Cody McCarver [Reissue]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Confederate Railroad may be a Southern rock band, but on his own, keyboard player Cody McCarver aims at the mainstream of contemporary country on his self-titled album. McCarver has a resonant tenor-baritone and a Tennessee Southern accent, and the songs sound like Hank Williams, Jr. castoffs, full of braggadocio ("Country Badass" is one title) and tough-guy heartbreak. His only songwriting contribution is the leadoff track, "Through God's Eyes," which has the advantage of some real autobiography (like one of the characters in it, McCarver's father was jailed for murdering his wife's lover), but still comes across as simpleminded Southern homespun philosophy. Recording...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Confederate Railroad may be a Southern rock band, but on his own, keyboard player Cody McCarver aims at the mainstream of contemporary country on his self-titled album. McCarver has a resonant tenor-baritone and a Tennessee Southern accent, and the songs sound like Hank Williams, Jr. castoffs, full of braggadocio ("Country Badass" is one title) and tough-guy heartbreak. His only songwriting contribution is the leadoff track, "Through God's Eyes," which has the advantage of some real autobiography (like one of the characters in it, McCarver's father was jailed for murdering his wife's lover), but still comes across as simpleminded Southern homespun philosophy. Recording at the Capitol Tower in Los Angeles, McCarver does give his take to some slightly pop-oriented material, including the celebrity-conscious "Sunset Boulevard" and two songs directly adapted from the pop
ock realm. He's one for two in those selections. "Chosen One," aka the theme from The Sopranos, with its opening lines, "Woke up this morning/Got yourself a gun," seems custom-made for a country treatment and works well. But Rod Stewart's icky '70s seduction ballad "Tonight's the Night" is no less icky as sung by McCarver. That's it for the innovations here. But this album serves as a reminder that, anytime Toby Keith gets tired of working, there's someone waiting in the wings. [The album was reissued in 2009.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923476320
  • Catalog Number: 4763
  • Sales rank: 383,490

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Through God's Eyes (4:14)
  2. 2 Red Flag (3:26)
  3. 3 Chosen One (3:33)
  4. 4 Sunset (5:54)
  5. 5 Look What You've Done (3:20)
  6. 6 Country Badass (4:05)
  7. 7 It Should've Been Me (3:59)
  8. 8 White Trash With Money (2:52)
  9. 9 Tonight's The Night (4:11)
  10. 10 Hard To Be Honest (3:30)
  11. 11 The Cure (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cody McCarver Primary Artist
Paul Bushnell Bass
Matt Chamberlain Drums
George Doering Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Danny Parks Electric Guitar
Dan Petty Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jimmy Dormire Electric Guitar
Joey Waronker Drums
Danny Shirley Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jeff Babko Keyboards
Tommy Farragher Bass
Technical Credits
Rod Stewart Composer
Walt Aldridge Composer
Joe Chiccarelli Engineer
Dan Mitchell Producer
Csaba Petocz Producer
Mike Reid Composer
Chris Rowe Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Tom Hambridge Composer
Danny Shirley Composer
Andrew Dorff Composer
John Saylor Engineer
Shane Minor Composer
Buck Moore Composer
Aldo Ruggiero Engineer
Cody McCarver Composer, Producer
Bart Allmand Composer
John Ramey Composer
Sean Truskowski Engineer
Jeffery Steele Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
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