The House Rules

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Christian Kane writes most of the material on his solo debut, which is essentially an expanded version of the self-titled EP he released six months earlier. Featuring all five of the EP's tracks -- "House Rules," "Whiskey in Mind," "Let Me Go," "Making Circles," and "American Made" -- as well as a handful of newer numbers, it presents Kane as a confident country-rock songwriter, with most of the songs telling familiar tales of Southern women, small-town bars, and party-filled weekends. Producer Bob Ezrin, famous for his work on landmark albums like The Wall and Kiss' Destroyer, handles the songs well, purposely roughing up the faster numbers and polishing the ballads with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Christian Kane writes most of the material on his solo debut, which is essentially an expanded version of the self-titled EP he released six months earlier. Featuring all five of the EP's tracks -- "House Rules," "Whiskey in Mind," "Let Me Go," "Making Circles," and "American Made" -- as well as a handful of newer numbers, it presents Kane as a confident country-rock songwriter, with most of the songs telling familiar tales of Southern women, small-town bars, and party-filled weekends. Producer Bob Ezrin, famous for his work on landmark albums like The Wall and Kiss' Destroyer, handles the songs well, purposely roughing up the faster numbers and polishing the ballads with countrypolitan gloss. The result is a bar-band record with several slow-dance moments, including a faithful version of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • Label: Bigger Picture Group
  • UPC: 093624962908
  • Catalog Number: 525573

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The House Rules (3:39)
  2. 2 Something's Gotta Give (4:29)
  3. 3 Thinking of You (3:37)
  4. 4 Whiskey In Mind (2:45)
  5. 5 Let's Take a Drive (2:57)
  6. 6 Callin' All Country Women (3:31)
  7. 7 American Made (3:47)
  8. 8 Let Me Go (4:23)
  9. 9 Seven Days (3:25)
  10. 10 Making Circles (3:29)
  11. 11 Fast Car (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christian Kane Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar
Bekka Bramlett Background Vocals
Steve Brewster Drums
Pat Buchanan Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Chad Cromwell Drums
Bob Ezrin Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Steve Fishell Steel Guitar
Béla Fleck Banjo
Shannon Forrest Drums
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Chris McHugh Drums
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
John Metcalfe Strings
Jimmie Lee Sloas Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Bazouki
Jonathan Yudkin Strings
Tim Akers Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Tommy Henriksen Electric Guitar
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson Harmonica
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar, Octave Mandolin
Adam Shoenfeld Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jason Roller Fiddle, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Rich Redmond Drums
Justin Cortelyou Trombone, Slide Trumpet
Jason Southard Guitar, Electric Guitar
Charlie Judge Keyboards
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Steven Carlson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Richie Biggs Engineer
Bob Ezrin Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
John Metcalfe String Arrangements
Jimmie Lee Sloas Composer, Producer
Brian Virtue Engineer
Jonathan Yudkin String Arrangements
Tommy Henriksen Programming, Additional Production
Dean Baskerville Engineer
Chip Matthews Engineer
Justin Cortelyou Engineer
S. Carlson Composer
P. Madeira Composer
T. Chapman Composer
D. Orton Composer
T. Shapiro Composer
Dale Manning Artwork
Eric Griffin Management
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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    Terrific CD!

    I agree with the other reviewers -- this is a CD every country music fan should have. It blends the best of classic and modern country music. It starts off with "The House Rules," an in-your-face tune that marries country music and rock. Like the song says, "it's country music, a little soul; it's a rock-and-roll rodeo." From there, the disc moves to "Something's Gotta Give," a classic country song that a lot of us can identify with, about trying and trying and never being able to get ahead. "Thinking of You" is the tune that Christian sang on the TV series Leverage, and it's even better here than it was on the TV show. I think my favorites are the last two songs on the CD. "Making Circles" is another classic country song about two people stuck in a relationship that doesn't work, unable to break away. "Fast Car" is a cover of the Tracy Chapman hit; Christian keeps it lean and pure -- it's a song that needs no embellishment. This is a great CD -- one to play over and over.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

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    Love the CD - hardly leaves my stereo!

    The music has a nice change from one song to another. It's a fun CD to listen to if you are in the mood to party or want to slow down your mood. Waiting for the next one to come out in the future.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

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    Must Have for Country Fans

    Leverage and Angel star, Christian Kane isn't just another actor-turned-musician. This guy was made for country music. He has a great sound and good, original lyrics (most of which were written himself). While this is his first major release, he's actually been performing with his band for about a decade. The title song, "House Rules" alone is worth the price of the album and you can catch the video on CMT.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    CD is Awesome - It starts out making you want to get up and dance and only gets better from there!

    This CD is a great Country/Southern Rock mixture. From the title song the "House Rules" making you want to get up and dance to the softer heart rendering "Let Me Go" Christian gives a great mix of songs that only leaves you wanting to hear more!

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