George Jones High-Tech Redneck
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- Released: September 8, 1997
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: MCA Special Products
Entertainment Weekly - 11/26/93, p.67"...Just why George Jones is revered as [country's] greatest singer is apparent on [HIGH-TECH REDNECK] ...he makes [the lyrics] as meaningful as anything out of Edith Wharton..." - Rating: B+
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Personnel includes: George Jones, Sammy Kershaw (vocals); Carl Gorodetsky (conductor); Danny Parks (acoustic guitar); Reggie Young, Brent Mason (electric guitar); Sonny Garrish, John Hughey (steel guitar); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); Nashville String Machine (strings); Kirk "Jellyroll" Johnson (harmonica); David Briggs, Barry Beckett (piano); Mike Lawler (keyboards); Mike Chapman, Larry Paxton (bass); Lonnie Wilson, Steve Turner (drums); Curtis Young, Dennis Wilson, Cindy Walker, Vince Gill, Chely Wright (background vocals).
Engineers include: Jim Cotton, Joe Scalfe, Graham Smith.
Personnel: George Jones (vocals, guitar); Danny Parks (guitar, acoustic guitar); Reggie Young , Brent Mason (electric guitar); Sonny Garrish, John Hughey (steel guitar); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Kirk Johnson (harmonica); David Briggs , Barry Beckett (piano); Mike Lawler (keyboards); Lonnie Wilson, Steve Turner (drums); Cindy Walker, Cindy Richardson Walker, Curtis Young, Vince Gill, Dennis Wilson , Chely Wright (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: John Guess.
Recording information: Music Mill.
Photographer: Peter Nash .
Unknown Contributor Role: Sammy Kershaw.
Arranger: Bergen White.
Don't be misled by the title, there are no synthesizers or drum machines cluttering the sonic space around Ol' Possum on this album. Rather, HIGH-TECH REDNECK offers proof that Jones's '60s-oriented brand of country is fully capable of entering the '90s without sounding dated. The mix and production are updated to compete with the '90s "hat acts," but George wraps his tonsils around tear-jerking ballads like "I've Still Got Some Hurtin' Left To Do" and the rollicking, light-hearted title track in the classic style.
Though the pace picks up when Sammy Kershaw joins Jones for the horn-fueled "Never Bit A Bullet Like This," ballads dominate REDNECK, allowing Jones the chance to flex his subtle, melismatic vocal muscles. Country traditionalists may take exception with the reverb-heavy production, but Jones fans will find in this album the sure-fire technique and emotional commitment they have come to expect from their hero.
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