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Southern Rain [Billy Ray Cyrus]
Billy Ray Cyrus
1. You Won't Be Lonely Now
2. Southern Rain
3. All I'm Thinking About Is You
4. We The People - (featuring Danni Leigh/Montgomery Gentry/Waylon Jennings/Yankee Grey)
5. I Will
6. Love You Back
7. Burn Down The Trailer Park
8. Everywhere I Wanna Be
9. Crazy 'Bout You Baby
10. Without You
11. Hey Elvis
12. [CD-ROM Track]
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 62105
Personnel: Billy Ray Cyrus (vocals); Pat Buchanan, Gordon Kennedy, Dann Huff, Terry Shelton (acoustic & electric guitars); Don Van Tress (acoustic guitar); Michael Joe Sagraves (electric guitar, harmonica); Keith Hinton, Matt Basford (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Joe Caverlee (fiddle); Barton Stevens, Tim Akers, Steve Nathan (keyboards); Steve French (drums).
Producers: Billy Ray Cyrus, Terry Shelton, Dann Huff, Blake Chancey.
Engineers: Mike Janas, Jeff Balding, Tony Castle.
Recorded at Castle, Franklin, Tennessee, Sound Kitchen, Emerald Entertainment Sound & Stage Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
Personnel: Pat Buchanan (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Dann Huff, Gordon Kennedy (electric guitar); Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Tim Akers, Steve Nathan (keyboards); Mike Brignardello (bass guitar); Chris McHugh (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Gene Miller, Lisa Cochran, Vicki Hampton, Joe Chemay (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Jeff Balding.
Billy Ray Cyrus' 1999 hit "Busy Man" just about made people forgive him for "Achy Breaky Heart." SOUTHERN RAIN is yet another step in his continuing quest for respectability. Having excised most of the over-the-top snarl from his voice, Cyrus is singing better than ever; his emotion-packed vocals on the beautiful, midtempo love song "You Won't Be Lonely Now" are particularly outstanding.
Cyrus also shines on most of the CD's ballads. He's steamy and passionate on "I Will," anguished and desperate on "Love You Back," and hopelessly devoted on "Everywhere I Wanna Be." Another standout is the funky "We the People," a blue collar anthem reminiscent of Alabama's "40 Hour Week" that features guest vocals from Waylon Jennings, Montgomery Gentry, John Anderson, Yankee Grey and Danni Leigh. (Ironically, George W. Bush chose "We the People" as the official theme song for his presidential campaign, even though Cyrus is a Democrat). For comic relief, Cyrus throws in the humorous, rowdy "Burn Down the Trailer Park," and the goofy rocker, "Hey Elvis," a bonus track co-written by Bryan Adams. The sound of SOUTHERN RAIN just might be enough to drown out the strains of "Achy Breaky Heart" permanently.
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