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Chris Young

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Here it is: the debut album by the winner of 2005's Nashville Star competition. His prize was a contract with RCA Nashville. Given the music biz hype surrounding the show, it's no secret that his first single "Drinkin' Me Lonely," was a hit and garnered lots of interest at radio. But there's another reason for that, too: it's a great tune -- and it was self-penned. But that's really just the beginning. Chris Young has one of those classic country voices that is memorable after one hears it the first time, like Keith Whitley, George Strait, Clint Black, and Ronnie Milsap. The record opens with "Beer or Gasoline," a loud country rocker, and slips effortlessly into "You're Gonna Love Me," a straightforward up-tempo country love song. By the time "Drinkin' Me Lonely'" comes up on the player, the album is in full swing. It's a song Merle Haggard would have been proud to write. Other notable cuts here include the rollicking wildness of "Lay It on Me," and the slippery love song "Center of My World." There are plenty of bad boy rockers to accompany the ballads, which makes for an auspicious debut. The only complaint is Buddy Cannon's production. It's so huge and compressed it makes the album sound generic even if the songs aren't -- fiddles sound more like synths, the guitars all sound like they were recorded the late '70s, and the drums all have so much reverb on them, they sound more like programmed beats than an actual drumkit. The production will date this record instead of making it sound timeless like the great country albums that Young seems to adore given his classic writing style. Still, it's a first record, and Young is the real thing. It's no fluke he won the competition, and from the sound of this set, he's in it for the long haul.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Beer Or Gasoline
00:03:28

B. James Lowry, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Performer - David Lee Murphy, Composer - David Lee Murphy, Lyricist - David Talbot, Banjo - Gary Prim, Piano - Ira Dean, Composer - Ira Dean, Lyricist - Kim Tribble, Composer - Kim Tribble, Lyricist - Larry Paxton, Bass - Pat Buchanan, Electric Guitar - Paul Leim, Drums - Randy McCormick, Keyboards - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Scotty Sanders, Dobro - Steve Gibson, Electric Guitar - Wes Hightower, Background Vocal - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal

(P) 2006 BMG Music

2
You're Gonna Love Me
00:02:56

Ashley Gorley, Composer - Ashley Gorley, Lyricist - B. James Lowry, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Bryan Simpson, Composer - Bryan Simpson, Lyricist - Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Performer - Gary Prim, Piano - Larry Paxton, Bass - Pat Buchanan, Electric Guitar - Paul Leim, Drums - Randy McCormick, Keyboards - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Scotty Sanders, Steel Guitar - Steve Gibson, Electric Guitar - Wes Hightower, Background Vocal - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal

(P) 2006 BMG Music

3
Drinkin' Me Lonely
00:03:18

B. James Lowry, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Composer - Chris Young, Lyricist - Chris Young, Performer - Gary Prim, Piano - Larry Paxton, Bass - Larry Wayne Clark, Composer - Larry Wayne Clark, Lyricist - Pat Buchanan, Electric Guitar - Paul Leim, Drums - Randy McCormick, Keyboards - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Scotty Sanders, Steel Guitar - Steve Gibson, Electric Guitar - Wes Hightower, Background Vocal - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal

(P) 2006 BMG Music

4
White Lightning Hit The Family Tree
00:03:51

Brice Long, Composer - Brice Long, Lyricist - Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Performer - David Hungate, Bass - Eric Darken, Percussion - Gary Prim, Piano - John Wesley Ryles, Background Vocal - John Willis, Electric Guitar - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Lonnie Wilson, Drums - Randy McCormick, Keyboards - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Ronnie Rogers, Composer - Ronnie Rogers, Lyricist - Scotty Sanders, Steel Guitar - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal

(P) 2006 BMG Music

5
Lay It On Me
00:03:30

Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Composer - Chris Young, Lyricist - Chris Young, Performer - David Hungate, Bass - Gary Prim, Keyboards - John Wesley Ryles, Background Vocal - John Willis, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Lonnie Wilson, Drums - Randy McCormick, Piano - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Scotty Sanders, Steel Guitar - Terry McMillan, Harmonica - Tim James, Composer - Tim James, Lyricist - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal

(P) 2006 BMG Music

6
Burn
00:03:03

Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Performer - Curtis Wright, Background Vocal - Danny Wells, Composer - Danny Wells, Lyricist - Eric Darken, Percussion - Gary Prim, Piano - John Wesley Ryles, Background Vocal - John Willis, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Larry Paxton, Bass - Lee Thomas Miller, Composer - Lee Thomas Miller, Lyricist - Lonnie Wilson, Drums - Randy McCormick, Keyboards - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Scotty Sanders, Steel Guitar - Steve Gibson, Electric Guitar

(P) 2006 BMG Music

7
Small Town Big Time
00:02:54

Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Composer - Chris Young, Lyricist - Chris Young, Performer - Curtis Wright, Background Vocal - David Talbot, Banjo - Gary Prim, Piano - John Wesley Ryles, Background Vocal - John Willis, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Larry Paxton, Bass - Lonnie Wilson, Drums - Randy McCormick, Keyboards - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Scotty Sanders, Steel Guitar - Steve Gibson, Electric Guitar - Tim James, Composer - Tim James, Lyricist

(P) 2006 BMG Music

8
Flowers
00:03:00

Billy Yates, Composer - Billy Yates, Lyricist - Buddy Cannon, Background Vocal - Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Performer - David Hungate, Bass - Eric Darken, Percussion - Gary Prim, Piano - Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Piano - John Wesley Ryles, Background Vocal - John Willis, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Liana Manis, Background Vocal - Lonnie Wilson, Drums - Monty Criswell, Composer - Monty Criswell, Lyricist - Randy McCormick, Keyboards - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Scotty Sanders, Steel Guitar - Terry McMillan, Harmonica - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal

(P) 2006 BMG Music

9
Center Of My World
00:03:33

Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Composer - Chris Young, Lyricist - Chris Young, Performer - David Lee Murphy, Composer - David Lee Murphy, Lyricist - Eric Darken, Percussion - Gary Prim, Keyboards - John Wesley Ryles, Background Vocal - John Willis, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Larry Paxton, Bass - Lonnie Wilson, Drums - Phillip Moore, Electric Guitar - Randy McCormick, Piano - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Scotty Sanders, Steel Guitar - Steve Gibson, Electric Guitar - Thomas Flora, Background Vocal

(P) 2006 BMG Music

10
I'm Headed Your Way, Jose
00:03:28

Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Performer - Dallas Davidson, Composer - Dallas Davidson, Lyricist - David Hungate, Bass - Eric Darken, Percussion - Gary Prim, Keyboards - George Tidwell, Trumpet - James T. Slater, Composer - James T. Slater, Lyricist - Jim Williamson, Trumpet - John Wesley Ryles, Background Vocal - John Willis, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Lonnie Wilson, Drums - Randy McCormick, Piano - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Scotty Sanders, Steel Guitar - Wyatt Beard, Background Vocal

(P) 2006 BMG Music

11
Who's Gonna Take Me Home
00:03:02

Buddy Cannon, Producer - Chris Young, Performer - Curtis Wright, Background Vocal - Eric Darken, Percussion - Gary Prim, Piano - Jim Collins, Composer - Jim Collins, Lyricist - John Wesley Ryles, Background Vocal - John Willis, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Kenny Greenberg, Electric Guitar - Larry Paxton, Bass - Lonnie Wilson, Drums - Randy McCormick, Keyboards - Rob Hajacos, Fiddle - Scotty Sanders, Steel Guitar - Steve Gibson, Electric Guitar - Tony Martin, Composer - Tony Martin, Lyricist - Wendell Mobley, Composer - Wendell Mobley, Lyricist

(P) 2006 BMG Music

Album Description

Here it is: the debut album by the winner of 2005's Nashville Star competition. His prize was a contract with RCA Nashville. Given the music biz hype surrounding the show, it's no secret that his first single "Drinkin' Me Lonely," was a hit and garnered lots of interest at radio. But there's another reason for that, too: it's a great tune -- and it was self-penned. But that's really just the beginning. Chris Young has one of those classic country voices that is memorable after one hears it the first time, like Keith Whitley, George Strait, Clint Black, and Ronnie Milsap. The record opens with "Beer or Gasoline," a loud country rocker, and slips effortlessly into "You're Gonna Love Me," a straightforward up-tempo country love song. By the time "Drinkin' Me Lonely'" comes up on the player, the album is in full swing. It's a song Merle Haggard would have been proud to write. Other notable cuts here include the rollicking wildness of "Lay It on Me," and the slippery love song "Center of My World." There are plenty of bad boy rockers to accompany the ballads, which makes for an auspicious debut. The only complaint is Buddy Cannon's production. It's so huge and compressed it makes the album sound generic even if the songs aren't -- fiddles sound more like synths, the guitars all sound like they were recorded the late '70s, and the drums all have so much reverb on them, they sound more like programmed beats than an actual drumkit. The production will date this record instead of making it sound timeless like the great country albums that Young seems to adore given his classic writing style. Still, it's a first record, and Young is the real thing. It's no fluke he won the competition, and from the sound of this set, he's in it for the long haul.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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