Hillbilly Bone

Performers Blake Shelton

Reprise | March 2, 2010 | Compact Disc

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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

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 2, 2010

Genre: Contemporary Country

Style: Country

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Reprise

UPC: 093624970163

Found in: Contemporary Country

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Hillbilly Bone

Performers Blake Shelton
Guest Artist(s) Trace Adkins

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: March 2, 2010

Genre: Contemporary Country

Style: Country

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Reprise

UPC: 093624970163


Title Track Time
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 --

Editorial Notes

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
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