Rockie Lynne

Rockie Lynne

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North Carolina native Rockie Lynne has knocked around a bit, but he's making the most of his major-label break, with a chart-topping country single and now a solid debut album that nods to the mainstream while revealing and reveling in tradition. Writing or co-writing all of the album's dozen songs, Lynne's a true country romantic, he's expecting things to work out,… See more details below

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North Carolina native Rockie Lynne has knocked around a bit, but he's making the most of his major-label break, with a chart-topping country single and now a solid debut album that nods to the mainstream while revealing and reveling in tradition. Writing or co-writing all of the album's dozen songs, Lynne's a true country romantic, he's expecting things to work out, and he's delirious when they do. He loves being in love. The opening cut, "Lipstick," is a twanging, scorching bit of hillbilly rock à la Marty Stuart (whose former producer, Tony Brown, is behind the board here), about reconciling and celebrating getting "back to us." In the urgent ballad "The Only Reason," against a backdrop of moody B3, acoustic guitar strums, fiddle moans and pedal steel cries, Lynne shouts his vow to a woman for whom he's leaving his beloved Texas, headed for Louisiana and "a place he can finally call home." A lilting, fiddle-rich George Strait-style love ballad, "More" finds Lynne crooning extravagant sweet nothings to his paramour. Admirably rocking out on "Super Country Cowboy," tearing it up on guitar on the bluesy, philosophical "Every Man's Got a Mountain," and waving the flag for our men and women in uniform in the gently thumping "Red, White and Blue," Lynne shows he's got the goods to parlay this promising start into a significant career.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On the cover of his eponymous 2006 debut, Rockie Lynne looks a little like a little brother of Australian country hunk Keith Urban and his blend of contemporary country, melodic pop, and anthemic rock is not all that dissimilar to Urban, either. And like Urban, who can never quite escape his roots in New Zealand and Australia, Lynne is most certainly the product of his homeland, but Rockie is from the American South, so his modern country feels a little more genuinely country than Urban's. Even when Lynne's music seems a little calculated -- and there are plenty of times where it does, especially on the ridiculous watered-down Big & Rich of "Super Country Cowboy," the sappy "That's Where Songs Come From," and the well-intentioned we're-all-American clichés of "Red, White and Blue" ("The black man, the white man, and the Sioux/The middle class, the poor, and the well to do/They're red, white, and blue") -- it is a calculation that's purely American, and feels genuine. Plus, even if these songs pander a little, they do illustrate that Lynne knows how to craft songs that push the right buttons to get him heard and get him on the charts, and that hits at the heart of what makes Rockie Lynne an appealing debut: behind his good-looks image, Lynne is a solid songwriter and singer, turning out friendly, sturdy modern country, whether it's on lightly rocking tunes like "Big Time in a Small Town," surging country-pop like "Lipstick," or sentimental ballads like "More." He may not push the boundaries of the genre much, but he works well within its confines, hitting the mark more often than not. Not every cut here works, but the ones that do are quite good and add up to a mainstream country debut that's both satisfying and promising.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
Label:
Universal South
UPC:
0602498846483
catalogNumber:
000536302
Rank:
148229

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Performance Credits

Rockie Lynne   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar
Cindy Walker   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Thomas Flora   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Chris Leuzinger   Electric Guitar
George Marinelli   Electric Guitar
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Prentice   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Hank Singer   Fiddle
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
James Stroud   Drums
Robby Turner   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Jack Solomon   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Rob Crosby   Composer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Tony Brown   Producer,Audio Production
Blake Chancey   Producer,Audio Production
Kevin Douglas   Composer
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Richard Leigh   Composer
Dennis Morgan   Composer
Monty Powell   Composer
Mark Prentice   Composer
Sharon Vaughn   Composer
Kevin Law   Producer,Audio Production
Dan LeBlanc   Producer
Chuck Ainlay   Engineer
Will Rambeaux   Composer
Kim Tribble   Composer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Adam Ayan   Mastering
Christopher Kornmann   Art Direction
Rockie Lynne   Composer

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