Barely Famous Hits

Barely Famous Hits

by The Warren BrothersThe Warren Brothers


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The Warren Brothers have a lean and clean rootsy sound, craft solid songs, harmonize sweetly, and have an appealingly self-deprecating sense of humor. They're even engaging on TV, where they have their own reality series, Barely Famous, on CMT and have judged on Nashville Star. So why aren't they more compelling on record? It's the same problem that plagues many Music City behind-the-scenes pros -- they have the skills and talent, but they don't have the presence that makes them recording stars. BNA/RCA Records tried to make the duo into stars at the turn of the millennium, but the public wasn't biting, as their singles and albums stalled in the middle of the charts. The label responded by dumping the brothers, but Nashville survivors that they are, they soldiered on, eventually scoring the TV gigs in the mid-2000s that helped turn them into country stars and, in turn, prompted the summer 2005 release of Barely Famous Hits, a compilation of 12 highlights from their three albums released between 1998 and 2004. Not all their charting singles are here, nor are all the good moments from their full-lengths, but most of the good stuff is here -- enough to be a representative compilation, a good introduction to the duo, one that will satisfy fans of the TV series. But for those who aren't familiar with Barely Famous, this cash-in comp -- which admittedly is one of the few times a cash-in is truly warranted -- is kind of puzzling. It's good, sturdy contemporary country, well-constructed, slickly played, occasionally pretty funny (as on "Sell a Lot of Beer," the best tune here), but it never is gripping. These are songs and performances that beg to be delivered by somebody with true on-record charisma -- somebody like Warren Brothers friend Tim McGraw, or even Dierks Bentley. Without that kind of forceful singer, the Warren Brothers' music is pleasant, but a little flat -- which may explain why they didn't have hits prior to being on TV, as well as explaining why their new fans are more forgiving of these polished, well-made, and rather predictable recordings. After all, now that the Warren Brothers are nearly famous, they're familiar, and fans are much more likely to accept such straight-ahead, nearly generic stuff like this from an act they already know. So, Nashville Star doesn't just work for the contestants, it works for the judges too! Just don't think that this is anywhere near as good as Miranda Lambert's Kerosene.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2005
Label: Bna Entertainment
UPC: 0828767026824
catalogNumber: 70268
Rank: 91722

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Warren Brothers   Primary Artist
Ronn Huff   Conductor
Benmont Tench   Keyboards
Bruce Bouton   Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Lap Steel Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Luke Bulla   Violin
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Shannon Forrest   Percussion,Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle
Byron Gallimore   Synthesizer Strings
Tony Harrell   Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
John Hobbs   Piano,Keyboards
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Synthesizer,Piano,Synthesizer Strings
Darrell Scott   Bouzouki,Dobro,Mandolin
Jonathan Yudkin   Cello
Chris Farren   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs   Dobro
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar
Dave Berg   Vocals
Rob Stoney   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Brad Warren   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Brett Warren   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
LeAnn Phelan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Georgia Middleman   Vocals
Michael Daly   Pedal Steel Guitar
Stephen E. Byam   Pedal Steel Guitar
Angelo Collura   Percussion,Drums
Jennie Hoeft   Percussion,Drums
Mike Holder   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Marty McIntosh   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Eric Borash   Mandolin,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

James House   Composer
Tim Heintz   Composer
Danny Wilde   Composer
Ronn Huff   String Arrangements
Tim McGraw   Producer
Benmont Tench   Composer
Tena Clark   Composer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Paul Hart   Producer,Audio Production
Jay Joyce   Producer
Chris Farren   Producer
Warren Brothers   Audio Production
Dave Berg   Composer
Brad Warren   Composer,Producer
Katherine Stratton   Art Direction
Astrid Herbold May   Cover Design
Tom Douglas   Composer

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