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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Arkansas native turned Nashville resident David Adam Byrnes has been quoted as saying, "I definitely have a twang that does not lend itself to other genres." The genre he belongs to is country, and his twang serves him consistently well on this 2011 release. Byrnes is an expressive country-rocker with strong honky tonk leanings; his musical heritage includes George Strait, Randy Travis, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, and Merle Haggard, and he doesn't run away from that heritage. In fact, Byrnes (who co-wrote most of the material) celebrates it and wears it like a badge of honor, which is quite refreshing at a time when so much of the music being played on country radio ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Arkansas native turned Nashville resident David Adam Byrnes has been quoted as saying, "I definitely have a twang that does not lend itself to other genres." The genre he belongs to is country, and his twang serves him consistently well on this 2011 release. Byrnes is an expressive country-rocker with strong honky tonk leanings; his musical heritage includes George Strait, Randy Travis, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, and Merle Haggard, and he doesn't run away from that heritage. In fact, Byrnes (who co-wrote most of the material) celebrates it and wears it like a badge of honor, which is quite refreshing at a time when so much of the music being played on country radio is way too slick and processed for its own good. Byrnes isn't slick or processed; his depictions of life in small-town America come across as honest and sincere rather than forced or contrived, and that country-and-proud outlook yields excellent results on the barnburners "My Kind of Crowd" and "Down Homegrown," as well as poignant tearjerkers such as "She Only Wanted Flowers" and "That's What I Tell Myself." Tearjerkers, of course, have been a part of country ever since the days of the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Riley Puckett; they're an important part of the country experience, and Byrnes has no problem singing them convincingly. Nor does he have a problem pulling off a drinking song. On "The Jukebox, the Bottle and Me," Byrnes embraces the familiar drinking-to-ease-the-pain theme that so many honky tonkers (from Hank Williams, Sr. to Dwight Yoakam to George Jones) have embraced over the years; it's a song that anyone who has savored the dark pleasures of Haggard's "The Bottle Let Me Down," Jones' "Just One More," or Williams' "There's a Tear in My Beer" should have no problem getting into. Rapper Ice-T once commented that the truly compelling hip-hoppers are the ones who obviously have first-hand knowledge of the things they rap about, and one could make similar arguments about country; the country singers who sing convincingly about life in rural or small-town America are the ones who have actually lived it and experienced it. Byrnes leaves no doubt that he has first-hand knowledge of the things he sings about, and he shows considerable promise on Premium Country.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2011
  • Label: Better Angels
  • UPC: 820351300105
  • Catalog Number: 92810
  • Sales rank: 271,686

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Adam Byrnes Primary Artist
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin Violin
Kevin Grantt Bass
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
John Willis Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Shane Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Michael Spriggs Acoustic Guitar
Monty Parkey Keyboards
Kevin Adams Keyboards
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Keith Horne Bass
Jim Brown Keyboards
Mike Durham Electric Guitar
Kevin Ray Electric Guitar
Tom Drenon Percussion, Drums
Robert Hajacos Violin
Steve Henson Steel Guitar
Rob Rappaport Percussion
Aaron Teil Violin
Technical Credits
Mark Matejka Composer
Craig White Engineer
Rick Tiger Composer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Adam Fears Composer
Arlis Albritton Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Tom Drenon Producer
Joel Brentlinger Composer
Bryan Simpson Composer
Wade Kirby Composer
Josh Thompson Composer
Andi Zack Composer
Jay Brunswick Composer
Morry Trent Composer
Mark Houser Composer
Michael Howard Composer
David Adam Byrnes Composer
Rob Rappaport Producer
Julz Chavez Art Direction
Josh Newcom Composer
Floyd Callen Composer
Chelle Watson Composer
Ward Davis Composer
Travis Mobley Composer
Robert M. Howett III Composer
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