by BR5-49 BR5-49


by BR5-49 BR5-49


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If you're hungry for old-time country music that's equally at home at a roadhouse or at the Opry, look no further than BR5-49's first full-length album. This quintet of esrtwhile rockers became legendary in Nashville for their marathon sets at Robert's Western Wear (across the street from the infamous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on lower Broadway) that demonstrated their encyclopedic knowledge of country music. But BR5-49 is no retro-styled cabaret act; they approach country classics with a healthy respect and a keen sense of humor. Their hit version of Moon Mullican's "Cherokee Boogie" is an infectious rockabilly workout, and they maintain the original spirit of Ray Price's "Crazy Arms," Gram Parsons's "Hickory Wind," and Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce's "I Ain't Never." The group has originals that more than hold their own, especially the jumping "Little Ramona (Gone Hillbilly Nuts)," which describes a punk rocker's conversion to country music ("She only shows her tattoos one at a time"). Likewise, singer Chuck Mead's Tex-Mex-flavored "Chains of This Town" and Gary Bennett's "Are You Gettin' Tired of Me" are potential instant classics. Traditionalism feels good in these fellows' hands, because they infuse it with some rockabilly sock and bring along a passel of powerhouse songs that they play and sing with the authority of old masters.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/1996
Label: Arista
UPC: 0078221881821
catalogNumber: 18818
Rank: 77537


  1. Even If It's Wrong
  2. Cherokee Boogie
  3. Honky Tonk Song
  4. Lifetime to Prove
  5. Little Ramona
  6. Crazy Arms
  7. I Ain't Never
  8. Chains of This Town
  9. Are You Gettin' Tired of Me
  10. Hickory Wind
  11. One Long Saturday Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

BR5-49   Primary Artist
Gary Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Hawk Shaw Wilson   Drums,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Chuck Mead   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Don Herron   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin,Steel Guitar,Group Member
Mike Janas   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,6-string bass
Smilin' Jay McDowell   Upright Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Mel Tillis   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Bob Buchanan   Composer
Ralph Mooney   Composer
Webb Pierce   Composer
Gary Bennett   Composer
Chuck Mead   Composer
Mike Janas   Producer,Engineer
Jozef Nuyens   Producer
Chuck Seals   Composer
Buck Peddy   Composer

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