The Road & the Rodeo

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On one hand, Aaron Watson's The Road & the Rodeo stays close to his Texas country music, singer/songwriter roots; on the other, this is easily his slickest record to date and swinging for the fences in Nashville. While the album doesn't contain many of the '70s rock-influenced sounds -- enormously compressed electric guitars or crunchy, booming arena rock drums --that are de rigueur for so many Nashville studios in the 21st century (and so popular with contemporary country radio programmers), it's far smoother than the rowdy, good-time honky tonk sounds on his earlier offerings. Evidence of this shift occurred on 2008's Angels & Outlaws, but given mostly reflective ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On one hand, Aaron Watson's The Road & the Rodeo stays close to his Texas country music, singer/songwriter roots; on the other, this is easily his slickest record to date and swinging for the fences in Nashville. While the album doesn't contain many of the '70s rock-influenced sounds -- enormously compressed electric guitars or crunchy, booming arena rock drums --that are de rigueur for so many Nashville studios in the 21st century (and so popular with contemporary country radio programmers), it's far smoother than the rowdy, good-time honky tonk sounds on his earlier offerings. Evidence of this shift occurred on 2008's Angels & Outlaws, but given mostly reflective material, it was less apparent than it is here. Watson, who wrote or co-wrote over half of the set's 15 numbers, is still open to experimentation, however, letting his opening title cut go on for just over a minute before abruptly cutting off, seemingly in the middle never to return, making the listener think something is wrong with her stereo. Elliot Park's "The Road" kicks things off properly, with an uptempo Telecaster, pedal steel, and fiddle-drenched tale of life and its various adventures cleverly compared to road surfaces. Next up is a cover of Tom Petty's hit "Walls." Watson employs pedal steel and fiddle, and ratchets up the pace, but ultimately it goes nowhere, adding nothing to the song or the album. "Fast Cars and Slow Kisses" was written and recorded as fodder for radio and is virtually indistinguishable from mainstream contemporary country. Bruce Robison's "Drivin' All Night Long" keeps some Texas honky tonk inside its polished Nash Vegas grooves. That said, Texas roots music still looms large in Watson's vision. "God Bless Her Crazy Heart" rocks, but like something out of the prime of Waylon Jennings' and Willie Nelson's live band stomp. "Houston" and "Hollywood" are pure Texas country & western, with loads of swinging steel, popping cut-time basslines, and in-the-pocket shuffling drums. The Road & the Rodeo is a mixed bag that tries to please everybody, and to some degree does, but it also makes the listener wonder just where Watson will go from here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: Big Label Records
  • UPC: 643157413066
  • Catalog Number: 574130
  • Sales rank: 89,418

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Road & The Rodeo (1:09)
  2. 2 The Road (3:21)
  3. 3 Walls (3:10)
  4. 4 Best For Last (3:44)
  5. 5 Fast Cars Slow Kisses (3:10)
  6. 6 Bless Her Crazy Heart (4:08)
  7. 7 Zero To Sixty (3:54)
  8. 8 Sweetheart of the Rodeo (2:29)
  9. 9 Conflict (3:26)
  10. 10 Houston (2:57)
  11. 11 Hollywood (3:09)
  12. 12 High Price of Fame (3:30)
  13. 13 The Things You'll Do (3:16)
  14. 14 Drivin' All Night Long (4:11)
  15. 15 After the Rodeo (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aaron Watson Primary Artist
Ray Benson Acoustic Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Lloyd Maines Steel Guitar
Hayden Nicholas Acoustic Guitar
Jason Roberts Fiddle
David Sanger Drums
Redd Volkaert Electric Guitar
Glenn Fukunaga Bass
Chris Gage Piano
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Jondan McBride Acoustic Guitar
Sam Seifert Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jason Lerma Electric Guitar
Will Armstrong Drums
Technical Credits
Tom Petty Composer
Larry Gatlin Composer
Don Cobb Mastering
Bruce Robinson Composer
Don Rollins Composer
Mark Sissel Composer
Drew Womack Composer
Richard Barrow Engineer
Eric Conn Mastering
Aaron Watson Composer
Adam Odor Engineer
Sam Seifert Engineer
Shauna Dodds Art Direction
Troy Olsen Composer
Jesse O'Brien Engineer
David Dunn Composer
Elliot Park Composer
Sarah Dodds Art Direction
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