Brand New Me

Brand New Me

by John Michael Montgomery
     
 
Despite John Michael Montgomery's 14 No. 1 hits, Brand New Me finds the artist living up to the album title, digging deeper for something new to say instead of falling back on tried-and-true formulas. Not that his familiar bluesy, rocking side is on hiatus; the furious title track lays that notion to rest even as it states the artist's renewed sense of purpose

Overview

Despite John Michael Montgomery's 14 No. 1 hits, Brand New Me finds the artist living up to the album title, digging deeper for something new to say instead of falling back on tried-and-true formulas. Not that his familiar bluesy, rocking side is on hiatus; the furious title track lays that notion to rest even as it states the artist's renewed sense of purpose. Elsewhere on the album, though, Montgomery deals in some surprisingly serious, mature lyrical content. The first single, "The Little Girl," is a haunting ballad of renewal and redemption, and figures to be one of the most talked-about country songs of the year, its straightforward storytelling and Montgomery's reportorial delivery avoiding maudlin sentiment (It doesn't hurt to have Alison Krauss contributing heartbreaking harmonies, either.) "Thanks For the G Chord" is a warm-hearted appreciation of the enduring values bequeathed to him by his patient parents. "I Love It All" closes the album with a taught declaration of the artist's never-ending affection for the road, with soaring Skynyrd-like guitar lines evoking the fevered pitch of a show and a frenzied crowd's cry for more. Give it a listen, and you'll learn a lot about this much-honored artist you've never heard in his music before.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
Montgomery's eighth album Brand New Me will no doubt meet with the same kind of success many of his storytelling songs like "Hello L-O-V-E" and "Home to You" have before. But songs that tell a story and tug at the heartstrings are what he's about. And there isn't much that differs on this album from anything you've heard from Montgomery before. Produced by Buddy Cannon, Norrow Wilson, and Montgomery himself, fans will surely enjoy "Bus to Birmingham," a touching ballad about a man who has to let the love of his life go; "Even Then," another moving ballad about a man who can't love his partner enough; and, for fans looking for the upbeat Montgomery that gave you previous hits like "Sold!" and "Cowboy Love," there's the likable "Brand New Me" and the catchy ditty "That's What I Like About You."

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678337826
catalogNumber:
83378
Rank:
304565

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Michael Montgomery   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Alison Krauss   Background Vocals
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Melonie Cannon   Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
John Hobbs   Organ,Piano
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Randy McCormick   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Bobby Ogdin   Organ,Piano
Dale Oliver   Electric Guitar
Larry Paxton   Bass Guitar
Dan Tyminski   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Tommy White   Steel Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Blair Daly   Background Vocals
Garnet Imes   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders   Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Graham Lewis   Engineer
Bob Bullock   Engineer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Mark Capps   Engineer
Jim Cotton   Engineer
John Michael Montgomery   Producer
Billy Sherrill   Engineer
Norro Wilson   Producer
Jason Piske   Engineer
Angela Haglund   Art Direction
John Saylor   Engineer
Jason Breckling   Engineer

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