Barely Famous Hits

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Warren Brothers have a lean and clean rootsy sound, craft solid songs, harmonize sweetly, and have an appealingly self-deprecating sense of humor. They're even engaging on TV, where they have their own reality series, Barely Famous, on CMT and have judged on Nashville Star. So why aren't they more compelling on record? It's the same problem that plagues many Music City behind-the-scenes pros -- they have the skills and talent, but they don't have the presence that makes them recording stars. BNA/RCA Records tried to make the duo into stars at the turn of the millennium, but the public wasn't biting, as their singles and albums stalled in the middle of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Warren Brothers have a lean and clean rootsy sound, craft solid songs, harmonize sweetly, and have an appealingly self-deprecating sense of humor. They're even engaging on TV, where they have their own reality series, Barely Famous, on CMT and have judged on Nashville Star. So why aren't they more compelling on record? It's the same problem that plagues many Music City behind-the-scenes pros -- they have the skills and talent, but they don't have the presence that makes them recording stars. BNA/RCA Records tried to make the duo into stars at the turn of the millennium, but the public wasn't biting, as their singles and albums stalled in the middle of the charts. The label responded by dumping the brothers, but Nashville survivors that they are, they soldiered on, eventually scoring the TV gigs in the mid-2000s that helped turn them into country stars and, in turn, prompted the summer 2005 release of Barely Famous Hits, a compilation of 12 highlights from their three albums released between 1998 and 2004. Not all their charting singles are here, nor are all the good moments from their full-lengths, but most of the good stuff is here -- enough to be a representative compilation, a good introduction to the duo, one that will satisfy fans of the TV series. But for those who aren't familiar with Barely Famous, this cash-in comp -- which admittedly is one of the few times a cash-in is truly warranted -- is kind of puzzling. It's good, sturdy contemporary country, well-constructed, slickly played, occasionally pretty funny as on "Sell a Lot of Beer," the best tune here, but it never is gripping. These are songs and performances that beg to be delivered by somebody with true on-record charisma -- somebody like Warren Brothers friend Tim McGraw, or even Dierks Bentley. Without that kind of forceful singer, the Warren Brothers' music is pleasant, but a little flat -- which may explain why they didn't have hits prior to being on TV, as well as explaining why their new fans are more forgiving of these polished, well-made, and rather predictable recordings. After all, now that the Warren Brothers are nearly famous, they're familiar, and fans are much more likely to accept such straight-ahead, nearly generic stuff like this from an act they already know. So, Nashville Star doesn't just work for the contestants, it works for the judges too! Just don't think that this is anywhere near as good as Miranda Lambert's Kerosene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/2/2005
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 828767026824
  • Catalog Number: 70268
  • Sales rank: 192,701

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Change (2:53)
  2. 2 What We Can't Have (4:04)
  3. 3 Greyhound Bus (3:56)
  4. 4 Guilty (4:03)
  5. 5 Come Back (5:00)
  6. 6 Where Does It Hurt (4:04)
  7. 7 Waiting for the Light to Change (3:45)
  8. 8 Move on (3:15)
  9. 9 Hey Mr. President (4:17)
  10. 10 Sell a Lot of Beer (4:04)
  11. 11 King of Nothing (4:27)
  12. 12 That's the Beat of a Heart (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Warren Brothers Primary Artist
Ronn Huff Conductor
Benmont Tench Keyboards
Bruce Bouton Pedal Steel Guitar, Keyboards, Lap Steel Guitar
Mike Brignardello Bass
Luke Bulla Violin
Paul Bushnell Bass
Shannon Forrest Percussion, Drums
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Byron Gallimore Synthesizer Strings
Tony Harrell Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
John Hobbs Piano, Keyboards
Chris McHugh Percussion, Drums
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
The Nashville String Machine Strings
Steve Nathan Synthesizer, Piano, Synthesizer Strings
Darrell Scott Bouzouki, Dobro, Mandolin
Jonathan Yudkin Cello
Chris Farren Keyboards, Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Tom Bukovac Acoustic Guitar
Dave Berg Vocals
Rob Stoney Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Brad Warren Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Brett Warren Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
LeAnn Phelan Vocals, Background Vocals
Georgia Middleman Vocals
Michael Daly Pedal Steel Guitar
Stephen E. Byam Pedal Steel Guitar
Angelo Collura Percussion, Drums
Jennie Hoeft Percussion, Drums
Mike Holder Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Marty McIntosh Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Eric Borash Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
James House Composer
Tim Heintz Composer
Danny Wilde Composer
Ronn Huff String Arrangements
Tim McGraw Producer
Benmont Tench Composer
Tena Clark Composer
Don Cobb Mastering
Byron Gallimore Producer
Paul Hart Producer, Audio Production
Jay Joyce Producer
Chris Farren Producer
The Warren Brothers Audio Production
Dave Berg Composer
Eric Conn Mastering
Brad Warren Composer, Producer
Katherine Stratton Art Direction
Astrid Herbold May Cover Design
Tom Douglas Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not just an opening act

    The Warren Brothers are a great act with great music. It is too bad, they have not been embraced by Nashville and given the credit they deserve.

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