Personnel: Cledus T. Judd (vocals); Scotty Emerick, Toby Keith (vocals); Mike Severs (guitar); Steven Sheehan (acoustic guitar); Michael Severs (electric guitar); Scott Sanders (steel guitar, lap steel guitar); Rick Barker (harmonica); Dennis Burnside, Gary W. Smith , Gary Smith (keyboards); Larry Paxton (bass guitar); Mike Waldron, Jim Beavers (programming, background vocals); Trenna Barnes, John Wesley Ryles, Wes Hightower, Marcia Ramirez (background vocals); Pat Flynn (acoustic guitar); Russ Pahl (electric guitar, steel guitar); Troy Lancaster (electric guitar); Glen Duncan (mandolin, fiddle); Paul Scholten (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Rob Watson; Rob Matson; Steve Marcantonio.
Recording information: County Q Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: John Scarpati.
Known far and wide as the Weird Al Yankovic of country music, Cledus T. Judd has carved out a successful recording career by parodying hit country songs. Hardly the shy, retiring type, Judd attacks his subjects with all the subtlety of a Mack truck, and that's just the way his considerable fanbase likes it. Judd pulls no punches on BIPOLAR AND PROUD, going after some of the biggest stars in Nashville. In his hands, Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar" becomes the goofy car-racing ode "I Love NASCAR." Gretchen Wilson's rowdy breakout smash "Redneck Woman" is transmuted into "Paycheck Woman," in which Judd demands that his mate bring home the bacon. Playing up to the conservative quotient of the country audience, Judd uses one of the Dixie Chicks' own songs as the template for a satire of their outspoken anti-George W. Bush statements. Those who aren't ready to stop laughing when Judd turns serious on the non-satirical, tears-of-a-clown ballad "Funny Man" can just head back to track one and start all over again.