Hillbilly Bone CD (2010)

Artist: Blake Shelton

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Product Overview


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 214394703
UPC 093624970163
UPC 14 00093624970163
Format CD
Release Date 3/2/2010
Author Blake Shelton
Associated Artist/Work Crow, Sheryl
Associated Artist/Work Dia Frampton
Associated Artist/Work Lambert, Miranda
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Technical Info
Producer Scott Hendricks
CatalogID 522642
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 03/02/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 24m : 25s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624970163
Musical Guests
Trace Adkins
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Bryan Sutton (acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin); Craig Wiseman, Troy Lancaster, Tom Bukovac, Brent Mason (electric guitar); Connie Ellisor, Pam Sixfin (violin); Aubrey Haynie (fiddle); Bersy Lamb (viola); Carole Rabinowitz (cello); Gordon Mote (piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Charlie Judge (string synthesizer); Greg Morrow (drums, percussion); Ron Sorbo (steel drum); Eric Darken (percussion); Jennifer Zuffinetti, Perry Coleman (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Justin Niebank.
Recording information: Arrowhead Studios, Leiper's Fork; Luminous Sound, Dallas, TX; Ocean Way, Nashville, TN; Starstruck Studios, Nashville, TN; Warner Bros. Studio, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Russ Harrington.
Hillbilly Bone feels like a stopgap between albums for Blake Shelton, but it's not. This "Six Pak" is a budget-priced, six-track EP featuring a smash single as the title track. Pal Trace Adkins helps out on both the cut and in the video. The format is Warner Bros' attempt to deal with growing customer dissatisfaction with the traditional full-length format; they will release a second part later in 2010. As for the music, it's a formula contemporary country chartmaker: highly compressed dual lead guitars, layered acoustic guitars, good-time honky tonk lyrics, and big rocking drums. It's a good-natured dig at city folks, and you can't help but like Shelton, no matter how many clich?'s he spews. A radio skit outro is the actual intro to "Kiss My Country Ass," a pure "redneck-and-proud" anthem worthy of Hank Williams, Jr. at his most ornery. Were it not for the title, it would no doubt score as a single as well. Things get a bit slower and softer with four different kinds of "love" songs that follow. The first, "You'll Always Be Beautiful," is about the real thing; it's among the more sensitive ballads on Shelton's records. "Can't Afford to Love You" is a humorous take on trying to find the right person in the wrong place. "Delilah" is a classic contemporary country betrayal number. The set's final cut, "Almost Alright," is a midtempo recovering-from-love narrative with a catchy chorus, an unusual use of steel drums, and a more complex rhythm pattern -- the idea for which was likely borrowed from Jimmy Buffett. Hillbilly Bone is a sure thing for Shelton's fans, and a risky experiment in marketing for his label. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Billboard - "[A] fun listen. On 'Almost Alright,' Shelton channels the carefree island feel of Jimmy Buffett while singing about getting over a lover with the help of a couple of beers."
Disc 1
1 Hillbilly Bone - (featuring Trace Adkins)
2 Kiss My Country Ass
3 You'll Always Be Beautiful
4 Can't Afford To Love You
5 Delilah
6 Almost Alright
Product Attributes
Artist Shelton,Blake
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc
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