American by God's Amazing Grace

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It's unfortunate that Luke Stricklin will be pegged as a redneck right-wing reactionary, based on the title track to his debut, American by God's Amazing Grace, an Iraq war anthem written from a soldier's point of view "I really don't care why Bush went into Iraq/I know what I done there/And I'm damn sure proud of that", and based on the proudly anti-PC, Saddam-baiting, immigrant-baiting "Does That Make Me Bad?" "I think country singers/Oughta shut up and sing/But I hope they freakin' fry Saddam Hussein...And I think you ought to learn a little English/If you make America your home". Such sentiments will certainly get him noticed, particularly because the title ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's unfortunate that Luke Stricklin will be pegged as a redneck right-wing reactionary, based on the title track to his debut, American by God's Amazing Grace, an Iraq war anthem written from a soldier's point of view "I really don't care why Bush went into Iraq/I know what I done there/And I'm damn sure proud of that", and based on the proudly anti-PC, Saddam-baiting, immigrant-baiting "Does That Make Me Bad?" "I think country singers/Oughta shut up and sing/But I hope they freakin' fry Saddam Hussein...And I think you ought to learn a little English/If you make America your home". Such sentiments will certainly get him noticed, particularly because the title track is autobiographical, but there will be an audience who will peg him as just another run-of-the-mill country singer who's conservative in every sense of the word, from his politics to his music. And that's too bad, because American by God's Amazing Grace is a damn good hard country album, a very good debut from this Arkansas native. With his deep twang, Stricklin places himself in the tradition of Merle Haggard, Randy Travis, and Alan Jackson, cut with a little bit of the outlaw attitude of Hank Jr. and Waylon Jennings, and while that doesn't make for a new sound, there is a freshness to his music, thanks to both the sturdy songs, their clean, straightforward production, and the conviction in Stricklin's performance. There's nothing fancy about American by God's Amazing Grace, but in an age when country is either too campy, thanks to the Big & Rich Muzik Mafia, or way too earnest in adhering to country traditions, there's something refreshing about hearing Stricklin serving up straight-ahead country with heart and no frills. Get beyond the headline-grabbing sentiments of the opening two cuts, and you'll find one of the most satisfying country debuts of 2005.
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  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Cbuj Ent
  • UPC: 700255821527
  • Catalog Number: 8215

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luke Stricklin Primary Artist
Curtis Wright Background Vocals
Jimmy Carter Bass
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle
George Marinelli Electric Guitar
Mark Beckett Drums
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Jim "Moose" Brown Piano
Steven Sheehan Acoustic Guitar
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Richard Fagan Composer
Tony Martin Composer
Glenn Sutton Composer
George Teren Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Kim Williams Composer
Richie Brown Composer
Bart Busch overdub engineer
Wes Hightower Composer
Luke Wooten Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Tony Tuthill Executive Producer
Greg Gosselin Art Direction
Luke Stricklin Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will Brings Tears to Almost Any American's Eyes

    This song really makes you think about the sacrifice the soldiers who have gone over to Iraq have made. Some people have forgotten that they're over there fighting for what they believe, and I hear this song and I realize how fortunate and blessed I am to be American. This song is one every American and every soldier should hear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What an incredible song!

    I recently saw Luke Stricklin perform this song on The Early Show...gave me goosebumps -can wait to purchase it as a forever keepsake in honor of all the soldiers who put their lives at stake for us!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cynics of the music world unite

    Horrific and melodramatic material which would be well suited to the likes of Toby Keith. I appreciate Lukes sacrifice as a soldier, unfortunately as a musician he regurgitates every country cliche to man and manages to remain diconnected to his own lyrics. It is very sad that he received encouragement in his musical endevours, a memoir would be far less painful to endure. The song lyrics are nearly propaganda, I expect that my dissent will be considered political when the truth is much simpler Luke should stick to a gun/boots and leave the mic for the big boys!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Our Soldier's Song

    I heard the song on the NBC Today Show. My son LCPL Devon Seymour died in Iraq on June 9, 2005. If he could have written a song, that would have been it. Thanks Luke Stricklin!

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