You Do Your Thing

You Do Your Thing

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by Montgomery Gentry
     
 

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The rowdy boys in Montgomery Gentry veer dangerously close to sentimentality in the opening bars of "Something to Be Proud Of," but they soon snap to and roar mightily through this anthemic celebration of traditional values and the blue-collar work ethic. The title song also begins with an unsettlingly reflective tone before it builds to a roiling, twanging treatise… See more details below

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The rowdy boys in Montgomery Gentry veer dangerously close to sentimentality in the opening bars of "Something to Be Proud Of," but they soon snap to and roar mightily through this anthemic celebration of traditional values and the blue-collar work ethic. The title song also begins with an unsettlingly reflective tone before it builds to a roiling, twanging treatise on self-determination. In fact, a theme actually rears its head on You Do Your Thing, as many of its songs find someone turning away from a frivolous pursuit and figuring out what matters in the world, whether that be a day of hard work or learning to appreciate a good woman's love and support. The boys get ambitious stylistically on the dance-hall stomper "If It's the Last Thing I Do," bringing in pumping R&B horns and a gospel-style chorus. "She Loves Me," a surging ballad pockmarked with pedal steel strains and wailing lead guitar, tells the story of a fellow who gave up his dreams of rock stardom and "got a real job / fixin' trucks and cars" so he could be a responsible mate to the woman who stands by him. They deal some tough, turgid country blues on the self-explanatory wailer "I Got Drunk" and bring in their spiritual touchstone in the form of Hank Williams Jr. to add some gravitas to the shuffling ballad "I Ain't Got It All That Bad," a man's confession of ditching his hedonistic lifestyle in favor of something more solid and fulfilling. Not to worry, though, beef eaters: The music remains muscular, bruising hard country, even when there's some navel gazing going on.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On album number four, Troy and Eddie make no major breaks with the tried and true formula that weds solid modern country music to the long raucous tradition of redneck rock. But then again, they don't need to. It's true, they streamline it, rock it up, and bring in some more rock & roll, but essentially, these cats lay down 12 very solid tracks written by a slew of Nash Vegas songwriters, most notably Rivers Rutherford, Jeffrey Steele, and Bob DiPiero, who wrote the lion's share of the set. Steele and Rutherford also produced various tracks, as did Blake Chancey and Joe Scaife. But it all comes down to the performances, and Montgomery Gentry sing these songs like they were their own. And in a sense, now they are. The album opens with, "Something To Be Proud Of," a reflective country song that looks at the past as a way of informing the present. It's got the anthemic chorus, but for the most part it digs deep into the heart of country music. The red, white, and blue individualism of the title cut may be hard for some fans to swallow -- but unlike many others who sing anthems to jingoistic patriotism or make self-righteous accusatory judgments in the name of political correctness (the other censorship), these good ol' boys offer tolerance at the heart of their message and insist on it in return. (And the roaring refrain is on a wailing par with that of "My Town.") The album's first single, "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," with its crunching guitars in the refrain, popping banjo in the verse, and even hip-hop scratching in the backdrop, is the summertime country-rock anthem for 2004. Rebel rock granddaddy Hank Williams, Jr. shows up on "I Ain't Got It All That Bad," a rootsy, moving statement of gratitude and acceptance that is the most resonant track on the set. There is also the sheer rock & roll roar of cuts like "If It's the Last Thing I Do" and "Gone," and the hillbilly craziness of "I Got Drunk," written by one of this album's guitarists, David Grissom. Grissom, who spent many years with Joe Ely and later starred with the John Mellencamp band, outshines virtually everyone here with his searing tone, in-the-pocket licks, and soulful fills -- and he never overplays. There are even a couple of old-school love songs here in "She Loved Me" and the midtempo ballad "All I Know About Mexico." Ultimately, this is easily the finest outing by modern country's most relevant duo; it rocks, it's soulful, and it's memorable.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969055823
catalogNumber:
90558

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Montgomery Gentry   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion,Musician
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals,Musician
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar,Musician
Butch Carr   Overdubs
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Musician
Chris Dunn   Horn,Musician
Shannon Forrest   Drums,Musician
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar,Musician
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Musician
Tony Harrell   Keyboards,Musician
Jim Horn   Horn,Musician
Sam Levine   Horn,Musician
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums,Musician
Russ Pahl   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Steel Guitar,Musician
Billy Panda   Acoustic Guitar,Musician,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Steve Patrick   Horn,Musician
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Musician
Joe Scaife   Background Vocals,Musician
Billy Sherrill   Overdubs
Hank Williams   Vocals
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki
Reese Wynans   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,Musician,Hammond B3
Tom Hambridge   Background Vocals,Musician
Neil Thrasher   Background Vocals,Musician
Jeffrey Steele   Background Vocals,Musician
Angela Primm   Background Vocals,Musician
Gabrielle West   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Banjo,Bouzouki,Musician
Rivers Rutherford   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Musician
Jason Sellers   Background Vocals,Musician
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals,Musician
Todd Gunnerson   Overdubs
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals,Musician
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar,Musician
Eddie Montgomery   Vocals
Mark Hill   Bass,Musician
Shannon Forest   Drums
Gretchen Wilson   Background Vocals,Musician
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar,Musician
Gale West   Background Vocals,Musician
Troy Montgomery   Vocals

Technical Credits

Blake Chancey   Producer,Audio Production
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Joe Scaife   Producer,Audio Production
George Teren   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Mark Wright   Executive Producer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Ronnie Thomas   Digital Editing
Jeffrey Steele   Composer,Producer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Bart Pursley   overdub engineer
Kim Tribble   Composer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Kelley Lovelace   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jason Sellers   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Chris Wallin   Composer
Troy Gentry   Composer
B. Campbell   Composer
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development
Sylvia Meiler   Creative Producer
Chip Matthews   overdub engineer
Ed Hill   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering

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