Road Less Traveled CD (2001)

Artist: George Strait

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Label Uni/mca Nashville
SKU 60510125
UPC 008817022024
UPC 14 00008817022024
Format CD
Release Date 11/6/2001
Author George Strait
Associated Artist/Work Hit Crew
Associated Artist/Work Hit Crew (The)
Associated Artist/Work Jackson, Alan
Associated Artist/Work Marshall, Brett (Piano)
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Technical Info
Engineer Chuck Ainlay
Producer Tony Brown; George Strait
CatalogID 1702202
Lable Name MCA Nashville
Released 11/05/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 33m : 47s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00008817022024
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: George Strait (vocals, acoustic guitar); Randy Scruggs (acoustic guitar); Steve Gibson, Chris Leuzinger, Brent Mason (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Stuart Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Steve Conn (accordion); Steve Nathan (keyboards); Michael Rhodes (bass); Eddie Bayers (drums); Wes Hightower, Llana Manis (background vocals).
Recorded at Ocean Way, Nashville, Tennessee.
George Strait emerged in the '80s as one of country music's "new traditionalists," determined to save the genre from pop excess. Over the years, he's remained true to this credo, maintaining a consistently straightforward, honest style. On THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED he continues to make pure, uncomplicated music full of earnest emotions and powerful writing. Strait's choice of material alone is a testament to the authenticity of his aesthetic. He digs deep for an '80s Merle Haggard composition ("My Life's Been Good"), taps fellow new traditionalist Rodney Crowell for the roadhouse-rocking, New Orleans-themed "Stars on the Water," and offers a convincing take on "The Real Thing," a honky-tonker by "Wild Thing" author Chip Taylor that sings the praises of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Even when Strait throws in a modern production touch such as the subtle vocoder effect (a la Cher's "Believe") on the aforementioned Crowell tune, it's done with such finesse that it doesn't damage his credibility a bit.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (11/16/01, p.173) - "...Elegant, elegiac, and very, very smooth going down..." - Rating: A-
Disc 1
1 She'll Leave You With A Smile
2 Run
3 Stars On The Water
4 Living And Living Well
5 Real Thing, The
6 Don't Tell Me You're Not In Love
7 Road Less Traveled, The
8 Middle Of Nowhere, The
9 Good Time Charleys
10 My Life's Been Grand

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