1977 Hoyt Axton – Road Songs

Hoyt Wayne Axton (March 25, 1938 – October 26, 1999) was an American folk music singer-songwriter, and a film and television actor. Hoyt Axton became prominent in the early 1960s, establishing himself on the West Coast as a folk singer with an earthy style and powerful voice. As he matured, some of his songwriting became well known throughout the world. Among them were “Joy to the World”, “The Pusher”, “No No Song”, “Greenback Dollar”, and “Never Been to Spain”.

Hoyt Axton had many minor singing hits of his own, such as “Boney Fingers”, “When the Morning Comes”, and 1979’s “Della and the Dealer”, as well as “Jealous Man” (the latter two he sang in a guest appearance on WKRP in Cincinnati). His vocal style featured his distinctive bass-baritone (which later deepened to near-bass) and use of characterization.

Tracks

1  No No Song (Hoyt Axton, David P Jackson) 2:34
2  Boney Fingers (Hoyt Axton) 3:08
3 In A Young Girl’s Mind (Hoyt Axton, Mark Dawson) 3:29
4 Telephone Booth (Hoyt Axton) 3:30
5 Paid In Advance (Hoyt Axton) 2:30
6 Lion In The Winter (Hoyt Axton) 3:23
7 I Love To Sing (Bob Lind) 1:55
8 When The Morning Comes (Hoyt Axton) 3:31
9 Lay, Lady, Lay (Bob Dylan) 3:07
10 Sweet Misery (Hoyt Axton) 3:25
11 Flash Of Fire (Hoyt Axton, Catherine Smith) 2:46
12 Less Than The Song (Hoyt Axton) 3:03

Media

Musicians

1 No No Song

BassEmory Gordy
DrumsMike Botts
GuitarHoyt Axton
PianoDavid Jackson
TrumpetGustavo Ramos
TrumpetFrancisco Arrelano


2 Boney Fingers

BassEmory Gordy
DrumsSammy Creason
GuitarJames Burton
Acoustic GuitarHoyt Axton
Pedal Steel GuitarRed Rhodes
PianoMike Utley
VocalsRenee Armand
Background VocalsRenee Armand
Background VocalsRenee Blakley


3 In A Young Girl’s Mind

BassMax Bennett
DrumsMike Botts
GuitarJeff Baxter
Acoustic GuitarHoyt Axton
Acoustic GuitarMark Dawson
HarpRoger Johnson


4 Telephone Booth

BassDavid Jackson
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarJames Burton
Acoustic GuitarHoyt Axton
PianoLoren Newkirk
HarpMark Dawson


5 Paid In Advance

BassLarry Carlton
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarLarry Carlton
GuitarJames Burton
GuitarBen Benay
PianoLarry Muhoberac
HarpMark Dawson
Background VocalsNicolette Larson
Background VocalsMark Dawson
Background VocalsCathy Smith


6 Lion In The Winter

BassJerry Scheff
DrumsMike Botts
GuitarJames Burton
Acoustic GuitarDick Rosmini
PianoGeorge Clinton
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


7 I Love To Sing

DrumsMike Botts
PianoGeorge Clinton
HarpRoger Johnson
TubaJerry Scheff
TromboneDick Hyde
ClarinetJohnny Rotella
PercussionGail Davies


8 When The Morning Comes

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsSammy Creason
Pedal Steel GuitarRalph Mooney
Acoustic GuitarHoyt Axton
PianoMike Utley
VocalsLinda Ronstadt


9 Lay, Lady, Lay

BassJerry Scheff
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarLarry Carlton
GuitarDean Parks
Steel GuitarHank DeVito
PianoMichael Omartian
PianoJoe Sample
PercussionGary Coleman
Background VocalsNicolette Larson
Background VocalsCathy Smith
Background VocalsMark Dawson
Background VocalsMarc Edelstein
Background VocalsTeda Bracci


10 Sweet Misery

BassTim Drummond
DrumsKarl Hummel
GuitarRon Cornelius
GuitarMac Gaydon
Acoustic GuitarHoyt Axton
PianoBob Wilson
HarmonicaEd Kollis
Background VocalsDana Brady
Background VocalsClaudia Linnear
Background VocalsDonna Washburn
Background VocalsDonna Weiss
Background VocalsLinda Ronstadt


11 Flash Of Fire

BassLarry Carlton
DrumsMike Botts
GuitarLarry Carlton
Steel GuitarHank DeVito
KeyboardsGeorge Clinton
ClarinetTom Scott
TromboneErnie Carlson
Background VocalsNicolette Larson
Background VocalsMark Dawson
Background VocalsWilliam Griffin
Background VocalsWarren Moore
Background VocalsRobert Rogers
Background VocalsRonald White


12 Less Than The Song

BassTim Drummond
DrumsKarl Hummel
GuitarRon Cornelius
GuitarMac Gaydon
Acoustic GuitarHoyt Axton
PianoBob Wilson
HarmonicaEd Kollis
Background VocalsDana Brady
Background VocalsClaudia Linnear
Background VocalsDonna Washburn
Background VocalsDonna Weiss
Background VocalsLinda Ronstadt

Liner Notes

Producer – David Kerschenbaum (Tracks 5, 9, 11)
Producer – Hoyt Axton, Henry Lewy (Tracks 1, 3, 6)
Producer – Allan McDougall, Hoyt Axton (Tracks 2, 4, 8)
Producer – Bob Johnsson (Tracks 10, 12)
Recorded By – Frank DeLuna

Art Direction – Roland Young
Design – Chuck Beeson
Photography, Cover – Neal Preston
Road Scenes – Ed Simpson, Jim McCrary
Illustration – S Carver.

Re-Mastered at A&M Recording Studios