Reggae's Gone Country

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2011
  • Label: Vp Records / Wea
  • UPC: 093624955061
  • Catalog Number: 528525

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 California - Romain Virgo (3:31)
  2. 2 He'll Have To Go - Luciano (3:36)
  3. 3 Wolverton Mountain - Richie Stephens (4:01)
  4. 4 Crazy - Etana (3:40)
  5. 5 The Chair - Tarrus Riley (3:50)
  6. 6 He Stopped Loving Her Today - Beres Hammond (4:23)
  7. 7 Suspicions - Duane Stephenson (4:40)
  8. 8 Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Tessanne Chin (4:46)
  9. 9 Feels So Right - Gramps Morgan (4:04)
  10. 10 The King of the Road - Freddie McGregor (4:00)
  11. 11 El Paso - Sanchez (6:14)
  12. 12 Flowers On the Wall (3:50)
  13. 13 The Gambler - Busy Signal (4:03)
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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
Chris Athens Mastering
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 Jr. Composer
Joe Alison Composer
Edward Thomas Rabbit Composer
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