Cowboy's Back in Town

Cowboy's Back in Town

by Trace Adkins
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Cowboy's Back in Town

Trace Adkins' Cowboy's Back in Town is his debut on Toby Keith's Show Dog imprint. It features 11 cuts, most of them underscoring the rowdy barroom cowboy image that the artist has quite literally lived up to. The set was preceded by two singles, "Ala-Freakin-Bama," which scraped its way inside the Top 50 on Billboard's country chart, and more recently, the rock ballad "This Ain't No Love Song," that climbed into the Top 30. These may not seem like impressive numbers, but given the sheer volume of recordings coming out of Nashville every week, it's nothing to sneeze at. Michael Knox is credited as producer, though Kenny Beard produced both singles and three other cuts of the 11 featured here. The set kicks off with a hard, funky banjo on "Brown Chicken Brown Cow" before it's joined by a pair of metallic guitars riffing, explosive drums, a clavinet (adding to the funk effect), a B-3, and a lap steel. We've heard hard rockers from Adkins before, but this one feels more like the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Nashville. "Hold My Beer" is more in the contemporary country mold, being equal parts John Mellencamp and .38 Special. The title track might have been a perfect advance radio single, and is certainly no less so than the two aforementioned ones. In it, Adkins' rich baritone is accompanied by mandolins, acoustic and electric guitars, a B-3, and an anthemic chorus. "Hell I Can Do That" is pure irony in the classic country tradition. It's a song about losing big, performed as a midtempo party rocker -- complete with a Rolling Stones-style cowbell à la "Honky Tonk Women." "Ala-Freakin-Bama" sounds exactly like its title: it's pure, redneck, hard rock with a prominent banjo for country cred. The only true tear jerker here, "Still Love You" with its synth strings, doesn't work plain and simple. It's added for balance on an otherwise solid outing from Adkins. Cowboy's Back in Town reveals that this singer can do one thing well; but he does it really well -- and that's offer tough, utterly masculine, contemporary country-rock -- check the closer "Whoop a Man's Ass" -- convincingly.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2010
Label: Show Dog Nashville
UPC: 0602527382975
catalogNumber: 001426802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trace Adkins   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Strings
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Strings
Tom Flora   Background Vocals
Tony Harrell   Piano,Clavinet
Jim Hoke   Saxophone
Greg Morrow   Drums
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Joe Spivey   Fiddle,Mandolin
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Kris Wilkinson   Strings
John Willis   Banjo
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Kenny Beard   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano
Mickey Jack Cones   Background Vocals
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Shelly Fairchild   Background Vocals
Sarighani Reist   Strings
Shawn Fichter   Drums
Ashley Gorley   Background Vocals
Rich Redmond   Percussion
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Tim Mensy   Composer
Jeff Balding   Engineer
Peter Coleman   Engineer
Julian King   Engineer
Kris Wilkinson   String Arrangements
John Willis   Engineer
Trace Adkins   Composer
Tony Lane   Composer
Jim Collins   Composer
Kenny Beard   Composer,Producer
Kirk Roth   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Monty Criswell   Composer
Robert Arthur   Composer
Susannah Parrish   Art Direction
Jeff Bates   Composer
Mickey Jack Cones   Composer,Engineer
David Lee   Composer
Jordan Lehning   Engineer
Ed Hill   Composer
Michael Knox   Producer
Tim Johnson   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Jay Speight   Composer
Jim McCormick   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Natalie Moore   Art Direction
Scott Lynch   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
Kendell Marvel   Composer
Marcel Lee   Composer
Lee Miller   Composer

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