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BR5-49

BR5-49

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If you're hungry for old-time country music that's equally at home at a roadhouse or at the Opry, look no further than BR5-49's first full-length album. This quintet of esrtwhile rockers became legendary in Nashville for their marathon sets at Robert's Western Wear (across the street from the infamous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on lower Broadway) that demonstrated their

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If you're hungry for old-time country music that's equally at home at a roadhouse or at the Opry, look no further than BR5-49's first full-length album. This quintet of esrtwhile rockers became legendary in Nashville for their marathon sets at Robert's Western Wear (across the street from the infamous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on lower Broadway) that demonstrated their encyclopedic knowledge of country music. But BR5-49 is no retro-styled cabaret act; they approach country classics with a healthy respect and a keen sense of humor. Their hit version of Moon Mullican's "Cherokee Boogie" is an infectious rockabilly workout, and they maintain the original spirit of Ray Price's "Crazy Arms," Gram Parsons's "Hickory Wind," and Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce's "I Ain't Never." The group has originals that more than hold their own, especially the jumping "Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts)," which describes a punk rocker's conversion to country music ("She only shows her tattoos one at a time"). Likewise, singer Chuck Mead's Tex-Mex-flavored "Chains of This Town" and Gary Bennett's "Are You Gettin' Tired of Me" are potential instant classics. Traditionalism feels good in these fellows' hands, because they infuse it with some rockabilly sock and bring along a passel of powerhouse songs that they play and sing with the authority of old masters.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
BR5-49 was hardly the first retro-country act to emerge in the 1990s, but as one of the first trad-style C&W bands to gain a following (and a major label contract) in Nashville for nearly 20 years, they suggested that in the midst of Garth-mania there were still folks in Music City hungry for some down-home twang in the classic style, which made country music a phenomenon in the first place. BR5-49's self-titled debut album may lack a bit of the grit and high spirits of their live show (either as witnessed in person or as preserved on the Live at Robert's EP), but it does a great job of capturing this band's spunky attitude and superb chops, and makes clear they can write original songs just as well as they can give new life to classics by Moon Mullican and Ray Price. While a few tunes like "Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts)" play to the slightly kitschy side of the group's collective personality, "Even if It's Wrong," "One Long Saturday Night," and "Lifetime to Prove" testify that BR5-49 truly respect classic country music, and write songs as smart and heartfelt as the classics they cover. And boy, can they play -- Don Herron shines on every instrument he touches (including fiddle, steel guitar, and mandolin), Shaw "Hawk Shaw" Wilson and Smilin' Jay McDowell are a superbly uncluttered rhythm section, and Gary Bennett and Chuck Mead can pick just as well as they harmonize (and that's mighty fine indeed). Adding a here-and-now energy and drive to classic styles of the past, BR5-49 proves you can not only have it both ways, but have a great time to boot.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/1996
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0078221881821
catalogNumber:
18818
Rank:
73781

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

BR5-49   Primary Artist
Gary Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Hawk Shaw Wilson   Drums,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Chuck Mead   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Don Herron   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Group Member
Mike Janas   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,6-string bass
Smilin' Jay McDowell   Upright Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Mel Tillis   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Bob Buchanan   Composer
Ralph Mooney   Composer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Gary Bennett   Composer
Chuck Mead   Composer
Mike Janas   Producer,Engineer
Jozef Nuyens   Producer
Chuck Seals   Composer
Buck Peddy   Composer
A. R. Peddy   Composer

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