Country Hits 2006

Country Hits 2006

     
 
Country Hits 2006 -- subtitled "The Best of New Country" -- contains cuts from the albums that hitmakers and up-and-comers released in 2005. There aren't singles here, but that's just fine. The reason is simply that one of the things Nash Vegas does best in the era of new country is craft albums the way rock & roll producers did in the 1970s and '80s. These

Overview

Country Hits 2006 -- subtitled "The Best of New Country" -- contains cuts from the albums that hitmakers and up-and-comers released in 2005. There aren't singles here, but that's just fine. The reason is simply that one of the things Nash Vegas does best in the era of new country is craft albums the way rock & roll producers did in the 1970s and '80s. These sets are crafted to go no less than four singles deep. And that's a plus for consumers. It's also interesting in an overview like this to see where the music has been, where it is now, and where it seems to be going. There are a few tunes here that signify going back to earlier eras, such as the blend of heavy rock & roll with truck driving country in "I'm a Road Hammer" by the Road Hammers and Paul Brandt's "Convoy." There are some fine cuts by veterans here, such as Terri Clark's "The World Needs a Drink" and "He Gets That from Me" by Reba McEntire, who made a comeback in 2005, and by the new hats on the block, like Gary Allan with his suggestive "Nothing on But the Radio." And, of course, would any country compilation be complete without a cut from Big & Rich? Their hilarious "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" is here, and their blend of hard rock, bluegrass and backwoods swampy country (à la Tony Joe White, who they owe a great debt to) is simply irresistible. Kid Rock's been trying to move in this direction for some time, but this pair has got the market covered with distorted fiddle and a metal guitar solo, an upfront banjo and acoustic guitars digging deep into a blues groove, and an imitation hip-hop backbeat. Lee Ann Womack also makes an appearance here with the beautiful ballad "I May Hate Myself in the Morning," and also featured are Joe Nichols' two-stepping "What's a Guy Gotta Do" and the sultry country-pop of "Red Headed Girl" by Alana Levandoski. This set is a little big on novelty numbers in its 20 selections, but it does accurately reflect pretty much everything going on in the industry at the moment.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2005
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0602498320495
catalogNumber:
9832049

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Kristen Hall   Composer
Chip Davis   Composer
Brett Beavers   Composer
David Cole   Composer
Richard Marx   Composer
Greg McDowell   Composer
Melissa Pierce   Composer
Brady Seals   Composer
Philip White   Composer
Joe Nichols   Composer
Kristian Bush   Composer
Sam Gay   Composer
Kevin Mason   Composer
Kelley Lovelace   Composer
Deric Ruttan   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Odie Blackmon   Composer
Clint Daniels   Composer
Byron Hill   Composer
Big Kenny   Composer
Steven Dale Jones   Composer
Brice Long   Composer
Jennifer Nettles   Composer
Don Sampson   Composer
Brad Mates   Composer
Danick Dupelle   Composer
Pat Allingham   Composer
Dierks Bentley   Composer
Eric Church   Composer
Moot Davis   Composer
Jake Mathews   Composer
John Rich   Composer
Tony Ramey   Composer
Jason McCoy   Composer
Johnny Reid   Composer
Alana Levandoski   Composer
Troy Bieser   Composer
Bill Fries   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
Mike Melancon   Composer

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