Right About Now

Right About Now

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by Ty Herndon
     
 

Country singer Ty Herndon is back in the studio after a six-year break. Yeah, there was a Christmas record a couple of years back, but this is the first time the Meridian, Mississippi wonder has done an honest to goodness modern country record in nearly seven years. Herndon hit the charts and the road in a fury during the mid-'90s, and his demons hit back hard. Right:… See more details below

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Country singer Ty Herndon is back in the studio after a six-year break. Yeah, there was a Christmas record a couple of years back, but this is the first time the Meridian, Mississippi wonder has done an honest to goodness modern country record in nearly seven years. Herndon hit the charts and the road in a fury during the mid-'90s, and his demons hit back hard. Right: Herndon had a hellhound on his trail. Right About Now is one of those records that a man makes when he feels he has everything to prove. On the Jackson/Titan independent label (which is distributed by Fontana), Herndon lays out 11 new songs with help from songwriters like producer Darrell Brown, Keith Urban, Jess Cates, Beth Nielsen Chapman and others. The opener, written by Brown, Radney Foster, and Urban is a downtempo modern country rocker turned personal anthem. Herndon's voice is not only unchanged from his missing years, it's stronger, his phrasing is tighter and more expressive, and his manner of handling a song is entirely his own. "You Still Own Me" opens with a fiddle and a banjo and a shuffling snare. It's modern country at its best. This is one of those tracks that if the radio programmers have guts and his label can come up with the cash for a video (Trey Fanjoy should direct it, if there's any justice) it's all but a guaranteed hit. This is the kind of song that Sara Evans can pull off without a lot of trouble, but few male singers can make it seem so easy. Herndon has soul and plenty of it. You can hear the gospel in his voice, his love of the old country songs, but his delivery is thoroughly contemporary. And dig the slippery backbone delivery in John Mallory's and Marcus Hummon's "Love Revival." This is as fine a mid-tempo country love song as there is. It is both prayer and anthem, a statement of purpose, a declaration of commitment and a plea to be met in the middle. "Mercy Line" is a downright soul tune that comes right out of the strut and groove of Memphis in the Stax era-but sung by a true country singer. But hell, Herndon can sing anything he wants. Here is an other surefire hit if the label can get down and push radio programmers ears inside it. This is one of those tracks that folks will be turning up and could cross over. If it were Jennifer Nettles singing it, there would be no discussion, but there are few male vocalists who have the necessary muscle and sensitivity to pull this one off. In sum, Right About Now is a monster of a record, period, comeback or no. Herndon re-enters the scene more talented and far more mature than he left it. It's time for Nashville -- and the rest country music's faithful -- to sit up, listen and take notice that a real master has returned. Right About Now is solid, top to bottom. Welcome back Ty.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/09/2007
Label:
Pyramid Media
UPC:
0854750001097
catalogNumber:
50109

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ty Herndon   Primary Artist
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Lisa Bevill   Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Musician
Chad Cromwell   Musician
Dan Dugmore   Musician
Bruce Gaitsch   Musician
Gregg Galbraith   Musician
Kenny Greenberg   Musician
Tony Harrell   Musician
Jim Hoke   Musician
Marcus Hummon   Background Vocals
John Jarvis   Musician
Craig Krampf   Musician
Chris McHugh   Musician
Greg Morrow   Musician
Alison Prestwood   Musician
Michael Rhodes   Musician
Kim Richey   Background Vocals
Leah Taylor   Background Vocals
Jonathan Yudkin   Strings,Musician
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Joanna Cotten   Background Vocals
Mike Paragone   Vocals
Matthew Burgess   Musician
Jocelyn Taylor   Background Vocals
Keifer Thompson   Background Vocals
Emily West   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Beth Nielsen Chapman   Composer
Kevin Paige   Composer
Radney Foster   Composer
Greg Barnhill   Composer
Darrell Brown   Producer
Jess Cates   Composer
Marcus Hummon   Composer
David Leonard   Engineer
Mills Logan   Mastering
Dennis Matkosky   Composer,Producer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Jonathan Yudkin   Producer,String Arrangements
Noah Gordon   Composer
Ty Herndon   Producer,Liner Notes
Keith Urban   Composer
John Mallory   Composer
Arnie Roman   Composer
Dennis Matosky   Composer
Mike Paragone   overdub engineer
Leigh Brannon   Executive Producer
Johnny Reid   Composer
Sebastian Paul   Cover Design,Logo Design

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