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by David Adam Byrnes


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Arkansas native turned Nashville resident David Adam Byrnes has been quoted as saying, "I definitely have a twang that does not lend itself to other genres." The genre he belongs to is country, and his twang serves him consistently well on this 2011 release. Byrnes is an expressive country-rocker with strong honky tonk leanings; his musical heritage includes George Strait, Randy Travis, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, and Merle Haggard, and he doesn't run away from that heritage. In fact, Byrnes (who co-wrote most of the material) celebrates it and wears it like a badge of honor, which is quite refreshing at a time when so much of the music being played on country radio is way too slick and processed for its own good. Byrnes isn't slick or processed; his depictions of life in small-town America come across as honest and sincere rather than forced or contrived, and that country-and-proud outlook yields excellent results on the barnburners "My Kind of Crowd" and "Down Homegrown," as well as poignant tearjerkers such as "She Only Wanted Flowers" and "That's What I Tell Myself." Tearjerkers, of course, have been a part of country ever since the days of the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Riley Puckett; they're an important part of the country experience, and Byrnes has no problem singing them convincingly. Nor does he have a problem pulling off a drinking song. On "The Jukebox, the Bottle and Me," Byrnes embraces the familiar drinking-to-ease-the-pain theme that so many honky tonkers (from Hank Williams, Sr. to Dwight Yoakam to George Jones) have embraced over the years; it's a song that anyone who has savored the dark pleasures of Haggard's "The Bottle Let Me Down," Jones' "Just One More," or Williams' "There's a Tear in My Beer" should have no problem getting into. Rapper Ice-T once commented that the truly compelling hip-hoppers are the ones who obviously have first-hand knowledge of the things they rap about, and one could make similar arguments about country; the country singers who sing convincingly about life in rural or small-town America are the ones who have actually lived it and experienced it. Byrnes leaves no doubt that he has first-hand knowledge of the things he sings about, and he shows considerable promise on Premium Country.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2011
Label: Better Angels
UPC: 0820351300105
catalogNumber: 92810
Rank: 208467

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Adam Byrnes   Primary Artist
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin   Violin
Kevin Grantt   Bass
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Shane Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Michael Spriggs   Acoustic Guitar
Monty Parkey   Keyboards
Kevin Adams   Keyboards
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Keith Horne   Bass
Jim Brown   Keyboards
Mike Durham   Electric Guitar
Kevin Ray   Electric Guitar
Tom Drenon   Percussion,Drums
Robert Hajacos   Violin
Steve Henson   Steel Guitar
Rob Rappaport   Percussion
Aaron Teil   Violin

Technical Credits

Mark Matejka   Composer
Craig White   Engineer
Rick Tiger   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Adam Fears   Composer
Arlis Albritton   Composer
Tom Drenon   Producer
Joel Brentlinger   Composer
Bryan Simpson   Composer
Wade Kirby   Composer
Josh Thompson   Composer
Andi Zack   Composer
Jay Brunswick   Composer
Morry Trent   Composer
Mark Houser   Composer
Michael Howard   Composer
David Adam Byrnes   Composer
Rob Rappaport   Producer
Julz Chavez   Art Direction
Josh Newcom   Composer
Floyd Callen   Composer
Chelle Watson   Composer
Ward Davis   Composer
Travis Mobley   Composer
Robert M. Howett   Composer

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