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The Songs of Hank Williams, Jr.: A Bocephus Celebration
1. Young Country - Darryl Worley/Trick Pony/Blake Shelton/Darry Worley
2. Women I've Never Had - Montgomery Gentry
3. All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight - Trick Pony
4. Outlaw Women - Tracy Lawrence
5. Born to Boogie - Lynyrd Skynyrd
6. Country Boy Can Survive, A - George Jones/John Anderson/Hank Williams, Jr./Chad Brock
7. Heaven Can't Be Found - Dusty Drake
8. Family Tradition - Aaron Tippin
9. Blues Man, The - Alan Jackson
10. Major Moves - John Michael Montgomery
11. Eleven Roses - Trace Adkins
12. Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound - Dan Baird
13. Old Habits - Andy Griggs
14. All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down - The Marshall Tucker Band
15. If It Will It Will - .38 Special
16. Outlaw's Reward - Hank Williams, Jr.
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 48233
Clarke Schleicher; Jeff Watkins; Danny Chauncey; Derek Bason; Daniel Majorie; Jim Dineen; John Kelton; Mike Bradley; Paul Hornsby; Tim Hatfield; Ben Fowler; Billy Sherrill; Bob Smith
Producers include: Don Barnes, Chuck Howard, Scott Hendricks, Andy Griggs.
Compilation producer: Denny Purcell.
Personnel: Stevie Wonder (harmonica); Dan Baird, Dusty Drake, Aaron Tippin, John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery Gentry, Andy Griggs, Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence, Trick Pony, Blake Shelton, Chad Brock (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Clarke Schleicher; Bill Decker; Danny Chauncey; Derek Bason; Ed Seay; Eric Ambel; John Guess; John Kelton; Kyle Lehning; Mike Bradley; Tim Hatfield; Ben Fowler; Bob Smith.
Recording information: Cartee Day Studios, Nashville, TN; Cowboy Technical Services Recording Rig, Williamsburg,; Emerald Sound Studios, Nashville, TN; Javelina Recording Studio, Nashville, TN; Muscadine Studios, Macon, GA; Olivia's Castle, Atlanta, GA; River Road Studio, Nashville, TN; Sony; SoundShop, Nashville, TN; The Money Pit, Nashville, TN; Tree Studio, Nashville, TN; Westwood Sound Studio, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: Glen Rose; Russ Harrington; Stephen Stickler; Michael Wilson ; Tony Baker; Jim Shea; Shane Johnson; Marina Chavez; Seor McGuire; Mark Tucker .
In the ongoing effort to make sure everyone who has recorded more than a couple of albums is feted with a tribute disc, the folks at Warner Bros. and Curb have assembled a star-studded tribute to Bocephus himself, Hank Williams, Jr.. Drawing its participants from both the traditionalist wing of country and the long-in-the-tooth southern rockers, the disc straddles the line between rock and country much as junior always has. On the country side, there is a nice mix of big names like Montgomery Gentry, Tracy Lawrence, and Alan Jackson, who turns in one of the disc's highlights with an aching version of the ballad "The Blues Man," and smaller stars who shine brightly: Andy Griggs weeps his way convincingly through "Old Habits"; Trick Pony, featuring the lone female to be found here, turns in a rollicking version of "All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin' Over Tonight"; and Chad Brock pulls off a coup by roping in John Anderson, George Jones, and Williams Jr. to help him sing "A Country Boy Can Survive." The rockers are represented by the current incarnations of bands that ruled the 1970s airwaves. These songs are generally less successful than the ones the country artists perform. The Marshall Tucker Band sound old and broke on "All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down," .38 Special tunelessly stomps its way over and through "If It Will It Will," and Lynyrd Skynrd sounds pretty lame attempting a metal boogie version of "Born to Boogie" (they probably need to stop hanging out with Kid Rock). The only rock artist who sounds half decent is Dan Baird from the Georgia Satellites. He turns in a nasty version of "Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound" that actually sounds better than the original. Speaking of the original, Williams Jr. claims the last track of the disc for himself, performing a heartfelt version of "Outlaw's Reward" featuring many of the artists who appear on his tribute and also Stevie Wonder (!) on harmonica. ~ Tim Sendra
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