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Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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. ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624872825
  • Catalog Number: 48728
  • Sales rank: 11,741

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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