Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride

Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride

by Neal McCoy


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Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride

A moment of reflection will reveal that Charley Pride is a natural idol for Neal McCoy. A trailblazing traditionalist of the '60s and '70s, Pride broke the color barrier for popular country music -- there had been African-American country singers long before him; Ray Charles blurred the boundaries between country and soul a few years before him, and Pride had peers like Stoney Edwards, but Charley was the first black country superstar -- due in part to his easy, friendly way with a song. McCoy has a similar amiable way with a tune and, as a singer of Filipino descent, he bucked country tradition even as he adhered to it. Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride puts all this into relief while also being quite a good listen in its own right. As a traditionalist paying respect to a traditionalist, McCoy doesn't play around with the arrangements in the slightest -- he even seems indebted to the sound of Pride's recordings, not the early ones of the '60s but the gleaming overproductions of the late '70s and early '80s -- but these are terrific songs performed well, by both McCoy and his guests Raul Malo (who is on "I'm Just Me"), Darius Rucker ("Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'"), and Trace Adkins ("Roll On Mississippi"). There's almost a funhouse mirror quality here, with McCoy looking back on Pride who was looking back on Hank Williams (the presence of "Kaw-Liga" underscores this), but that's part of the appeal of Pride: each bygone era it salutes is worth celebrating.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Slate Creek Records
UPC: 0662582717426
catalogNumber: 7174
Rank: 144150

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neal McCoy   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
Mark Douthit   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Garth Fundis   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Barry Green   Trombone
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Russ Pahl   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Mike Rojas   Keyboards
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Electric Bass
Becky Priest   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Jeff Taylor   Accordion
Jeneé Fleenor   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Jack Clement   Composer
Garth Fundis   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Dave Kirby   Composer
Dennis Morgan   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Kris Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Hank Williams   Composer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Jim Burnett   Executive Producer
Kye Fleming   Composer
Ben Peters   Composer
Kent Robbins   Composer
Don Devaney   Composer
Harold Kenneth Dorman   Composer
Matt Allen   Engineer
Glenn Martin   Composer
Chad Carlson   Engineer
Gordon Hammond   Engineer
Derek Parnell   Engineer
Mike Stankiewicz   Engineer

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