Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill

Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill

by Blake Shelton
     
 

Loving, leaving, loafing, lamenting, liquoring up: Blake Shelton covers the essentials on Barn & Grill, an ingratiating collection of contemporary honky-tonk sketches, flavored with pedal steel, twanging guitar, and a touch of R&B. Almost all of the album's themes are covered in the Jimmy Buffett homage "Some Beach," which opensSee more details below

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Loving, leaving, loafing, lamenting, liquoring up: Blake Shelton covers the essentials on Barn & Grill, an ingratiating collection of contemporary honky-tonk sketches, flavored with pedal steel, twanging guitar, and a touch of R&B. Almost all of the album's themes are covered in the Jimmy Buffett homage "Some Beach," which opens the album with a hint of lilting tropicalia and a title that works both as epithet and fantasy destination in this scenario. Contrary to its title, the feisty shuffle "Cotton Pickin' Time" isn't about toiling in the fields but rather about sealing the deal, so to speak, with a bodacious Tupelo gal whom the narrator winds up marrying. "What's On My Mind" is a nicely turned mid-tempo honky-tonk to-do, rife with moaning pedal steel and protesting fiddle lines, from a man whose indecisiveness may cost him the apple of his eye. A chiming guitar sets up "The Bartender," an atmospheric country ballad about the fellow who sets up everybody else and recognizes them only by their choice of beverage and the sad stories that accompany their libations. Appropriately woozy, the off-kilter boozing song "I Drink" explains the narrator's self-defining choice in a torpid mix of twang and mocking pedal steel howls, as Shelton plays the part well with a drawling, lazy vocal in defense of his extending a family tradition. Settin' 'em up and knockin' 'em down with impunity, Shelton has populated this particular Barn & Grill with memorable, true-blue country tunes and multi-dimensional -- albeit bedeviled -- characters. It's quite a hangout.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Although he's delivered two promising albums, country singer Blake Shelton has had a bit of problem finding his own voice. On his first record, he was a hardcore country singer and on his second, 2003's The Dreamer, he tempered his country with anthemic heartland rock and contemporary Nashville songcraft. His third album, 2004's Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, finds a happy medium between the two extremes. While he can still delve a little too deeply into country corn -- especially on the ballads -- he finds a happy balance between Nashville craft and pure country, throwing a bit of everyman charm and a little of Kenny Chesney's Jimmy Buffett fixation into the mix as well. All of this makes Shelton a bit of an all-purpose contemporary country singer -- he can do it all from the honky tonk ("Cotton Pickin' Time") to the beach ("Some Beach") and everywhere in between -- but since most of Barn & Grill has its heart in hardcore country, it winds up as his best, most assured album to date.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624872825
catalogNumber:
48728
Rank:
30753

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blake Shelton   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Paul Overstreet   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Bobby Braddock   Synthesizer,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog
David Angell   Violin
David Davidson   Violin
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle,Soloist
Carl Jackson   Background Vocals
Terry McMillan   Harmonica,Jew's Harp,Human Whistle
Gordon Mote   Piano
Alison Prestwood   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mike Rojas   Piano
Brent Rowan   Bass,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ed Seay   Cymbals
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Violin,Cello,Viola
Curtis Young   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Byrd Burton   Acoustic Guitar
Melodie Crittenden   Background Vocals
Blue Miller   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tim Lauer   Conductor,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,5-string Banjo
Shawn Simpson   Shaker
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Cello
Danny Myrick   Background Vocals
Rachel Proctor   Vocal Harmony
Shannon Forest   Drums
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Lauderdale   Composer
Paul Overstreet   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Harley Allen   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Jim Dineen   Engineer
James Hicks   Composer
Terry McMillan   Whistle
Roger Murrah   Composer
Ed Seay   Engineer
Even Stevens   Composer
Philip White   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Michael McCall   grooming
Tim Lauer   String Arrangements
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Mary Gauthier   Composer
Crit Harmon   Composer
Blake Shelton   Composer
Jimmy Melton   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Tony Martin   Composer

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