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Kuntry Livin'

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All Music Guide - James Wilkinson
Fusing country, rock, and rap, Kuntry Livin' is the major-label debut from Big Smo, a Tennessean farm owner who is also the subject of a series on the U.S. cable channel A&E. Produced by DJ Orig and John Conner, the album features supporting roles from a number of famous names, including Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Peter Keys and country singer Charlie Worsham. Included here is the electric guitar-fueled single "Workin'."
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The hick-hop boom of the 2013-2014 season continued with the Big Smo's major-label debut album, the release of which just happened to coincide with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Wilkinson
Fusing country, rock, and rap, Kuntry Livin' is the major-label debut from Big Smo, a Tennessean farm owner who is also the subject of a series on the U.S. cable channel A&E. Produced by DJ Orig and John Conner, the album features supporting roles from a number of famous names, including Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Peter Keys and country singer Charlie Worsham. Included here is the electric guitar-fueled single "Workin'."
All Music Guide - David Jeffries
The hick-hop boom of the 2013-2014 season continued with the Big Smo's major-label debut album, the release of which just happened to coincide with the premiere of his reality TV series. Put a couple country superstars on the guest list (Frankie Ballard and Darius Rucker), jam the track list with anthems worthy of Kid Rock or Colt Ford ("Bumpy Road" and "Come On" are strong, stadium-sized singalongs), and then stage the cover for that "rebel" appeal ("Smo...can you hold the moonshine jar a lil' higher?") and the corporate cornpone formula will pay off splendidly, but Kuntry Livin' can't be written off so easily. Partly because Smo's got charisma and partly because he's a crafty, scrappy fellow with a Lil Wyte affiliation linking him to the underground and an approach that says "Hell, I can do this!," which might be the optimal way to come at a hick-hop album. The brilliantly titled "Hick Ross" barks "I'm the grand champ of my camp, like a ten-point buck/You'll get that 12-gauge spray if you mess with my truck!" and anyone who spends Saturdays in a Cabela's or a Big Three car lot can testify, while numbers like "Workin'" and "Redneck Rich" ("There's always somethin' hooked to my hitch") are Johnny Paycheck's "Take This Job and Shove It" or Rush's "Working Man" updated for the MP3 generation. Surprising when Smo pours his heart out about loss ("Some people can stay in your heart, but not in your life") and wins during the moving "Cover My Eyes," and surprising that the album runs 14 tracks long and stands strong right to the end. Redundancy, however, might be an issue as the party numbers simply alternate between hootin' and hollerin', but as hick-hop albums from reality stars go, this is a monster truck rally on wax. Come 'round here lookin' for Dylan, Radiohead, or Nas and Smo is likely to kick your ass, so down a jar and believe him when he says "Hick Ross."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2014
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 093624936138
  • Catalog Number: 543999
  • Sales rank: 34,972

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Workin' - Alexander King (3:35)
  2. 2 Bumpy Road (2:51)
  3. 3 Hick Ross (3:16)
  4. 4 Anything Goes - Alexander King (3:44)
  5. 5 Cover My Eyes - Haden Carpenter (3:41)
  6. 6 Down In the Backwoods (2:51)
  7. 7 Come On - Frankie Ballard (2:36)
  8. 8 Redneck Rich (2:43)
  9. 9 Who I'll Be (3:25)
  10. 10 Got Me (2:50)
  11. 11 Ain't Nothin' Free (3:21)
  12. 12 I'm So Kuntry (3:08)
  13. 13 Lawdy Lawdy (5:45)
  14. 14 My Place (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Smo Primary Artist
Jimmy Stewart Fiddle
Shelly Fairchild Background Vocals
Charlie Worsham Banjo, Slide Guitar
Cameron Roberts Bass
Peter Keys Organ, Piano
Alexander King Background Vocals
JD Simo Guitar
Andrew DeRoberts Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jonathan Knight Acoustic Guitar
David Yudkin Fiddle, Cello, Slide Guitar
Rich Redman Drums
Travis Tidwell Guitar
Technical Credits
Ken Love Mastering
Rhett Akins Composer
Jim Beavers Composer
Casey Beathard Composer
Bobby Pinson Composer
Big Smo Composer
Orig Composer, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Jon Conner Composer, Producer, Engineer, overdub engineer
Alexander King Composer
Andrew DeRoberts Programming
Jesse Scott Hill Composer
Foz Rock Composer
Robert W. Parissi Composer
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