Cannonball

Cannonball

by Pat Green
     
 

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Pat Green's music can be described as one part Texas singer/songwriter and one part arena-friendly pop
ock with a rootsy twist, sort of a fusion of Robert Earl Keen and Hootie & the Blowfish, which might sound like a slight until you consider the level of craft both acts put into their music.…  See more details below

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Pat Green's music can be described as one part Texas singer/songwriter and one part arena-friendly pop
ock with a rootsy twist, sort of a fusion of Robert Earl Keen and Hootie & the Blowfish, which might sound like a slight until you consider the level of craft both acts put into their music. Pat Green became a major star in Texas on the strength of his engaging live show and a handful of self-released and distributed albums he made in the '90s, but he hasn't been able to conquer the record business nationwide with quite the same panache as he did in the Lone Star State, and Cannonball, his fourth major label effort (and tenth overall) finds him shifting gears a bit as he jumps from Universal to his new corporate home at BNA/BMG. While Green's tales of life in Regular Guy Land cover the same sort of territory as usual -- love that feels really good when it works, love that feels kinda sad when it doesn't, and life with his buddies and family below the Mason Dixon line -- Green has a noticeably harder rock & roll edge than in the past (or least what passes for a rock & roll edge in mainstream country), and his vocals suggest he's been listening to a lot of classic heartland rock these days (which, since he's working with the producer who made some of John Mellencamp's best records, makes sense). Green has the voice and personality to make the more direct approach work, his band seems to enjoy having the opportunity to tear a little deeper into the material, and "Virginia Belle" is a great single that suggests Counting Crows on a vacation in Texas (which in this case is a good thing). But most of the time, Cannonball loses a share of the easygoing charm and simple emotional clarity that's marked Green's best work, and the greater warmth and friendliness of his earlier material is missed. Cannonball is still the work of a singer and songwriter who put a lot of sweat and honest labor into this album, and the effort isn't wasted, but Green's music here lacks some of the small-town humanity that made him memorable in the first place; a turn of events that might make some fans uneasy.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2006
Label:
Bna Entertainment
UPC:
0828768458327
catalogNumber:
84583

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pat Green   Primary Artist
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
John Hobbs   Piano,Hammond Organ
Greg Morrow   Drums
Herb Pedersen   Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Strings,Violin
Michael Daly   Steel Guitar
Justin Andrew Pollard   Percussion,Tambourine

Technical Credits

Matraca Berg   Composer
Radney Foster   Composer
Steve Beers   Engineer
Mark Dearnley   Engineer
Don Gehman   Producer
Pat Green   Composer
John Hobbs   Music Direction
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
David Neuhauser   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Michael McCall   grooming
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Patrick Davis   Composer
Leslie Richter   Engineer
Brett Danaher   Composer
Chris Masterson   Composer
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes
Justin Andrew Pollard   Composer,Producer

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