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Akra All Stars
Various Artists
Akra All Stars
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #1

These all-stars from now-defunct indie Okra Records aren't household names. On loan from their regular teams, Ricky Barnes (of the Hoot Owls) and Hank McCoy (a Dead Ringer) plus roots-rockers Dave Schramm (of the Schramms)...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Akra All Stars
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Innerstate
Release Date: 8/17/1999
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Style: Americana
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 714288700322, 4011760087121, 669910128954

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These all-stars from now-defunct indie Okra Records aren't household names. On loan from their regular teams, Ricky Barnes (of the Hoot Owls) and Hank McCoy (a Dead Ringer) plus roots-rockers Dave Schramm (of the Schramms) and Jeb Loy Nichols (former Fellow Traveler, now a solo act) field a formidable, memorable country band. Alternating between sleek two-steppers and hootenanny country rockers, the nine originals here are all accomplished, although Nichols's "Blue Sides to Every Story"--such a dead-on country & western weeper that it could've been written 30 years ago--particularly stands out. But it's the six steel-guitar-backed covers that really shine, highlighting gems from Buck to the Louvins and climaxing with a "Purple Rain" so twangy it'll make you swear Prince should really be remembered as the Artist Formerly Known as Hank. --David Cantwell
 

CD Reviews

Okra All Amazing
04/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first picked this up on a trip to Europe in 1994. It had fascinated me at the time that Germany would be hip to the American "alt-country" and "neo-folk" movement while the typical American music fan still had to wait another three years for it to happen. Today (in 2001), there are many out there who try like hell to capture the realism and sweetness this record always had. It's time it was given its due! The music is as authentic and insightful as any classic country song ever was. If you don't believe me, you only need to check out Hank McCoy's "New Orleans". What a stunner!"