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Rockin' in the Country

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Now this is a switch -- or at least appears to be. In 2007 contemporary country singer Daryle Singletary returned to recording with the fine Straight from the Heart, a collection of classic honky tonk songs and barroom weepers. They came from the likes of Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard, George Jones, and others, and though the production leaned on the modern side, the music was classic country. That said, imagine the surprise at the opening title track, which not only features an appearance by Charlie Daniels, but rocks harder than anything he's ever cut and fits the cookie-cutter mold of big guitar contemporary country seamlessly. It's such an obvious attempt at a hit single ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Now this is a switch -- or at least appears to be. In 2007 contemporary country singer Daryle Singletary returned to recording with the fine Straight from the Heart, a collection of classic honky tonk songs and barroom weepers. They came from the likes of Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard, George Jones, and others, and though the production leaned on the modern side, the music was classic country. That said, imagine the surprise at the opening title track, which not only features an appearance by Charlie Daniels, but rocks harder than anything he's ever cut and fits the cookie-cutter mold of big guitar contemporary country seamlessly. It's such an obvious attempt at a hit single that it's almost pitiable. Thankfully, the rest of this set doesn't follow suit, and Singletary goes back to what he does best: singing more traditionally oriented material with contemporary lyrics and production. Singletary's baritone is so rich and so expressive and soulful that he could sing the obituaries out of the newspaper, so, while his desire for chart success is understandable, his producers Greg Cole and Chuck Rhodes only give so much. They get the sheen that makes so much contemporary country music sound like the equivalent of 1970s polyester, but they keep the arrangements close and honest and most of the material inside the realm of Singletary's great emotional strength as a vocalist. Other cuts on this set that are more notable include "Love You with the Lights On"; "How Can I Believe in You When You'll Be Leaving Me"; "If I Ever Get Her Back"; his own "She's a Woman," a beautiful ballad with a gentle bossa groove !!!; and the stellar "She Sure Looks Good in Black." There are other potential singles here for Singletary in his reading of Jimmy Wayne's "Going Through Hell With You Again," with its bluesy groove and high lonesome banjo introducing the electric guitars, and "They Know How to Grow Em," which continues the faux Southern rock reprise of the title cut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 684038987825
  • Catalog Number: 9878
  • Sales rank: 87,885

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daryle Singletary Primary Artist
Rhonda Vincent Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Glen Duncan Choir, Chorus
Gary Prim Piano
Curtis Wright Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Robert Bailey Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Charlie Daniels Fiddle, Vocals, Soloist
Kim Fleming Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Kevin Grantt Bass
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Tony Harrell Piano
Steve Hawkins Drums
John Jarvis Piano
Dirk Johnson Piano
Paul Leim Drums
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Randy McCormick Piano
Terry McMillan Harmonica
Danny Parks Electric Guitar
Catherine Styron Synthesizer
Darrin Vincent Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Denny Jiosa Guitar, Soloist
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Deanna Cox Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Joe Caverlee Fiddle
Madison Clark Children's Chorus
Technical Credits
Vern Gosdin Composer
Paul Overstreet Composer
John Denver Composer
Curtis Wright Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Kevin Beamish Engineer
Buddy Cannon Composer
Gregory Cole Producer, Engineer
Bill Danoff Composer
Patrick Kelly Engineer
Randy LeRoy Mastering
Gordon Mote Contributor
Billy Yates Composer
Daryle Singletary Composer
Ricky Cobble Engineer
Terry Skinner Composer
Billy Lawson Composer
Chuck Rhodes Producer
Dale Dodson Composer
Wynn Varble Composer
Christophe Dubois Composer
David Cory Lee Composer
Jimmy Melton Composer
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