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Yes, it's the same title as Dwight Yoakam's second album, but the similarities between Dwight and the durable country duo Brooks & Dunn end at the twang. Ronnie Dunn, with his nasal tenor, is as distinctive a vocalist as there is in contemporary country, and here he and partner Kix Brooks have cooked up some new tunes, smoldering and sensitive by turns, that give Dunn an opportunity for some vocal pyrotechnics of the first and most penetrating order. Of equal import, they've brought in super-producer Tony Brown to man the proceedings; he's gone to work on the sound, tightening it up and turning it loose with a mix of veteran session players and top-tier guests such ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Yes, it's the same title as Dwight Yoakam's second album, but the similarities between Dwight and the durable country duo Brooks & Dunn end at the twang. Ronnie Dunn, with his nasal tenor, is as distinctive a vocalist as there is in contemporary country, and here he and partner Kix Brooks have cooked up some new tunes, smoldering and sensitive by turns, that give Dunn an opportunity for some vocal pyrotechnics of the first and most penetrating order. Of equal import, they've brought in super-producer Tony Brown to man the proceedings; he's gone to work on the sound, tightening it up and turning it loose with a mix of veteran session players and top-tier guests such as Little Feat's Billy Payne on keyboards, Willie Nelson's incomparable harmonica master Mickey Raphael, Texas guitar slinger David Grissom, and vocalists Vince Gill and Sheryl Crow who share the mic on the thumping "Building Bridges," an earnest, sizzling vow of enduring love. B&D sound like brand-new men in this context, attacking pounding country rockers such as "Whiskey Do My Talkin' " and the turbocharged boogie of "Play Something Country" with startling ferocity. Keyed by harmonica, organ, mandolin, trebly 12-string guitar, and mandolin and awash in a thick, swirling soundscape that owes a debt both to Steve Earle and latter-day Rodney Crowell, "My Heart's Not a Hotel" frames a deeply felt Kix Brooks vocal treatment of an up-tempo weeper. On the mellow side, the soothing "Believe," a wistful reminiscence of an old man who exemplified the important lessons in life, is showstopping proof of the superior and sensitive balladeer Dunn can be when the time comes. The solid, steadfast Hillbilly Deluxe consolidates B&D's strengths and delivers a few new knockout punches along the way.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
During the first half of the 2000s Brooks & Dunn broadened their horizons, incorporating stronger elements of pop and rock to their neo-traditionalist country. As its title suggests, 2005's Hillbilly Deluxe finds the duo returning to their roots, creating a lean, tight collection of 13 straight-ahead country songs. This may be a reaction to the romanticization of rednecks in recent country music, but Hillbilly Deluxe doesn't sound crass or commercial. It sounds like a logical back-to-basics move after the rock flirtations of 2001's Steers and Stripes and 2003's Red Dirt Road. Brooks & Dunn don't hide their intentions at all: not only does the album boast a proudly hillbilly title, but the album kicks off with the anthemic "Play Something Country," where a redneck woman implores the DJ to play some "Kenny, Keith, Alan, and Patsy Cline", and Brooks & Dunn follow that advice for the rest of the album, never straying far from country, even when they're covering Nicolette Larson's early-'80s hit "Building Bridges" with Sheryl Crow on backing vocals. Most of this direction seems to come from Ronnie Dunn, who provides the great majority of original material here: six of the 13 songs are from Dunn (all but one co-written with Terry McBride), and his tunes are the purest country here, whether it's barroom tales like "Whiskey Do My Talkin'" or weepers like "I May Never Get Over You." That's not to say that Kix Brooks doesn't have a presence here. With the exception of the poppier "One More Roll of the Dice," he also devotes himself to straight-ahead country, highlighted by the sweetly melancholy "Her West Was Wilder" and the rocking closer, "She Likes to Get out of Town." Brooks might not write as much here as he normally does, but the covers he sings are expertly chosen, and the album as a whole gels as well as either Steers and Stripes or Red Dirt Road. Even though Hillbilly Deluxe isn't quite as ambitious as either of those records, it's just as satisfying and further proof that Brooks & Dunn are one of the most reliable, consistently enjoyable acts in modern country music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828766994629
  • Catalog Number: 69946

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brooks & Dunn Primary Artist
Kix Brooks Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Sheryl Crow Vocals, Guest Appearance
Eric Darken Percussion
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Chip Davis Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Mike Brignardello Bass
J.T. Corenflos Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bob DiPiero Acoustic Guitar
Dan Dugmore Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan Mandolin
Ronnie Dunn Vocals, Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest Drums
Larry Franklin Mandolin
Vince Gill Vocals, Guest Appearance
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar, national steel guitar
David Grissom Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell Piano, Keyboards
Steven Herrman Trumpet
John Hobbs Piano
Jim Horn Baritone Saxophone
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Terry McBride Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Duncan Mullins Bass
Russ Pahl Steel Guitar
Bill Payne Piano
Michael Rhodes Bass, Bass Guitar
Charles Rose Trombone
Hank Singer Fiddle
Harvey Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Scott Williamson Drums
Glenn Worf Bass, Bass Guitar
Reese Wynans Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Kim Keyes Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Kim Parent Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Larry Beaird Acoustic Guitar
Tom Bukovac Acoustic Guitar
Chris Frazer Smith Choir, Chorus
Scotty Sanders Steel Guitar
Raymond "Taff" Williams Choir, Chorus
Danyelle Haley Choir, Chorus
Steve Bryant Bass
Jovan E. Bender Choir, Chorus
Ashley Cromartie Choir, Chorus
Delva Dwana Choir, Chorus
DaJuana R. Elder Choir, Chorus
Moiro Konchella Choir, Chorus
Laviticus Choir, Chorus
Erika Rowell Choir, Chorus
Meshia Sandifer Choir, Chorus
Andre Trice Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Rob Crosby Composer
Kix Brooks Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tony Brown Audio Production
Larry Willoughby Composer
Radney Foster Composer
Darrell Brown Composer
Tony Brown Producer
Hank DeVito Composer
Bob DiPiero Composer, Producer
Ronnie Dunn Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Terry McBride Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Allen Shamblin Composer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Mark Wright Producer, Audio Production
Tom Shapiro Composer, Producer, Audio Production
S. Wade Hunt Art Direction
Brad Crisler Composer
A.J. Derrick Engineer
Michealle Vanderpool Groomer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Jason Gantt Engineer
Chip Matthews Engineer
Jeff Kersey Engineer, Vocal Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Building Bridges

    After hearing the song "Believe" I was already a sure fan of this album. I was completely blown away though when I heard the remake of "Building Bridges." In the early 80's that song was done by Steve Sanders (the late Baritone singer for the Oak Ridge Boys). It was put on the flip side of the "Bobbie Sue" single and was done with so much soul I doubted it could have been redone as good. I was wrong- although Steve's version was a little different vocally, they stuck to the original track and really did this great song justice. And by bringing in Vince and Sheryl, I think they really paid it the homage it deserved! Way to go guys- great song, great album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    playing somthing country

    playing somthing country is one of ther best songs ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Believe " is Awesome!

    This song "Believe" is so powerful! Brooks and Dunn have a hit with this one for sure! Dunn puts his heart and soul into these powerful words. The Video is wonderful and so dramatic! This is great work by Brooks and Dunn! I hope "Believe" wins an Award for sure! I like the whole DVD!

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