Cowboy Town [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • Label: Sony Australia
  • UPC: 886971505429
  • Catalog Number: 715054

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
Adam Ayan Mastering
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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