Ronnie Fauss tells the story of the title of I Am The Man You Know I'm Not, why he covered Gram Parsons, and watching the Old 97's' record. Ronnie Fauss also plays three tracks from I Am The Man You Know I'm Not.
Silver Lining / Truth & Salvage Company / Pick Me Up / 2:40
Troubled Times / Tim Easton / Not Cool / 2:13
Shape of Blues to Come / Too Slim & The Taildraggers / Blue Heart / 4:33
Late For My Funeral / Mike Stinson / Hell And Half Of Georgia / 4:34
Last Goodbye / The Coal Men / Escalator / 2:44
It Ain't Alright With Me / The Whiskey Bottles / Grandville / 3:50
Steal My Heart / The Coals / A Happy Animal / 2:59
Dallas / The O's / Thunderdog / 3:11
My Girl Josephine / Fats Domino / Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleans / 2:07
Ronnie Fauss talks tells the story about album title, “I Am The Man You Know I'm Not.” He says it's it's based on an argument that he had with a friend who told him, “You're not the man I though you were.” And to try to derail the argument, Ronnie responded, “I Am The Man You Know I'm Not.” Ronnie liked the line and kept if for the album title.
Ronnie Fauss sets up “Pretty Nice Night For A Houston.” He says this is one of the more literal songs on the album. He grew up in Houston, but lives in Dallas. Recently he was back in Houston, sitting on a patio late at night and it was still about 99 degreed Fahrenheit and he actually had the thought, “this is a pretty nice night for a Houston.”
[Calvin plays “Pretty Nice Night For Houston” from I Am The Man You Know I'm Not by Ronnie Fauss.]
Ronnie Fauss runs through the line up. Ronnie says Sigurdur Birkis was his partner-in-crime and producer on the project. Ronnie had opened for Will Hoge when they came through Dallas and he hit it off with “Siggy.” So he recruited “pretty much the rhythm section and guitar” from Hoge's bad to play for him on the album. They did the basic tracking in Dallas and added some of the other parts in Nashville.
Ronnie sets up “The Last.” He says “this is the least rock & roll song you can write. It's about monogamy.”
[Calvin plays “The Last” from I Am The Man You I'm Not by Ronnie Fauss.]
Ronnie says “The Last” came from about four years ago. A friend of his was helping produce and Old 97's album and Ronnie got to sit in on the recording process for the album. He got so inspired by the experience and went home and wrote that song. Ronnie also says “The Last” was picked up by the TV show, “Heart Of Dixie.”
Ronnie talks about Steve Earle and Gram Parsons being the key influences in his music. He says he's read the biographies of each of them. He also cites John Prine as a key influence for song writing. He talks about their lyrically smart songs.
Ronnie Fauss sets up his cover of the Gram Parson's tune. “Sin City.” He said that this song has been a lightning rod on the album. He says he's been criticized for covering such a canonized song. On the other hand, some people say the track made the album into a great album. Lilly Hiatt adds the backing vocals.
[Calvin plays Gram Parson's song “Sin City” performed by Ronnie Fauss from I Am The Man You Know I'm Not.”]
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