Keep on Loving You is contemporary country legend Reba McEntire's debut recording on the semi-independent Valory Music Company label's Starstruck imprint. It's her first new studio outing since her comeback effort, Duets, and her mammoth triple-disc hits package that fulfilled her contract to MCA Nashville, her label home for nearly 20 years. Despite its release on an indie, the production and approach are anything but, with the album being produced by Tony Brown and Mark Bright. The cream of country music's current chart crop wrote its 13 songs; it is certainly a radio-friendly collection that is supposed to showcase McEntire's adaptability and that she's still "got it," and can still score in the contemporary marketplace. There's no doubt that will happen, from the title track, a midtempo ballad that is saturated in compressed guitars and Hammond B-3, big repetitive choruses, and a chorus of fiddles and backing vocals. McEntire's voice hasn't lost even a touch of its range and power; she's a belter who can hang with the best of them. The set opener (and its first single), "Strange," with its acoustic guitars, mandolin, and fiddle intros, is like something from the backyard until about 20 seconds in, when a wall of guitars à la John Rich arrives and her vocal spits out lyrics that tell of a woman who feels strange that she should be wrecked after a love affair, but she's fine. It feels more like Gretchen Wilson than Reba McEntire. "I Want a Cowboy" and "Pink Guitar" sound more like McEntire is being backed by the Charlie Daniels Band circa 1979 than her own touring unit. "She's Turning 50 Today" is a trademark McEntire-delivered ballad about a woman who has been abandoned by her husband and decides to leave the wreckage of her life behind. It's the kind of bittersweet power ballad that the singer is famous for, and is delivered with characteristic aplomb even as the production behind her tries its hardest to get in the way. The bottom line here is that Keep on Loving You may jar some longtime Reba fans on first listen, but despite the record's sound it's all her in this mix, and they will more than likely celebrate this. As far as the new fans this set clearly hopes to gain, it's got the right elements; if country music's finicky youth-obsessed radio and video machine can hear this set for what it is, listeners will connect in droves.
Performance CreditsReba McEntire Primary Artist
Ashley Cleveland Background Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Judson Spence Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Franklin Dobro,Steel Guitar
Kenny Greenberg Electric Guitar
Charles Judge Strings,Keyboards
Wayne Kirkpatrick Background Vocals
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote Piano
Steve Nathan Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Jimmie Lee Sloas Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Brian Sutton Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Glenn Worf Bass
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle,Mandolin
Kim Keyes Background Vocals
Jason Sellers Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Katrina Elam Background Vocals
Tom Bukavac Electric Guitar
Jennifer Wrinkle Background Vocals
Mike Johnson Dobro,Steel Guitar
Technical CreditsReba McEntire Composer,Producer
Derek Bason Engineer
Tony Brown Producer
Steve Diamond Composer
Wayne Kirkpatrick Composer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Darrell Scott Composer
Jimmie Lee Sloas Composer
Mark Bright Producer
Tommy Lee James Composer
Neil Thrasher Composer
Kim Fox Composer
Wendell Mobley Composer
James Slater Composer
Mark Nesler Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Leslie Satcher Composer
Jason Sellers Composer
Shaye Smith Composer
Michael Dulaney Composer
Georgia Middleman Composer
Jamie O'Neal Composer
Todd Tidwell Engineer
Katrina Elam Composer
Liz Hengber Composer
Trey Fanjoy Director
Ed Hill Composer
Whitney Sutton Copy Coordination
Jimmy Melton Composer
Marv Green Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
review from previewing CD. Reba has outdone herself. I Highly recommend this CD to anybody. The music is awesome. I bet it goes Gold on preorders alone.
With newcombers like taylor swift and carrie underwood dominating the charts, it feels good to see Reba claiming her crown as the queen of country music. While I have been a huge fan since I was a kid, this album came as a shock. The music is geared to compete with pop crossovers like twai, swift, and underwood and clearly Reba was influenced by her tour with Kelly Clarkson. That said...it works and works well. I not only liked this new Reba, I loved this new Reba. The songs on here are great, especially "Eight Crazy hours" and "Maggie Creek Road", which could end up right next to "Fancy" and "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia."
I love this CD. This is her first CD that she has out by herself in about 4 years. Reba's Duets was with a bunch of others. I listen to this at least a couple of times a week. I do not think that I can even say I have a favorite song. I must say that I really do like "Strange". I also like the fact that the CD comes with the words to all the songs.
This is a great CD. I've always been fan of Reba and have loved most of her music. I'm not a singer but I love to sing along with my music. Reba's music makes you want to learn the words so that you can sing along with her. She always has such a variety of songs... silly ones like "I want a cowboy"... ones that touch a mother like "Maggie Creek Road" and the love songs like "I keep on loving you". She is truly a great artist.
What an amazing CD. So many times I'll buy a CD with maybe 4 songs that I really like... This CD "Keep on Loving You" on the other hand is in it's own league. 100% great. Now to be able to ever meet Reba... well that would be the most amazing thing in my life.... Great Great Great.
I bought these cd for a friend for christmas & she going love it.
The best reba yet!! A must have!
To anyone who loves Reba and for those who don't. This is a must have to add to your collection. This CD has a great mix of upbeat songs and soft heartfelt songs. You will want to listen to it over and over again. Enjoy.