Country to the Bone

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Here are some things country artists should generally avoid: songs about how "country" they are, songs about the fact that they're from Texas, and songs in which they compare themselves to Hank Williams. Most can (and some do) get away with one, or maybe two of those errors on a single album, but if you hit the trifecta you're in trouble. And if you do it while singing only occasionally on pitch, you're in even more trouble. That's exactly where Tommy Alverson finds himself on Country to the Bone, an album that compounds the first mistake by naming itself after a rather preachy and obnoxious song that explains what it means to be "country", and one on which Alverson ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Here are some things country artists should generally avoid: songs about how "country" they are, songs about the fact that they're from Texas, and songs in which they compare themselves to Hank Williams. Most can (and some do) get away with one, or maybe two of those errors on a single album, but if you hit the trifecta you're in trouble. And if you do it while singing only occasionally on pitch, you're in even more trouble. That's exactly where Tommy Alverson finds himself on Country to the Bone, an album that compounds the first mistake by naming itself after a rather preachy and obnoxious song that explains what it means to be "country", and one on which Alverson pitches his songs consistently at a key that is about a half-step too high for him to handle comfortably. That's not to say that Country to the Bone isn't fun to listen to -- especially on such honky tonk fare as the Doug Sahm composition "Be Real," the gently swinging "I Can't Convince My Heart," and the excellent Jim Lauderdale song "I'll Be Around," Alverson's musicianship overrides his vocal limitations and his crack band generates a rich and warm accompaniment. (And the Pauline Reese cameo on "Tequila Rose" is especially nice.) But a little bit of pitch correction and a bit more care with the song selection would have made this album significantly better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2007
  • Label: Palo Duro Records
  • UPC: 806820160524
  • Catalog Number: 1605
  • Sales rank: 334,693

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Alverson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Ron Thompson Drums
Ray Austin Dobro, Steel Guitar
Randy Brown Background Vocals
Jorge Ginorio Percussion
Reggie Rueffer Fiddle, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Patrick McGuire Acoustic Bass
David Perez Accordion
Jerry Abrams Bass
Martin "Dirt" Stinnett Mandolin
Pauline Reese Vocals
Justin Alverson Guitar
Melissa Brown Track Performer
Andrew Frye Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Mike Basden Piano
Amos Staggs Background Vocals, Track Performer
Thurston Selby Fiddle
Andie Kay Joiner Vocals
Heather Woodruff Fiddle
Andrea Blackwell Background Vocals
Melissa Brown Background Vocals
Sue Manois Steel Drums
Jerri Lynn Robinson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jim Lauderdale Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Doug Sahm Composer
Doug Gilmore Composer
Clay Blaker Composer
Tommy Alverson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Brian Burns Composer
Patrick McGuire Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Walt Wilkins Composer
Davis Raines Composer
Jerry Max Lane Composer
David Oxford Composer
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