Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A moment of reflection will reveal that Charley Pride is a natural idol for Neal McCoy. A trailblazing traditionalist of the '60s and '70s, Pride broke the color barrier for popular country music -- there had been African-American country singers long before him; Ray Charles blurred the boundaries between country and soul a few years before him, and Pride had peers like Stoney Edwards, but Charley was the first black country superstar -- due in part to his easy, friendly way with a song. McCoy has a similar amiable way with a tune and, as a singer of Filipino descent, he bucked country tradition even as he adhered to it. Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride puts ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A moment of reflection will reveal that Charley Pride is a natural idol for Neal McCoy. A trailblazing traditionalist of the '60s and '70s, Pride broke the color barrier for popular country music -- there had been African-American country singers long before him; Ray Charles blurred the boundaries between country and soul a few years before him, and Pride had peers like Stoney Edwards, but Charley was the first black country superstar -- due in part to his easy, friendly way with a song. McCoy has a similar amiable way with a tune and, as a singer of Filipino descent, he bucked country tradition even as he adhered to it. Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride puts all this into relief while also being quite a good listen in its own right. As a traditionalist paying respect to a traditionalist, McCoy doesn't play around with the arrangements in the slightest -- he even seems indebted to the sound of Pride's recordings, not the early ones of the '60s but the gleaming overproductions of the late '70s and early '80s -- but these are terrific songs performed well, by both McCoy and his guests Raul Malo (who is on "I'm Just Me"), Darius Rucker ("Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'"), and Trace Adkins ("Roll On Mississippi"). There's almost a funhouse mirror quality here, with McCoy looking back on Pride who was looking back on Hank Williams (the presence of "Kaw-Liga" underscores this), but that's part of the appeal of Pride: each bygone era it salutes is worth celebrating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Slate Creek Records
  • UPC: 662582717426
  • Catalog Number: 7174
  • Sales rank: 51,497

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neal McCoy Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Dennis Crouch Upright Bass
Mark Douthit Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Garth Fundis Background Vocals
Paul Franklin Dobro, Steel Guitar
Barry Green Trombone
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Russ Pahl Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Mike Rojas Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas Electric Bass
Becky Priest Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Robert Bailey Jr. Background Vocals
Jeff Taylor Accordion
JeneƩ Fleenor Fiddle
Technical Credits
Jack Clement Composer
Garth Fundis Producer, Horn Arrangements
Dave Kirby Composer
Dennis Morgan Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Kris Wilkinson String Arrangements
Hank Williams Composer
Robert K. Oermann Liner Notes
Jim Burnett Executive Producer
Kye Fleming Composer
Ben Peters Composer
Kent Robbins Composer
Don Devaney Composer
Harold Kenneth Dorman Composer
Eric Conn Mastering
Matt Allen Engineer
Glenn Martin Composer
Chad Carlson Engineer
Gordon Hammond Engineer
Derek Parnell Engineer
Mike Stankiewicz Engineer
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