She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool: Tribute to Barbara Mandrell

She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool: Tribute to Barbara Mandrell

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She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool: Tribute to Barbara Mandrell

Barbara Mandrell is an excellent candidate for a tribute album: at her peak, she was a huge star, but these days, about 25 years after her heyday and about ten after she stopped recording regularly, she tends to be a little bit forgotten, so it's time to have the spotlight swing back her way via a superstar-studded album like She Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool. As if to prove the boast of the title, this tribute is filled with musicians with a stronger country pedigree than Mandrell ever had -- newcomers like Terri Clark, Brad Paisley, Blaine Larsen, Gretchen Wilson, and Dierks Bentley, who all have a harder country background than Barbara. Combine this with a couple of legendary superstars in Reba McEntire and Willie Nelson, and She Was Country has a stronger country kick than a tribute to this country-pop star should have, which also helps reveal how strong her songs were. Of course, there's a fair amount of pop here, too, coming from the likes of Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, Alabama's Randy Owen, and Kenny Chensey, while CeCe Winans manages to infuse "He Set My Life to Music" with a dose of authentic contemporary gospel. So, this is a more diverse set than it might initially seem, and it's also quite entertaining, since everybody involved gives a loose, enthusiastic performances that pays tribute without being overly respectful, and the result is a whole lot of fun. Unlike a lot of tribute albums, it never feels calculated or assembled with the charts in mind -- the music is at the forefront, and everybody turns in a good performance, winding up with an effective tribute to Barbara Mandrell that's also a strong album in its own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2006
Label: Bna Entertainment
UPC: 0886970018227
catalogNumber: 700182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shelby Lynne   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Gary Prim   Piano
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
Tom Canning   Hammond Organ
George Cocchini   Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Strings
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Tony Harrell   Piano,Keyboards
Brian Harrison   Bass
Steve Hinson   Steel Guitar
Dann Huff   Guitar
Marabeth Jordan   Background Vocals
Charles Judge   Synthesizer Strings
Gordon Kennedy   Guitar
B. James Lowry   Guitar
Liana Manis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Val McCallum   Acoustic Guitar,Slide Guitar
Randy McCormick   Keyboards
Greg Morrow   Drums
Gary Morse   Steel Guitar
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards
Larry Paxton   Bass,Gut String Guitar
Gary Pigg   Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Upright Bass
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Robby Turner   Pedal Steel Guitar
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Bergen White   Background Vocals
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Lonnie Wilson   Percussion,Drums
Reese Wynans   Organ
James Chapman   Vocals
Jimmy Nichols   Piano
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Jay DeMarcus   Bass
Bryan Owings   Drums
Craig Young   Guitar
Jerard Woods   Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
LeAnne Palmore   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chuck Fields   Drums
Brad Paisley   Electric Guitar
Scotty Sanders   Steel Guitar
Tim Sergent   Steel Guitar
Rob Harrington   Bass
Mark Hill   Bass
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Ken Lewis   Drums
Ben Sesar   Drums
Mickey Jack Cones   Background Vocals
Jeneé Keener   Fiddle
Wyatt Beard   Background Vocals
Catherine Britt   Vocals
Christine Richardson   Background Vocals
Rod Janzen   Electric Guitar
Jeffrey Babko   Piano
Paul Chapman   Bass
Greg Kaczor   Guitar
Timothy J. Lauer   Keyboards
Steve Misamore   Drums
Calvin Nowell   Background Vocals
Kevin Post   Steel Guitar
Mike Johnson   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Shelby Lynne   Producer
Homer Banks   Composer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Brett Beavers   Producer
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
Butch Carr   Engineer
Terri Clark   Producer
Steve Dean   Composer
Eric Elwell   Studio Manager
Larry Goetz   Engineer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Carl Hampton   Composer
Brian Harrison   Engineer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Dann Huff   Producer
Charles Judge   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Dennis Morgan   Composer
Roger Murrah   Composer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Larry Paxton   String Arrangements
Ed Penney   Composer
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Mark Wright   Producer
Mark Bright   Producer
Taylor Harris   Engineer
Kye Fleming   Composer
Glenn Spinner   Engineer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Bart Busch   Engineer
Bart Pursley   Engineer
Wade Hunt   Art Direction
Tony Castle   Engineer
Bill McDermott   Engineer
Richard Barrow   Engineer
Brian Mansfield   Liner Notes
Fred Paragano   Engineer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Kent Hooper   Engineer
Frank Rogers   Producer
Jason Wormer   Engineer
Wally Wilson   Producer
Joe Allen   Composer
Chris Harris   Producer
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer
Tim Johnson   Producer
Rob Parsons   Composer

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