In Overdrive

In Overdrive

by Aaron Tippin
     
 
Since Aaron Tippin first cracked the country charts back in 1991 with "You've Got to Stand for Something," the title cut of his debut album, he's had a slew of successes and some dry spells. As part of that wave of "new traditionalists" who took country to a new height of popularity in America, Tippin's macho brand of swagger, honky tonk, and patriotic songs resonated

Overview

Since Aaron Tippin first cracked the country charts back in 1991 with "You've Got to Stand for Something," the title cut of his debut album, he's had a slew of successes and some dry spells. As part of that wave of "new traditionalists" who took country to a new height of popularity in America, Tippin's macho brand of swagger, honky tonk, and patriotic songs resonated very well through about 1996. He hit a semi dry spell until 1998, and was back in 2000 and 2002 (when "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly" crossed over into the pop Top 20). In other words, no matter what the trend in the music is -- and it's as creatively empty as it's ever been in 2009 -- Tippin's brand of country music never truly goes out of fashion. As if to reaffirm not only his place in the tradition, but to remind listeners of the wealth of great music the tradition has given them, Tippin's In Overdrive is a collection of "truckin' country" songs about 18-wheelers and the men who drive them. Tippin's muse for this record is the late Jerry Reed, who brought truckin' music into the pop charts for the first time in the 1970s, and continued to write it for the rest of his life. This set sounds like it could have been recorded 30 or 40 years ago, despite the somewhat modern production sounds. Tippin's hard Southern dialect and his feel for this collection of classic tunes make it sound like something out of time and space. The set begins with Reed's "East Bound and Down," complete with banjos, roiling electric guitars, and a one-two shuffling bassline. Tippin sounds like he's havin' a ball -- it's rockin' country, full of pumped-up testosterone party-hard energy. And it goes on from here, with a burning Southern rock version of Terry Fell's 1962 hit "Truck Drivin' Man," with prickly pedal steels, Telecasters raging, and double-time drums. Earl Green's "Six Days on the Road" is here of course -- closer in spirit to Commander Cody's version than Dave Dudley's -- as is John Anderson's "Chicken Truck," Buford Amber's "Long White Line," Hank Mills' "Girl on the Billboard," a great reading of Merle Haggard's "Movin' On," and Dave Loggins' "Roll On," just to name a few -- all of them done with hardcore hillbilly rock & roll energy and a swampy verve. There is also a pair of originals here: a sentimental -- as well as astute and sensitive -- story-ballad called "Drivin' Fool" and a cut that simply doesn't belong here at all, "Drill Here, Drill Now." It's a lunkheaded painfully obvious attempt at a hit single disguised as a clarion call to the working-class masses. The funny thing is, the masses voted in 2008 for something a little more complex than this shortsighted "solution." Thankfully, this overtly and clumsily written rocker is the last track on the album. Other than this glaring misstep, In Overdrive is a solid, beautifully executed album that's a hell of a lot of fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
Label:
Country Crossing
UPC:
0812432010034
catalogNumber:
1002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Aaron Tippin   Primary Artist
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Tim Grogan   Drums
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Darrin Vincent   Harmony
Bobby Lovett   Banjo,Electric Guitar
Dave Sloas   Harmony
Rod Lewis   Bass
Rich Herring   Acoustic Guitar
Thea Tippin   Harmony
Jerry Roe   Acoustic Guitar,Drums
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Eddie Rabbitt   Composer
Jerry Reed   Composer
Aaron Tippin   Composer,Producer
Dave Loggins   Composer
Dick Feller   Composer
Terry Brown   Composer
Terry Fell   Composer
Tim Grogan   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Walter Haynes   Composer
David Malloy   Composer
Mike Reid   Composer
Even Stevens   Composer
James Stroud   Executive Producer
Don Bradley   Composer
Monroe Fields   Composer
Dan Murphy   Composer
Bobby Holland   Engineer
Rod Lewis   Composer,Engineer
Carl Montgomery   Composer
Earl Green   Composer
Hank Mills   Composer
Thea Tippin   Composer
Jay Huguely   Composer
Don Bradley   Composer
Buford Abner   Composer
Thea Tippin   Composer
Phillip Douglas   Composer
Ervan James Parker   Composer

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