Honkytonk University CD (2005)

Artist: Toby Keith

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Honkytonk University marks Toby Keith's first full-length studio album since 2003's acclaimed quadruple platinum Shock'N Y'All. The debut single "Honkytonk U" is semi-autobiographical and harkens back to days spent working in a nightlcub owned by his grandmother.


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 63973363
UPC 602498803554
UPC 14 00602498803554
Format CD
Release Date 5/17/2005
Author Toby Keith
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Technical Info
Engineer Julian King; Julian King
Producer James Stroud; Toby Keith; James Stroud; Toby Keith
CatalogID AAB000430002
Lable Name Dreamworks Nashville
Released 05/16/2005
Original Release 2005
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 41m : 22s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498803554
Musical Guests
Merle Haggard
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Toby Keith (vocals); Merle Haggard (vocals); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); Mickey Raphael (harmonica); Steve Nathan (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards); Clayton Ivey, Tony Harrell, Gordon Mote (piano, keyboards); David Hungate, Glenn Worf (bass instrument); Shannon Forest, Shannon Forrest (drums); John Wesley Tyles, Julian King (background vocals); Mark Casstevens, Scotty Emerick, B. James Lowry, Biff Watson (acoustic guitar); Jerry McPherson, Johnny Hiland, Brent Mason , Brent Rowan (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Eddie Bayers (drums); Wes Hightower (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Julian King.
Recording information: Loud Recording, Nashville, TN; Oceanway Nashville, Nashville, TN; Shrimp Boat Sound, Key West, FL; Starstruck, Nashville, TN; Upstairs Productions, Oklahoma City, OK.
Photographer: Richard McLaren.
After Toby Keith achieved household-name status with two chart-topping albums full of defiant songs and right-wing politics, listeners may have expected more of the same. With 2005's HONKYTONK UNIVERSITY, however, Keith matches his outlaw aspirations to a set of tunes that remind his audience that he is a country singer first and a media icon second.
The opening "Honkytonk U" is an autobiographical tune that sounds like an outtake from Waylon Jennings's HONKY TONK HEROES, complete with phase-shifted guitar and a four-in-the-morning vocal delivery. Many of the other tunes here have a 1970s vibe as well, but with a poppier slant; the smooth melody of "Knock Yourself Out" recalls Ronnie Milsap, while the breezy feel of "Big Blue Note" wouldn't sound out of place on a Jimmy Buffett record. "You Caught Me at a Bad Time" is so sensitive, fans might be hard-pressed to believe this is the same guy who sang "The Taliban Song." Of course, none of these stylistic variations would work if Keith wasn't a top-notch writer with a resonant baritone. Lurking behind the super-stud image is a master craftsman capable of delivering rowdy barroom anthems and laid-back love ballads with equal panache.
Disc 1
1 Honkytonk U
2 As Good As I Once Was
3 She Ain't Hooked on Me No More
4 Big Blue Note
5 Just The Guy To Do It
6 She Left Me
7 Knock Yourself Out
8 You Ain't Leavin' (Thank God Are Ya)
9 I Got It Bad
10 Your Smile
11 Where You Gonna Go
12 You Caught Me At A Bad Time
Product Attributes
Artist Keith,Toby
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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