Rollin' with the Flow

Rollin' with the Flow

by Mark Chesnutt
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Rollin' with the Flow

Most fans know that Mark Chesnutt is a dying breed in country music, among the last in line of a particular tradition. Chesnutt spent a full decade trying to get signed before his manager Joe Ladd scored him a deal with MCA in the early '90s. Chesnutt's Rollin' with the Flow is another steady, consistent, remarkable country record, filled with great songs, amazing musicians, stellar production, and -- of course -- his clear, clean, expressive voice. It also seemed in mid-2008 that music fans were rediscovering his brand of no-frills, clean-sounding country. The dozen tracks on Chesnutt's 12th album on the independent Lofton Creek Records reflect, that after 22 years in the music biz, he remains a solid and completely trustworthy artist who delivers no matter the setting. Producer Jimmy Ritchey assembled an all-star cast, including bassist Glenn Worf and guitarists B. James Lowry and Brent Mason, with drummers Eddie Bayers and Lonnie Wilson, among others, reflecting the singer's deep commitment to modern honky tonk music. These days, this is as straight-up country as you're likely to find. The song selection contains a pair of originals by Chesnutt as well as a few by Ritchey and Bob Regan, including the opener, "Things to Do in Wichita," a midtempo guitar-drenched ballad that feels like a road trip song. Chesnutt sings in his winsome baritone about the many miniscule things he does to kill time while waiting for his estranged girlfriend to call. The title track, written by Jerry Hayes, is another shimmering ballad about living through the changes he's endured during the process of road rambling. These are both sad songs, but they also transfer honest emotion and tell stories that people can insert themselves into and empathize with. There's also great humor here, as in the rollicking "(Come on In) The Whiskey's Fine," which feels like an update of "High Friends in Low Places." (Chesnutt recorded the song before Garth Brooks.) Add to this the midtempo rocking country blues of "If the Devil Brought You Roses." In sum, anybody remotely interested in real country music these days needs to seek out Rollin' with the Flow; it's as solid an album as Chesnutt's ever recorded -- which is saying plenty.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2008
Label: Lofton Creek
UPC: 0684497901226
catalogNumber: 9012

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Chesnutt   Primary Artist
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
John Jarvis   Piano
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Violin,Cello,Viola,String Bass
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Jimmy Ritchey   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano
Gordon More   Piano

Technical Credits

Mark Chesnutt   Composer
Keith Whitley   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Mike Borchetta   Author
Erik Hellerman   Engineer
Mark Nesler   Composer
Billy Lawson   Composer
Noah Kelley   Composer
Roger Springer   Composer
Tony Stampley   Composer
Toni Dae   Composer
Kelly Williams   Executive Producer
Jerry Hayes   Composer
Buddy Owens   Composer
Jimmy Ritchey   Composer,Producer
Dave Turnbull   Composer
Stoker White   Engineer
Phil O'Donnell   Composer

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Rollin' with the Flow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mark Chesnutt has always sticked to traditional country music. With this cd, you will not be disappointed. There is only one cover song on the whole album, everything else is new material. You will especially love the last song, which was the last song written by Keith Whitely before his death in 1989. If you love real country music, then buy this album. You will love it!