Ten Rounds

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Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
Snarling guitars, a hard-driving rhythm section, and growling, macho vocals signal that Tracy Byrd's Ten Rounds is going the distance with a vengeance. The Texas dynamo's distinctive baritone voice has never been more effectively showcased than on the dozen well-turned songs here, which are given added ballast by the backing musicians' sure-handed feel for a variety of styles. The atmospheric "Just Let Me Be in Love" adds a south-of-the-border accent via Spanish guitar, which adds an eerie ambiance to Byrd's mournful plea to the woman of his dreams. On the other hand, a jubilant horn section conjures the appropriate party-hearty atmosphere to a surefire, rock-fueled ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Seth Kaufman
Snarling guitars, a hard-driving rhythm section, and growling, macho vocals signal that Tracy Byrd's Ten Rounds is going the distance with a vengeance. The Texas dynamo's distinctive baritone voice has never been more effectively showcased than on the dozen well-turned songs here, which are given added ballast by the backing musicians' sure-handed feel for a variety of styles. The atmospheric "Just Let Me Be in Love" adds a south-of-the-border accent via Spanish guitar, which adds an eerie ambiance to Byrd's mournful plea to the woman of his dreams. On the other hand, a jubilant horn section conjures the appropriate party-hearty atmosphere to a surefire, rock-fueled summer classic, "Ten Rounds of Jose Cuervo," as Byrd shouts it out like he's had to adopt a defensive posture more than once after absorbing a few salt-encrusted concoctions. "Wildfire," Michael Martin Murphey's '70s evergreen, is reenergized by a dramatic, nuanced approach meant to underscore the hopes and dreams the mystical stallion represents. Getting into a hard-country workout, Byrd and Mark Chesnutt blend their voices on the sizzling "A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side," with its lyrical reference to Van Halen echoed in the razor-edged, serpentine guitar solos. Byrd lovers will be woozy when this one's over, because Ten Rounds delivers a flurry of hard punches with maximum impact.
All Music Guide - Rick Cohoon
Tracy Byrd seems to have a knack for recording well-penned songs that pack an emotional punch using just the right words. Ten Rounds is no exception, but don't expect Byrd to drag you down with the "tear jerkers"; there's plenty of fun on this one too. Straying away from the pop sound that was infiltrating the music coming out of Nashville at the time of this album's release, Byrd's Ten Rounds is a traditional country album, but it isn't filled with the preachiness of the staunch traditionalists. Even "A Good Way to Get on My Bad Side," Byrd's duet with fellow Beaumont, TX, native Mark Chesnutt, doesn't cut completely to the quick when the two lambaste "boy band crap." The same song hails the music of the great Rolling Stones. Byrd's power ballad delivery is present too on cuts such as "Needed" and the Spanish-flavored "Just Let Me Be in Love." Playing the philosopher on "How Much Does the World Weigh," Byrd chronicles many of life's laments, reminding you to count your blessings. As always, Byrd lets the music speak his heart in Ten Rounds, and that's probably at least part of what makes him one of country music's most stable artists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • Label: Sony Special Product
  • UPC: 079899612526
  • Catalog Number: 96125

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tracy Byrd Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Marty Brown Background Vocals
Mark Chesnutt Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Curtis Wright Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Mike Brignardello Bass
John Cowan Background Vocals
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle, Mandolin
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
Mike Haynes Trumpet
John Jarvis Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ
Paul Leim Percussion, Drums
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Liana Manis Background Vocals
Brent Mason Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Russ Pahl Steel Guitar
Steve Patrick Trumpet
Tammy Pierce Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes Bass
Harry Stinson Background Vocals
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Telecaster
Bill Watson Acoustic Guitar
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Rivers Rutherford Acoustic Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Andy Griggs Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Tracy Byrd Producer
Julian King Engineer
Steve Tillisch Engineer
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Producer
Jason Lehning Engineer
Benny Quinn Mastering
Ricky Cobble Engineer
Beth Lee Art Direction
Casey Beathard Composer
Michael Patrick Heeney Composer
Marla Suzanne Cannon Composer
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