Red River Blue

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Back in 2010, Blake Shelton and the shrewd A&R department at Warner Nashville gambled with a new format, releasing Shelton's singles, "Hillbilly Bone" and "All About Tonight," as separate "six pack" EPs (five other tracks filled each of them out, creating one full-length album in two installments). It paid off. Both singles were hits, and fans bought the EPs in droves. Shelton, producer Scott Hendricks, and Warner wasted no time following them up. In early 2011, Shelton was back with "Honey Bee," a single that hit the number one spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase country charts within seven weeks. It became the fastest-selling download single by a male country ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Back in 2010, Blake Shelton and the shrewd A&R department at Warner Nashville gambled with a new format, releasing Shelton's singles, "Hillbilly Bone" and "All About Tonight," as separate "six pack" EPs (five other tracks filled each of them out, creating one full-length album in two installments). It paid off. Both singles were hits, and fans bought the EPs in droves. Shelton, producer Scott Hendricks, and Warner wasted no time following them up. In early 2011, Shelton was back with "Honey Bee," a single that hit the number one spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase country charts within seven weeks. It became the fastest-selling download single by a male country artist to earn a gold certification; it eventually went platinum. Shelton and Hendricks were caught by surprise with the success of the single, because they had only half an album finished. They were given two weeks to complete the rest. In the meantime, Warner followed "Honey Bee" with another album track: a rocked-up cover of contemporary Christian music songwriter Dave Barnes' "God Gave Me You." The 11-song Red River Blue reflects that rush of energy; while it never sounds panicked, it does feel just a tad rough around the edges in terms of song choices. The music is almost pure contemporary honky tonk with some balanced material woven in. Basslines are elevated in the combination love song/party anthem "Ready to Roll," while the spirit of Jerry Jeff Walker is evoked on "Get Some" (with backing vocals by Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride). "Good Ole Boys" sounds exactly like its title, and pays tribute -- intentionally or not -- to Hank Williams, Jr.'s rockist brand of country. The other tunes tunes include the summery, midtempo shuffle that is "Drink on It," and the ballads "I'm Sorry" and "Over," both of which contain tension-built-to-crescendo bridges. The album's title track closes the set, and follows "Hey," an overly formulaic rowdy party anthem. The song "Red River Blue" is Shelton at his most uncharacteristically tender. It's a broken love song fueled by accordion, fiddle, and acoustic guitar. There's enough pedal steel to take the human heart and wrench it around before Lambert's backing vocals kick in and the tune goes over the edge into tearsville. For Shelton's fans, this is a whole helping of what you like best, and it's carefully formulated to be exactly that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2011
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624958482
  • Catalog Number: 527370
  • Sales rank: 568

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honey Bee (3:30)
  2. 2 Ready To Roll (3:36)
  3. 3 God Gave Me You (3:50)
  4. 4 Get Some (3:32)
  5. 5 Drink On It (3:31)
  6. 6 Good Ole Boys (3:08)
  7. 7 I'm Sorry (3:29)
  8. 8 Sunny in Seattle (3:27)
  9. 9 Over (3:13)
  10. 10 Hey (3:31)
  11. 11 Red River Blue (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blake Shelton Primary Artist
Eric Darken Percussion
Martina McBride Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello Bass
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh Percussion, Drums
Greg Morrow Percussion, Drums
Gordon Mote Piano, Hammond B3
Russ Pahl Pedal Steel Guitar
Eberhard Ramm Strings
Pamela Sixfin Strings
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Tim Akers Piano, Hammond B3
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar
Elizabeth Lamb Strings
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Miranda Lambert Background Vocals
Jessi Alexander Background Vocals
Carole Rabinowitz Strings
Mike Johnson Pedal Steel Guitar
Conni Ellisor Strings
Paul Jenkins Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Mark Hagen Digital Editing
Scott Hendricks Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Gordon Mote Programming
Craig Wiseman Composer, Producer
Rhett Akins Composer
Brian David Willis Digital Editing
Jon Randall Composer
Jim Beavers Composer
Zac Maloy Composer
Brady Barnett Digital Editing
Chris Stevens Producer, Engineer
Ben Phillips Digital Editing
Buddy Owens Composer
Todd Tidwell Digital Editing
Dave Barnes Composer
Jessi Alexander Composer
Rodney Clawson Composer
Ashley Gorley Composer
Ray Stephenson Composer
Chris Stapleton Composer
Jonathan Singleton Composer
Brooke Boling Art Direction
Hank Williams Mastering
Ben Hayslip Composer
Dallas Davidson Composer
David Elliott Johnson Composer
Clint Lagerberg Composer
Chris Dubois Composer
Lorena Lopez grooming
Paul Jenkins Composer
Chris Tompkins Composer
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  • Posted February 24, 2012

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    Red River Hits

    “Red River Blue” by Blake Shelton contains an assembly of uplifting songs. I was initially introduced to him through the cheerful “Honey Bee” song from “Now 39”. Naturally, getting this cd was the next step and worth it. The following are a few of the musical tracks that caught my attention:
    God Gave Me You: I admit that I’m not a religious person, but this song caught my attention because of its implied symbol of enduring love. “God Gave Me You” is a beautiful message of a romantic partner standing by someone through both happy and challenging times. The video to this song is also deeply touching because of the appearance of his wife (Miranda Lambert). One can see the enormous love that they have between each other through this video.
    Ready To Roll: “Ready to Roll” is a catchy song about enjoying a person’s company by just simply hanging out with them over the weekend.
    Over: “Over” is a heartfelt song about wanting to be in someone’s life to bring them joy.
    “Red River Blue” by Blake Shelton is best for those who enjoy contemporary country music.

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