Cowboy's Back in Town [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Trace Adkins' Cowboy's Back in Town is his debut on Toby Keith's Show Dog imprint. It features 11 cuts, most of them underscoring the rowdy barroom cowboy image that the artist has quite literally lived up to. The set was preceded by two singles, "Ala-Freakin-Bama," which scraped its way inside the Top 50 on Billboard's country chart, and more recently, the rock ballad "This Ain't No Love Song," that climbed into the Top 30. These may not seem like impressive numbers, but given the sheer volume of recordings coming out of Nashville every week, it's nothing to sneeze at. Michael Knox is credited as producer, though Kenny Beard produced both singles and three other cuts of the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Trace Adkins' Cowboy's Back in Town is his debut on Toby Keith's Show Dog imprint. It features 11 cuts, most of them underscoring the rowdy barroom cowboy image that the artist has quite literally lived up to. The set was preceded by two singles, "Ala-Freakin-Bama," which scraped its way inside the Top 50 on Billboard's country chart, and more recently, the rock ballad "This Ain't No Love Song," that climbed into the Top 30. These may not seem like impressive numbers, but given the sheer volume of recordings coming out of Nashville every week, it's nothing to sneeze at. Michael Knox is credited as producer, though Kenny Beard produced both singles and three other cuts of the 11 featured here. The set kicks off with a hard, funky banjo on "Brown Chicken Brown Cow" before it's joined by a pair of metallic guitars riffing, explosive drums, a clavinet (adding to the funk effect), a B-3, and a lap steel. We've heard hard rockers from Adkins before, but this one feels more like the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Nashville. "Hold My Beer" is more in the contemporary country mold, being equal parts John Mellencamp and .38 Special. The title track might have been a perfect advance radio single, and is certainly no less so than the two aforementioned ones. In it, Adkins' rich baritone is accompanied by mandolins, acoustic and electric guitars, a B-3, and an anthemic chorus. "Hell I Can Do That" is pure irony in the classic country tradition. It's a song about losing big, performed as a midtempo party rocker -- complete with a Rolling Stones-style cowbell à la "Honky Tonk Women." "Ala-Freakin-Bama" sounds exactly like its title: it's pure, redneck, hard rock with a prominent banjo for country cred. The only true tear jerker here, "Still Love You" with its synth strings, doesn't work, plain and simple. It's added for balance on an otherwise solid outing from Adkins. Cowboy's Back in Town reveals that this singer can do one thing well; but he does it really well -- and that's to offer tough, utterly masculine, contemporary country-rock -- check the closer, "Whoop a Man's Ass" -- convincingly. [A deluxe edition was released in 2010 with four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2010
  • Label: Show Dog Nashville
  • UPC: 602527430454
  • Catalog Number: 001448802
  • Sales rank: 64,034

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brown Chicken Brown Cow (3:25)
  2. 2 Hold My Beer (3:22)
  3. 3 Cowboy's Back In Town (3:25)
  4. 4 This Ain't No Love Song (3:20)
  5. 5 Hell, I Can Do That (3:53)
  6. 6 A Little Bit of Missin' You (3:37)
  7. 7 Still Love You (3:27)
  8. 8 Don't Mind I Don't - Trailer Choir (3:35)
  9. 9 Ala-Freakin-Bama (3:36)
  10. 10 Break Her Fall (3:38)
  11. 11 Whoop a Man's Ass (3:23)
  12. 12 Happy Man (2:54)
  13. 13 Between the Rainbows and the Rain (5:50)
  14. 14 Pictures On Mantles (4:11)
  15. 15 Hillbilly Bone - Blake Shelton (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Trace Adkins Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
David Angell Strings
Mike Brignardello Bass
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
David Davidson Strings
Tom Flora Background Vocals
Tony Harrell Piano, Clavinet
Jim Hoke Saxophone
Greg Morrow Drums
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Joe Spivey Fiddle, Mandolin
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Kris Wilkinson Strings
John Willis Banjo
Russell Terrell Background Vocals
Kenny Beard Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders Pedal Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Jim "Moose" Brown Piano
Mickey Jack Cones Background Vocals
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Shelly Fairchild Background Vocals
Sarighani Reist Strings
Shawn Fichter Drums
Ashley Gorley Background Vocals
Rich Redmond Percussion
Danny Rader Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Tim Mensy Composer
Jeff Balding Engineer
Peter Coleman Engineer
Scott Hendricks Producer
Julian King Engineer
Kris Wilkinson String Arrangements
John Willis Engineer
Lee Miller Composer
Trace Adkins Composer
Tony Lane Composer
Jim Collins Composer
Kenny Beard Composer, Producer
Kirk Roth Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Casey Beathard Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Robert Arthur Composer
Susannah Parrish Art Direction
Adam Ayan Mastering
Jeff Bates Composer
Mickey Jack Cones Composer, Engineer
David Lee Composer
Jordan Lehning Engineer
Ed Hill Composer
Michael Knox Producer
Tim Johnson Composer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Jay Speight Composer
Jim McCormick Composer
Luke Laird Composer
Natalie Moore Art Direction
Scott Lynch Composer
Tony Martin Composer
Kendell Marvel Composer
Marcel Lee Composer
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