American Ride CD (2009)

Artist: Toby Keith

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Product Overview


Label Show Dog Nashville
SKU 212077325
UPC 812080010653
UPC 14 00812080010653
Format CD
Release Date 10/6/2009
Author Toby Keith
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Technical Info
Engineer Graham Hope; Mills Logan
Producer Toby Keith
CatalogID 10653
Lable Name Show Dog Nashville
Released 10/06/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 13s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
Musical Guests
Dave Koz
Marcus Miller
Arthur Thompson
The Hogliners
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ilya Toshinsky (acoustic guitar, banjo); Steven Sheehan (acoustic guitar); Jerry McPherson, Kenny Greenberg, Brent Mason (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (dobro); Randy Scruggs (banjo); Aubrey Haynie (mandolin, fiddle); John Catchings, Kristin Wilkinson, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, David Angell (strings); Dave Koz (saxophone); Steve Nathan (piano, keyboards); Charles Judge (synthesizer, programming); Chris McHugh (drums); Jim Hoke (Jew's harp); Eric Darken, Arthur Thompson (percussion); Angela Primm, Perry Coleman, Gayle Mayes (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Mills Logan.
With most contemporary country artists, you could guarantee that a song called "American Ride" would be a slice of jingoism, but Toby Keith isn't like most country singers. His "American Ride" casts a cynical eye at desperate housewives and wannabe pop stars, not celebrating down-home values but wondering where we're all headed on this American Ride at the end of the 2000s, a sentiment not all that far removed from some of Keith's previous social commentary, which makes it a mild surprise that it is the only song here that doesn't come from his own pen. As superb and striking as it is, it's not necessarily a good keystone for the rest of the record, which does have a few tougher numbers that pick up on the lean, mean vibe of 2008's THAT DON'T MAKE ME A BAD GUY -- "Every Dog Has Its Day," the sly "If I Had One," and the heavy blues stomp "Loaded" -- but spends more time on the softer side, even when he kicks up a bit of dust on the dancefloor on "You Can't Read My Mind" or does a funny, respectful salute to military life on "Ballad of Balad." In other words, the real touchstone for the rest of the record is "Tender as I Wanna Be," where he lets his guard down and lets the romance flow. This doesn't turn AMERICAN RIDE into a schizophrenic jumble, as Keith has always balanced these two extremes, but after spending a little bit more time swaggering than wooing, he's back to crooning and it's amiable and appealing.
Disc 1
1 American Ride
2 Gypsy Driftin'
3 Are You Feelin' Me
4 Every Dog Has Its Day
5 Woke Up on My Own
6 If You're Tryin' You Ain't
7 Cryin' For Me (Wayman's Song) - (featuring Dave Koz/Marcus Miller/Arthur Thompson)
8 If I Had One
9 You Can't Read My Mind
10 Tender as I Wanna Be
11 Loaded
12 Ballad of Balad - (featuring The Hogliners)
Product Attributes
Artist Keith,Toby
Music Format Compact Disc
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