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Free the Music

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's not for nothing that Jerrod Niemann calls his second major-label album Free the Music: he's stepped far outside the box, so much so that the doo wop inflections of his 2010 breakthrough hit "Lover, Lover" seem conventional. Niemann is woozy and playful throughout Free the Music, displaying an impish sense of humor by calling an old-timey shuffle in the style of Leon Redbone "Honky Tonk Fever" and generally avoiding anything that could be called classically country (the closest he comes is "Real Women Drink Beer," which itself is colored by splashy Vegas horns). Which doesn't mean this is a pop or rock album, not even with the hints of arena rock ballads or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It's not for nothing that Jerrod Niemann calls his second major-label album Free the Music: he's stepped far outside the box, so much so that the doo wop inflections of his 2010 breakthrough hit "Lover, Lover" seem conventional. Niemann is woozy and playful throughout Free the Music, displaying an impish sense of humor by calling an old-timey shuffle in the style of Leon Redbone "Honky Tonk Fever" and generally avoiding anything that could be called classically country (the closest he comes is "Real Women Drink Beer," which itself is colored by splashy Vegas horns). Which doesn't mean this is a pop or rock album, not even with the hints of arena rock ballads or drinking songs set to looped rhythms. There are plenty of signifiers of modern country, from sunny tunes breezing in from the Caribbean to the hints of rocking country, but Niemann is more interested in the detours, adding Beatlesque keyboards as punctuation on "Get on Up" and working a thick, funky groove on "Guessing Games." Despite the attention-grabbing manifesto of the title track, this isn't quite showy; rather, Free the Music is skilled and adventurous, never succumbing to pretension thanks to Niemann's game sense of humor. More than anything, the cheerful style-bending antics of Free the Music suggest what Big & Rich could have done if they devoted themselves to music instead of schtick.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886919698329
  • Catalog Number: 196983
  • Sales rank: 70,946

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerrod Niemann Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Byron House Upright Bass
Tim Lauer Accordion
Chris Estes Drums
Bill Huber Tuba
Tim Teague Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Lance Miller Background Vocals
Natalie Murphy Violin
Colbie Caillat Background Vocals
Will Doughty Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Devri Depriest French Horn
Rob Hatch Background Vocals
Taryn Brainard Background Vocals
Dave Brainard Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Overdubs, Acoustic Bass
Dustin Evans Bottle
David Mahurin Drums
Cliff Canterbury Background Vocals
J.R. McCoy Percussion, Conga, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Travis Mobley Piano, Wurlitzer
William Elliott Trombone
Karl Wingruber Clarinet, Saxophone
Carl Utterstrom Trombone
John Christopher Hamm Trumpet
Technical Credits
Don Cobb Mastering
Arlos Smith Composer
Randy Boudreaux Composer
Eric Conn Mastering
Robin Geary grooming
Lance Miller Composer
Jerrod Niemann Composer
Lee Brice Composer
Rob Hatch Composer
J.R. McCoy Composer
Justin Young Vocal Engineer
Richie Brown Composer
Houston Phillips Composer
Jone Stone Composer
Lanec Miller Composer
Jesse Clingan Composer
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