic guitar, guitar, harmonica, bass, hand claps); Lloyd Maines (slide & lap steel guitars, tambourine, hand claps); Charlie Sexton (mandolin, bouzouki, background vocals); Lisa Mednick (accordion, keyboards); Ronnie Johnson (bass, background vocals, hand claps); Chris Searles (drums, percussion, hand claps); Mambo John Treanor (washboard); Randy Garibay Jr. (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Cedar Creek Recording Studios, Austin, Texas.
  • Personnel: James McMurtry (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica, claves, hand claps); Lloyd Maines (slide guitar, lap steel guitar, tambourine, hand claps); Charlie Sexton (bouzouki, mandolin, background vocals); Lisa Mednick (accordion, keyboards); Chris Searles (drums, hand claps, percussion); Ronnie Johnson (hand claps, background vocals); Randy Garibay, Jr. (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Fred Remmert.
  • Recording information: Cedar Creek Recording Studios, Austin, TX.
  • Photographers: Alan Pogue; Se¤or McGuire.
  • If this album's title is a reference to McMurtry's shift from Columbia to revered country/folk indie label Sugar Hill, it couldn't have happened to a better singer/songwriter. McMurtry's writing is more focused and hard-hitting than ever. While many of the songs break the six-minute mark, they never grow tiresome. Even though far too much is made of his lineage (he's novelist Larry McMurtry's son), McMurtry has surely inherited some of his father's gift for storytelling, and his deadpan delivery helps put the songs over in a visceral way, with a minimum of sentimentality.
  • Buoyed by a cast of Texas all-stars including Lloyd Maines, Lisa Mednick and Charlie Sexton, IT HAD TO HAPPEN boasts a direct, unfussy production approach that is the perfect complement to McMurtry's tales of disaffection and endless struggle for connection. McMurtry proves himself to be a highly evolved songsmith with a message well worth hearing.
Professional Reviews
Option (9-10/97, p.106) - "...IT HAD TO HAPPEN broadens his palette but is no less intimate for the added colors. Twangy guitars, exotic sprinklings of percussion and Cajun instrumentation add exotic flair to the album's Southwestern grit, heightening the hooks that were always present..."
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