STAFF PICK "While most folks know Randy for having a friend from a nineties movie, Newman had a completely underrated career well before his mainstream success. Albums starting in 1968 packed with cynical self sabotaging songs, his fourth and first charting album is a good place to pickup on the irony." Brent
Good Old Boys is Newman’s fourth studio album on Reprise Records, released September 10, 1974. It was his first album to obtain major commercial success, peaking at number 36 on the Billboard 200. The premiere live performance of the album took place at Symphony Hall in Atlanta in October of 1974, with guest Ry Cooder and Newman conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Good Old Boys was initially envisioned as a concept album about a character named Johnny Cutler, an everyman from the Deep South. Newman made a demo of these songs on Feb 1, 1973, and they were eventually released as the bonus CD for the 2002 reissue of the record, titled Johnny Cutler’s Birthday. These demos make their vinyl debut in this expanded 2LP set.
As on Newman’s previous release, he addresses generally taboo topics such as slavery and racism, most stringently on the opening track, Rednecks, a simultaneous satire on institutional racism in the south and the hypocrisy of the northern states in response.
A4. Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man)
B1. Louisiana 1927
B2. Every Man A King (Huey P. Long)
B4. Naked Man
B5. A Wedding In Cherokee Country
B6. Back On My Feet Again
B8. Marie (demo)
[Johnny Cutler’s Birthday Bonus Tracks]
C2. If We Didn’t Have Jesus
C4. The Joke
C6. My Daddy Knew Dixie Howell
D3. Good Morning
D4. Birmingham Redux
D5. Doctor, Doctor
D6. Albanian Anthem