Reggae's Gone Country

Reggae's Gone Country

     
 
Cristy Barber, a VP at VP Records, the world's biggest reggae label, just happened to be a country music fan as well, and he had a vision of combining the two genres in what one has to admit is an unlikely hybrid. Parts of the 13 tracks on Reggae's Gone Country, the album that was born of this, were recorded in Kingston with

Overview

Cristy Barber, a VP at VP Records, the world's biggest reggae label, just happened to be a country music fan as well, and he had a vision of combining the two genres in what one has to admit is an unlikely hybrid. Parts of the 13 tracks on Reggae's Gone Country, the album that was born of this, were recorded in Kingston with reggae producer and saxophonist Dean Fraser, and parts were recorded in Nashville by producer John Rich, the Rich part of the country duo Big & Rich. Does it work? Sometimes it does but mostly it doesn't. The sound is clear, sharp, and smooth, full of sweeping pedal steel lines, and it's exactly what a Nashville reggae album would sound like, because that's what it is -- there isn't a whole lot of Kingston here, outside of the light and sunny island vibe. Some of these tracks, though, are pretty interesting, and Tessanne Chin's wonderfully jazzy and soulful take on "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," Freddie McGregor's appropriately jaunty "The King of the Road," Gramps Morgan's seductive and funky "Feels So Right," and L.U.S.T.'s Kingston jug band romp through "Flowers on the Wall" are all well worth a listen. They work because somehow those songs translate well between Nashville and Kingston. Most of the tracks here don't do that, though, and seem more like sideshow rides at the carnival. They hint at way more than they deliver.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2011
Label:
Vp Records / Wea
UPC:
0093624955061
catalogNumber:
528525
Rank:
206607

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Gatlin   Background Vocals
Dalton Browne   Background Vocals
Glen Browne   Bass
Donald Dennis   Bass
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Dean Fraser   Background Vocals
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Denver Smith   Percussion
Jonathan Yudkin   Banjo,Fiddle
Carol Dexter   Background Vocals
Mitchum Chin   Guitar
Shaun Darson   Drums
Robbie Lyn   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Kirk Bennett   Drums
Carol McLaughlin   Keyboards
Duane Stephenson   Background Vocals
Aeion Hoilett   Bass
Lamont "Monty Rankin" Savory   Guitar
Andrew Marsh   Keyboards
Chris Smith   Background Vocals
Sherieta Lewis   Background Vocals
Sherida Sharpe   Background Vocals
Mike Johnson   Pedal Steel Guitar
Oral Brown   Drums
Nadine Henry   Background Vocals
Karel Wisdom   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Claude King   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Marty Robbins   Composer
Roger Miller   Composer
Larry Gatlin   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Dean Fraser   Producer
Curly Putman   Composer
Chris Stone   Engineer
Greg Morris   Engineer
Charlie "Steele" Pennachio   Producer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Roland McDermott   Engineer
Cristy Barber   Producer,Marketing
Chris Chin   Producer
Carlos Allwood   Engineer
John Rich   Producer
Romel Marshall   Engineer
Deron James   Art Direction
Michael Howell   Engineer
Sean Giovanni   Engineer
David E. Mallory   Composer
Bruce Noel Stevens   Composer
Bruce Burton   Marketing
Audrey Alison   Composer
Richard C. Leigh   Composer
Raymond Barber   Producer
Randy Yeuell Owen   Composer
Randy Lyn McCormick   Composer
Marle Kilgore   Composer
Lewis Calvin Dewitt   Composer
Joe Alison   Composer
Edward Thomas Rabbit   Composer

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