Jack Ingram

Texas platters

Phases and Stages

Jack Ingram

Live Wherever You Are (Big Machine)

Jack Ingram's debut for Toby Keith's new label is a curious disc. Live Wherever You Are is basically the Live at Gruene Hall set Ingram released on his own in 2004, bracketed by two new studio tracks and a performance recorded for CMT's Outlaws 2005 TV special. From someone who, according to the bio, claims a "commitment to honesty and intelligence in his music," this smells like "product" rather than commitment (from the aptly named "Big Machine," no less), especially since Ingram hasn't released an album of new music since 2002's well-received Electric. Musically, the Gruene Hall portion of the disc is jammed with crowd-pleasers like the anthemic "Work this Out," sentimental "Goodnight Moon," silly sing-along "Barbie Doll," and a muscular take of Waylon Jennings' "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line." The title track, one of the new recordings, is driving jangle reminiscent of Radney Foster, but "Never Knocked Me Down" from the CMT special is Eighties album rock that could have come from Toto. Live at Gruene Hall remains an appealing introduction to Ingram's brand of Texas style country, better not to have messed with it.

**

Got opinions about bands, clubs, performers, and everything else good in Austin? Let your voice be heard in our annual Best of Austin ballot. Voting is open now!

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Scott H. Biram & Jesse Dayton
"Monkey David Wine" b / w "Single Again" (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Aug. 16, 2019

Texas Platters
Cactus Lee
Cactus Lee, Texas Yard Sale (Record Review)

Kevin Curtin, Aug. 16, 2019

More by Jim Caligiuri
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Her father's death and daughter's birth upped the stakes of the singer's finest work

April 14, 2017

SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
Soft Boys, Youngbloods, Moby Grape, Brian Jones’ grandson, etc.

March 18, 2017

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Time to vote! Best of Austin 2019 balloting is underway   VOTE NOW