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Big Backyard Beat Show
     

Big Backyard Beat Show

by BR5-49
 
BR5-49's second full album, Big Backyard Beat Show, was something of a "sophomore dip" rather than a full-on "sophomore slump"; given how strong the group's self-titled debut was, expecting lightning to strike with the same impact twice in a row was probably foolish, and on their second trip to the recording studio BR5-49 sound just a

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BR5-49's second full album, Big Backyard Beat Show, was something of a "sophomore dip" rather than a full-on "sophomore slump"; given how strong the group's self-titled debut was, expecting lightning to strike with the same impact twice in a row was probably foolish, and on their second trip to the recording studio BR5-49 sound just a bit less lively. More importantly, Big Backyard Beat Show's set list isn't quite as impressive, though there are certainly some top-notch originals, in particular "Storybook Endings (If You Stop Believin')," a poignant story of a busted marriage; "18 Wheels and a Crowbar," a hard-edged tale of a trucker on the edge, and a witty celebration of various forms of misbehavior, "Out of Habit." If anything, where this set stumbles a bit is on the cover tunes, as the band's attempt to put a country swing to "Seven Nights to Rock" and "Wild One" sound a bit half-hearted, though they sound a lot more comfortable on Buck Owens' "There Goes My Love" and Billy Joe Shaver's "Georgia on a Fast Train." And while BR5-49 still sound admirably tight and enthusiastic here (with multi-instrumentalist Don Herron especially impressive), the production by Jozef Nuyens and Mike Janas adds another coat of slickness to the band's approach, and it doesn't serve them well. Still, anyone who heard and enjoyed BR5-49's debut album is likely to dig Big Backyard Beat Show's joyous retro-country rhythms, even if it doesn't hit quite the same heights; it's far superior to their next studio album, the misbegotten This Is BR549.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221886222
catalogNumber:
18862

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Performance Credits

BR5-49   Primary Artist
Santiago Jimenez   Accordion
Jerry Dale McFadden   Piano
Catherine Styron   Piano
Gary Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Hawk Shaw Wilson   Percussion,Drums,Vocal Harmony
Chuck Mead   Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Don Herron   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin,Cello,Steel Guitar,Guitar (Electric Tenor)
Smilin' Jay McDowell   Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Giles Reaves   Contributor
Henry Glover   Composer
S. Wade Hunt   Art Direction
Louis Innis   Composer
Mike Janas   Producer,Engineer
Jozef Nuyens   Producer
Matt Andrews   Contributor
Buck Trail   Composer
Dennis Cronin   Contributor

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