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This Is Br5-49

Album: This Is Br5-49
# Song Title   Time
1)    Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal
2)    Price of Love, The
3)    Game, The
4)    Psychic Lady
5)    Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)
6)    Little Good News, A
7)    While You Were Gone
8)    Look Me Up
9)    Let's See How Far You Get
10)    Fool of the Century
11)    Different Drum
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • BR5-49: Chuck Mead (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Gary Bennett (vocals, acoustic guitar); Don Herron (acoustic guitar, steel guitar, dobro, mandolin, fiddle); "Smilin'" Jay McDowell (upright bass); "Hawk" Shaw Wilson (drums, background vocals).
  • Producers include: Paul Worley, Mike Poole.
  • Recorded at The Money Pit and Clean-X Boxhead, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Personnel: Gary Bennett (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Chuck Mead (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Hawk Shaw Wilson (vocals, drums, percussion); Don Herron (guitar, acoustic guitar, steel guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, cello); Mike Poole, Paul Worley (acoustic guitar); Shawn Wilson (drums).
  • Audio Mixer: Mike Poole.
  • Recording information: Clean-X Boxhead, Nashville, TN (03/01/2001); Money Pit (03/01/2001).
  • Photographer: Jim Shea.
  • For a group that made its initial reputation as a hot live act, honky-tonk traditionalists BR5-49 have proven to be quite successful at transferring their rootsy sound to the recording studio, and THIS IS is no exception. While the band retains largely retains its trademark roadhouse-rockin' sound here, there's some subtle expansion going on as well. The sly opener "Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal" and the broken-hearted "Fool of the Century" bear a rockabilly tinge, while the ruminative ballad "The Game" resembles nothing so much as a classic Danny O'Keefe song.The boys get lyrically adventurous as well, touching on socio-political issues ("A Little Good News") and small-town character study ("Different Drum") with aplomb. For the most part, though, BR5-49 delivers the kind of good-time, roof-raising country music that gets cowboy boots kicking eagerly across the dance floor (and keeps plenty of non-cowboys engrossed as well).
Professional Reviews
CMJ (8/13/01, p.10) - "...This is life music played with a soulful twang."

No Depression (7-8/01, pp.117-8) - "...Swell....whipping up the mid-20th-century sounds of once-state-of-the-art masters...with the bigger beats country incorporated in the decades after rockabilly....They're a retro band, and a great one..."

Mojo (Publisher) (9/01, p.97) - "...Their best - effortless and with a swaying, swaggering, Gourds-like feel..."
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