Tangled in the Pines

Tangled in the Pines

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by BR5-49
     
 

After a lengthy hiatus, BR5-49 return with a reshuffled lineup that sounds as fresh and vibrant as ever on a dozen original songs that flaunt the band's well-crafted lyrics, their instrumental prowess, and frontman Chuck Mead's personable singing. The quintet haven't forsaken their roots in traditional country and honky-tonk -- and there's still at least one…  See more details below

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After a lengthy hiatus, BR5-49 return with a reshuffled lineup that sounds as fresh and vibrant as ever on a dozen original songs that flaunt the band's well-crafted lyrics, their instrumental prowess, and frontman Chuck Mead's personable singing. The quintet haven't forsaken their roots in traditional country and honky-tonk -- and there's still at least one collective foot in rockabilly -- but there's an energy here that speaks to modern dance hall sensibilities and compares favorably with the house-wrecking the band does in concert. Typical of the new approach is "Movin' the Country," which settles into a twangy, Skynyrd-flavored groove as Mead declaims a lyric about trying to bust through the Nashville machine. He's equally impressive on "She's Talking to Someone (She's Not Talking to Me)," where he relates the sad story of losing the woman he loves, backed by a loping groove, chiming guitars, and lovely mandolin lines. The band cook up a mighty whirlwind of sizzling, wailing guitars, doghouse bass, and furious percussion on the party-hearty closing tune, "Way Too Late (To Go Home Early Now)." Ballad or barn-burner, BR5-49's got everything together, and there are plenty of surprises, both lyrical and musical, to make this the richest album yet from these stalwart contemporary traditionalists.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
When BR549 were dropped by Sony following the critical and commercial disappointment of 2001's This Is BR549, and bassist Jay McDowell and guitarist and vocalist Gary Bennett responded to this news by leaving the band, it wasn't difficult to imagine that Lower Broadway's finest had become a spent force. But thankfully, BR549 have not only bounced back from a severely rough patch, they've returned with their finest studio album since their self-titled debut, 2004's Tangled in the Pines. Blending a lean, roots rock energy with their passionate devotion to traditional country styles, Tangled in the Pines enlivens and updates BR549's sound far better than that lone Sony release (talk about a pleasant irony), while still reflecting what they do best. New members Geoff Firebaugh (bass) and Chris Scruggs (guitar and vocals) fit the group like a glove, adding new blood without disturbing BR549's essential personality, and the tart energy of "Movin' the Country" and "Ain't Got Time" pushes this band forward without losing track of what made them special. And the all-originals, no-covers set list is a nice reminder that these guys can write songs just as well as they play 'em, a fact that often gets lost in the shuffle. Who knows if BR549 are ever going to break through to the Toby Keith-loving masses, but if they don't, Tangled in the Pines stands as exceptionally strong proof that it's the audience that is missing out in that transaction.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020114920
catalogNumber:
1149

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

BR5-49   Primary Artist
Hawk Shaw Wilson   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Chuck Mead   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Don Herron   Fiddle,Mandolin,Hawaiian Guitar,Group Member
Chris Scruggs   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Geoff Firebaugh   Bass,Electric Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

BR5-49   Producer
Maude Gilman   Art Direction
Hawk Shaw Wilson   Composer
Chuck Mead   Composer
Don Herron   Composer
Chris Scruggs   Composer
Jan Masters Yon   Cover Illustration
"Cowboy" Keith Thompson   Producer
Paul Gannon   Engineer
Brenda Colladay   Composer

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