Bullets in the Gun

Bullets in the Gun

by Toby Keith
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Bullets in the Gun

Aggressive though the title may be, Bullets in the Gun winds up being the Toby Keith album with the lightest touch since 2006's White Trash with Money. A light touch doesn't mean Keith has lost his swagger: Bullets still pulses with testosterone -- flirting with misogyny in the dirty jokes of "Get Out of My Car," Keith redeeming himself with his bawdy humor -- but it also swings, easing into the bluesy gait of "Think About You All of the Time" and rocking & rolling through "Drive it On Home," catching its breath on "Somewhere Else" while admiring the colorful characters dotting the "Trailerhood." Excepting the too-cool commercial sheen of "Kissin' in the Rain," there are no unexpected left turns on the album, but Keith is so firmly within his wheelhouse that he's comfortable enough to take his time and have some fun, never laboring too hard -- as he sometimes did on the perfectly fine but mildly perfunctory American Ride -- but not getting lazy, either. It's a lean, tight record that takes its time but doesn't dawdle, it has the easy confidence of a pro who knows that he's working at the top of his game. [Bullets in the Gun is expanded by four live covers in its Deluxe Edition: a rip-roaring version of Johnny Paycheck's "11 Months & 29 Days," a long ramble through Waylon Jennings' "Waymore's Blues" -- credited as "I've Been a Long Time Leaving (But I'll Be a Long Time Gone)" on the album cover, for some reason -- a rollicking take on Roger Miller's "Chug a Lug," and a slow-rolling version of Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown."]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
Label: Show Dog Nashville
UPC: 0602527430560
catalogNumber: 001449202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toby Keith   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Phil Madeira   Organ,Accordion,Wurlitzer
Eric Darken   Percussion,Vibes
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
John Hobbs   Organ,Piano
Chris McHugh   Drums
Steve Nathan   Piano
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Randy Scruggs   Banjo
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Jed Hackett   Overdubs
Pat Bergeson   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Jew's Harp,Harmonia
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,Strings

Technical Credits

Toby Keith   Composer,Producer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Mills Logan   Engineer,overdub engineer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Bobby Pinson   Composer

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Bullets in the Gun 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
gwenmc More than 1 year ago
Best CD yet! The last song is for adults only but you have to listen to the whole song for the Toby humor.
Fagans More than 1 year ago
Seems to me that Toby Keith might have accidently been holding a copy of the lyrics from Robert Earl Keen's "Road Goes On Forever" in one hand and a Mont Blanc pen in the other when he wrote "Bullets In The Gun." However, I am sure that any "similarities" are simply coincidental. <wink> Next time just do the right thing and cover the song Toby. Everybody knows that you can't write like Robert anyway.