Anywhere But Here

Anywhere But Here

by Chris Cagle
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Anywhere But Here

On his third album, Anywhere But Here, Chris Cagle's rock influences shine stronger than ever. Not only does he cover Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" and name-drop Lynyrd Skynyrd, but "Hey Ya'll" has a defiant, hard-rocking swagger and he favors anthemic mid-tempo tunes built on classic rock to honky tonk ravers. But in a time where Big & Rich and their Muzik Mafia cohorts are rewriting contemporary country music as a flashy, ironic lark, this devotion to classic and Southern rock makes Cagle a bit of a traditionalist, and he wears it well on Anywhere But Here. While some of the power ballads veer a little bit toward the generic, there are a bunch of strong songs here, ranging from the opening "You Might Want to Think About It," where Cagle takes a stand for Middle America, to the soaring "Maria," which may be his best fusion of modern country and AOR. Throughout it all, Cagle remains an appealing singer -- his voice may be a little thin, but it's friendly, and it can help sell his tales of love, loss, and living. Anywhere But Here may not be a knockout, but it's a thoroughly likeable, engaging record that proves Chris Cagle is something of a country everyman for 2005, which not only makes him endearing, but a little refreshing next to such oversize personalities as Big & Rich and Toby Keith.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Liberty
UPC: 0724357738026
catalogNumber: 77380

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Cagle   Primary Artist
Steve Turner   Percussion,Drums
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin,Cello
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Robert Wright   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Rich Herring   Acoustic Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Electric Guitar
John Carroll   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Composer
Richie Sambora   Composer
John Goodwin   Composer
Monty Powell   Composer
Joe Rogers   Cover Design
Craig White   Engineer
Brett James   Composer
Tom Shapiro   Composer
Bobby Terry   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Chris Cagle   Composer,Producer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Robert Wright   Producer,Engineer,Loop
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Troy Verges   Composer
D. Vincent Williams   Composer
Wade Kirby   Composer

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