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Cowboy Town [Bonus Tracks]
     

Cowboy Town [Bonus Tracks]

by Brooks & Dunn
 

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Brooks & Dunn began revving up their redneck credentials with Hillbilly Deluxe, a record with no small debt to Big & Rich's gonzo strut, and they continue that path on its 2007 follow-up, Cowboy Town. Despite the title, Cowboy Town doesn't feel that western -- it's a slick, swaggering set of rock & roll, designed for

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Brooks & Dunn began revving up their redneck credentials with Hillbilly Deluxe, a record with no small debt to Big & Rich's gonzo strut, and they continue that path on its 2007 follow-up, Cowboy Town. Despite the title, Cowboy Town doesn't feel that western -- it's a slick, swaggering set of rock & roll, designed for sports bars, not honky tonks. Brooks & Dunn have always teetered between being just a bit too commercial and thoroughly country, but this is one of their efforts where the seesaw tips toward one direction definitively, as this album is as oversized as Texas without sounding a lick like the Lonestar State. Well, there's one exception to the rule -- Jerry Jeff Walker is roped in for a duet on "Ballad of Jerry Jeff Walker," an exceptional homage to his funny, loping signature sound that's easily the best thing here, and not because it's the most country: it's because it's the least mannered tune here. The other highlights on Cowboy Town share a similar wild, wooly spirit, as the duo turns out pretty good Stonesy rockers on "Put a Girl in It" and "Chance of a Lifetime" (which has a nice dip into John Anderson territory on the chorus), grinds out a wonderfully weird slice of ZZ Top boogie on "Drop in the Bucket," and pumps out a deliriously fun "Tequila," whose pumping Farfisa organ on a one-chord riff can't help but bring to mind the Sir Douglas Quintet. All these arrive in the middle of the album, offering a spike of life after it seems that Brooks & Dunn have gotten too mannered with the opening track and the plodding "Proud of the House We Built." And that mannered impression isn't wrong -- Brooks & Dunn have crafted these songs, along with the silly anthem "American Dream" (a song where Merle Haggard, Neil Armstrong, and MLK are shoehorned into one bridge) and "God Must Be Busy" (a litany of destruction and sadness, amber alerts, "the Bloods and Crips are at it...old folks can't afford the drugs they can't live without"), with an eye on the middle of the road, and they do it well enough that this music will likely win them that audience yet again. But it's that section of rowdy rockers in the middle of the album where the duo comes alive, and they're what saves this record from being too studied and dull. [Sony's Australian edition featured alternate album art and three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2008
Label:
Sony Australia
UPC:
0886971505429
catalogNumber:
715054

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brooks & Dunn   Primary Artist
Kix Brooks   Background Vocals,Lead
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Mike Brignardello   Bass Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Ronnie Dunn   Background Vocals,Lead
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Tony Harrell   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
John Jarvis   Piano
Jerry Jeff Walker   Background Vocals
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Terry McBride   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Lead
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Gary Morse   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Wendy Moten   Background Vocals
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Larry Paxton   Bass Guitar
Pat Peterson   Background Vocals
Alison Prestwood   Bass Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass Guitar
Paul Scholten   Drums
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass Guitar
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Crystal Taliefero   Background Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass Guitar
Reese Wynans   Piano,Hammond Organ
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Jimmy Nichols   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Lou Toomey   Electric Guitar
Eric Darkin   Percussion
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Kim Parent   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Larry Beaird   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rex Schnelle   Percussion,Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Jeff Kersey   Lead
James J. Mitchell   Electric Guitar
Haley Dunn   Lead

Technical Credits

Larry Boone   Composer
Kix Brooks   Composer,Producer,Cut
Radney Foster   Composer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Tony Brown   Producer
Bob DiPiero   Composer,Cut
Ronnie Dunn   Composer,Producer
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Terry McBride   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Matt Andrews   Engineer
Jim Beavers   Composer
Clint Daniels   Composer
Kimberly Levitan   Cover Design
Rex Schnelle   Engineer
Corey Roberts   Engineer
Jason Gantt   Engineer
Jeff Kersey   Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Debbie Dover   Groomer
Ryan Gore   Engineer
George O'Dwyer   Engineer

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