Back in the Saddle

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Chris Cagle's Capitol contract ran out after 2008's My Life's Been a Country Song -- a hits summary arrived two years later -- and three years later the country singer went independent, signing with the Bigger Picture Music Group in 2011 and issuing Back in the Saddle a year later. As the title makes plain, Cagle is positioning this as a comeback and he returns to hard country, at least in theme. There are plenty of songs about god, country, mama, cowgirls, and whiskey, all the standard tropes, all delivered in a polished package that doesn't bring to mind the Johnny Cash he's "rolling and bumping" on the opening "Got My Country On." There are a couple fiddles ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Chris Cagle's Capitol contract ran out after 2008's My Life's Been a Country Song -- a hits summary arrived two years later -- and three years later the country singer went independent, signing with the Bigger Picture Music Group in 2011 and issuing Back in the Saddle a year later. As the title makes plain, Cagle is positioning this as a comeback and he returns to hard country, at least in theme. There are plenty of songs about god, country, mama, cowgirls, and whiskey, all the standard tropes, all delivered in a polished package that doesn't bring to mind the Johnny Cash he's "rolling and bumping" on the opening "Got My Country On." There are a couple fiddles on "Just Enough," but these 11 songs are all rocking country that's gotten just a little bit long in the tooth, holding on to the blasting guitar riffs and power ballads of '90s crossover but delivering them on a slightly smaller scale. Everything sounds the teensiest bit diminished, as if it's waiting for another layer of gloss or at least a second set of overdubs, but Cagle also feels rather comfortable in this relatively modest setting. A bit older and a bit slower, he's facing his forties not by abandoning his crossover sound but rather by digging roots, giving himself the leeway to not try so hard anymore. Perhaps he may have been better served by a more adventurous set of songs or subjects but he feels friendly and comfortable here, happy to get back to the business of making music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2012
  • Label: Bigger Picture Group
  • UPC: 093624953319
  • Catalog Number: 529297
  • Sales rank: 30,803

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Cagle Primary Artist
Gary Prim Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell Drums
Dan Dugmore Dobro, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Guitar (Resonator)
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Paul Leim Drums
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Glenn Worf Bass
Bobby Terry Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Robert Bailey Jr. Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Andy Leftwich Fiddle, Mandolin
D. Vincent Williams Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Lowery Engineer
Dennis Matkosky Composer
Melissa Pierce Composer
Keith Stegall Producer
Jason Lehning Engineer
Kim Tribble Composer
Jim Beavers Composer
Casey Beathard Composer
Chris Cagle Composer
Ashe Underwood Composer
Brad Warren Composer
Brett Warren Composer
Danny Myrick Composer
Matt Rovey Engineer
Jason Kyle Engineer
Matt Coles Engineer
Justin Weaver Composer
D. Vincent Williams Composer, Producer
Jonathan Singleton Composer
Kelly Archer Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Phillip White Composer
Dallas Davidson Composer
Clay Mills Composer
Austin Hale Illustrations
Justin Wilson Composer
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