Chris Young

Chris Young

by Chris Young
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Chris Young

Here it is: the debut album by the winner of 2005's Nashville Star competition. His prize was a contract with RCA Nashville. Given the music biz hype surrounding the show, it's no secret that his first single "Drinkin' Me Lonely," was a hit and garnered lots of interest at radio. But there's another reason for that, too: it's a great tune -- and it was self-penned. But that's really just the beginning. Chris Young has one of those classic country voices that is memorable after one hears it the first time, like Keith Whitley, George Strait, Clint Black, and Ronnie Milsap. The record opens with "Beer or Gasoline," a loud country rocker, and slips effortlessly into "You're Gonna Love Me," a straightforward up-tempo country love song. By the time "Drinkin' Me Lonely'" comes up on the player, the album is in full swing. It's a song Merle Haggard would have been proud to write. Other notable cuts here include the rollicking wildness of "Lay It on Me," and the slippery love song "Center of My World." There are plenty of bad boy rockers to accompany the ballads, which makes for an auspicious debut. The only complaint is Buddy Cannon's production. It's so huge and compressed it makes the album sound generic even if the songs aren't -- fiddles sound more like synths, the guitars all sound like they were recorded the late '70s, and the drums all have so much reverb on them, they sound more like programmed beats than an actual drumkit. The production will date this record instead of making it sound timeless like the great country albums that Young seems to adore given his classic writing style. Still, it's a first record, and Young is the real thing. It's no fluke he won the competition, and from the sound of this set, he's in it for the long haul.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828768772423
catalogNumber: 87724

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Young   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Curtis Wright   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Buddy Cannon   Background Vocals
Thomas Flora   Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
David Hungate   Bass
Paul Leim   Drums
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Randy McCormick   Piano,Keyboards
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Larry Paxton   Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders   Dobro,Steel Guitar
David Talbot   Banjo
Wyatt Beard   Background Vocals
Phillip Moore   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Buddy Cannon   Producer,Audio Production
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Kim Tribble   Composer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Ira Dean   Composer
Brice Long   Composer
Katherine Stratton   Art Direction
Lee Thomas Miller   Composer
Chris Young   Composer
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer
Larry Wayne Clark   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer

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Chris Young 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris is a very talented newcomer to country music. He has a unigue sound and loads of charisma.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I especially liked the first 3 songs; great lyrics & beat. Can't wait for his next release, this one was awesome!