Rolling Stone - No. 988, p.1283 out of 5 stars
- "...[S]omething like a return to form for Nashville's biggest solo male..."
Personnel: John Jorgenson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar); Mike Johnson (steel guitar); Samuel B. Levine, Samuel B. Levine (tenor saxophone); Jeff Bailey (trumpet); Randy McCormick (piano, Wurlitzer piano, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); John Hobbs (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Larry Paxton, Michael Rhodes (bass instrument); Kenny Greenberg (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); John Willis (acoustic guitar, nylon-string guitar, banjo); B. James Lowry (acoustic guitar); Pat Buchanan, J.T. Corenflos (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore, Steve Hinson (steel guitar); Tim Hensley (banjo, background vocals); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); Jim Horn (baritone saxophone); Steve Patrick (trumpet); Chris Dunn (trombone); Wyatt Beard (piano, background vocals); Steve Nathan (synthesizer); Paul Leim (drums, percussion); Melonie Cannon, Buddy Cannon (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Kevin Beamish.
Liner Note Author: Kenny Chesney.
Recording information: Emerald Entertainment Studios; WEstwood Sound Studios.
Although most of the attention Kenny Chesney garnered in 2005 was for his brief marriage to actress Renee Zellweger, he also managed to release two studio albums during that year--the laid-back, island-hopping BE AS YOU ARE and THE ROAD AND THE RADIO, a more straightforward country outing. The latter record revisits his earlier style, spending more time on dusty gravel roads than palm-tree-lined beaches. On "Living in Fast Forward," Chesney ponders his busy life dubbing himself a "hillbilly rock star out of control" amidst ZZ Top-like guitar riffs. The amiable singer also offers up the emotional ballad "You Save Me" and two odes to south-of-the-border drinking--the upbeat "Beer in Mexico" and the melancholy "Tequila Loves Me"--making this a release that's sure to appeal to fans of all phases of Chesney's career.