Personnel: Des Moore (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ray Lynam, John Staunton (acoustic guitar); Kevin Sheerin (electric guitar, pedal steel guitar); Jimmy Smyth (electric guitar); Richard Nelson (pedal steel guitar); Gay Brazel (dobro); Maire Breathnach, M ire Breatnach (fiddle); John Tate (strings); Charlie Arkins (harmonica); Ronan Dooney, Steven McDonnell (trumpet, flugelhorn); John Ryan , John Fell Ryan (keyboards, percussion); Raymond McLoughlin (keyboards); James Biennerhassett, Paul Moore , Tony Murray (bass instrument); Billy Burgoyne (drums, drum, percussion); Philip Begley (percussion); Frankie Colohan, Lorraine McDonald, Donny Sheerin, Danny Sheerin (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Daire Winston.
Recording information: Beechpark Studio, Dublin, Ireland; Cowboy Arms Hotel & Recording Spa.
Photographer: Nigel Schermuly.
Arranger: John Tate.
There has always been an audience for American country music in Ireland; don't forget that the Clinch Mountain area of southern Virginia and northeastern Tennessee, the birthplace of country music, was largely populated by Scots-Irish immigrants. Irish adult contemporary singer Daniel O'Donnell pays tribute to old-fashioned country and western with COUNTRY BOY. Tracks by Roger Miller, Buffy St. Marie, John Denver, and Kris Kristofferson make clear that COUNTRY BOY is focused on the "countrypolitan" sound of the 1960s and early '70s, and this pleasing retro vibe is heard even on more contemporary tunes.