Amarillo Sky

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Nine years after their breakup, McBride & the Ride have reconvened on Amarillo Sky, and it's as if they never left. All but three of the songs here were penned by the band members -- Terry McBride, who wrote three chart-toppers for Brooks & Dunn during his sabbatical, Ray Herndon, and Billy Thomas -- and most center on the timeless topic of love. McBride and company's soaring harmonies are as exquisite as ever, with the frontman's crystal-clear tenor rising out of the mix to add a plaintive edge; the conviction and sensitivity behind the singing makes Amarillo Sky a rich and memorable vocal outing. The jauntiness propelling "Sure Feels like It" will bring a shock...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Nine years after their breakup, McBride & the Ride have reconvened on Amarillo Sky, and it's as if they never left. All but three of the songs here were penned by the band members -- Terry McBride, who wrote three chart-toppers for Brooks & Dunn during his sabbatical, Ray Herndon, and Billy Thomas -- and most center on the timeless topic of love. McBride and company's soaring harmonies are as exquisite as ever, with the frontman's crystal-clear tenor rising out of the mix to add a plaintive edge; the conviction and sensitivity behind the singing makes Amarillo Sky a rich and memorable vocal outing. The jauntiness propelling "Sure Feels like It" will bring a shock of recognition to anyone who knows the thrill of new love, whereas the urgency of McBride's lead on "Why Not Colorado" befits the tale of a man moving on to better days after a love affair's end. On an introspective note, the ballad "When Somebody Loves You" tells of a rambling man who suddenly finds the woman of his dreams and must choose between the road and her unconditional love. The tenderness in McBride's delivery, especially when he sails briefly into a falsetto cry over a steady wash of drums, robust guitar lines, and the soft moan of a pedal steel, makes no bones about where his heart's at. The icing on the cake here comes from the guys' randy, countrified take on Pete Townshend's "Squeeze Box" and from the populist title track, which offers a moving portrait of a farmer desperately trying to make ends meet. Welcome back, boys.
All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Nine years after their last outing, the trio reunites and, with help from a passel of Nashville aces, turns in a performance that sounds like they'd never taken a break. All but three of the tracks are original; a spirited cover of "Squeeze Box" proves that Pete Townshend could fit right in on Music Row if he had to. In its details and in the broad picture, Amarillo Sky is tight, seamless, a bit impersonal in the commercially acceptable sense, and chopped into radio-friendly bits; only one track tiptoes near five minutes in length. The album as a whole is concise even by LP-era measure. It is, in other words, emblematic of contemporary country music, no warts and all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • UPC: 803020112223
  • Catalog Number: 1122
  • Sales rank: 175,397

Album Credits

Performance Credits
McBride & the Ride Primary Artist
Terry McBride Indexed Contributor, Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Matt Rollings Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Sitar, Mellotron, Wurlitzer, Juno
Eric Darken Percussion
David Angell Violin
Ron Block Banjo
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Ray Herndon Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Gut String Guitar, Hi String
Jim Hoke Jew's Harp, Bass Harmonica
Gary Morse Steel Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson Violin, Viola
Billy Thomas Percussion, Drums, Maracas, Vocals
Technical Credits
McBride & the Ride Producer
Matt Rollings Producer, Engineer
Greg Droman Engineer
Mark Lambert Engineer
Mills Logan Engineer
Ken Love Mastering
Kristin Wilkinson String Arrangements
Patrick Murphy Engineer
Alex Chan Engineer
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