I'm Alright

I'm Alright

by Jo Dee MessinaJo Dee Messina


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On the follow-up to her self-titled breakout debut, Jo Dee Messina and her production team of Tim McGraw and Byron Gallimore don't mess with what's not broke. Messina took two years to get I'm Alright to the fans, quite frankly because she was so busy touring in support of her hit record. Certainly a fencepost in the foundation blueprint for contemporary country records in the 21st century, I'm Alright contains ten cuts that either walk the line between country and straight-up radio-friendly pop or fall just to the country side of that fence. Messina has an enormous voice. While she doesn't have to stretch her contralto range much, her sense of dynamics is a near trademark, learned from the very best in the business. For proof, all one needs to do is go to the ballads, such as the Kostas and John Sherrill-penned "Because You Love Me," with its sense of restraint until the key moment in the refrain when caution is tossed to the wind and the singer delivers the proof in her conviction. The other tune Sherrill contributed to the set is the poignant "Even God Must Get the Blues," co-authored with Dene Anton. Messina's real musical companion in the tune is a lost and lonely Hammond B-3 organ -- which seems to have become a standard in contemporary country just as the upright piano was to the countrypolitan sound of the '60s -- and she walks with it, strolls with it, and dances with it through this socially conscious heartbreaker. But Messina can deliver party tunes, love songs, and break-up songs as well as anyone, as evidenced by the title cut that opens the disc. Driven by banjo, mandolin, pedal steel, and acoustic guitars, this one rolls with a backwoods back-porch vibe, and all is well with the world. Certainly the record is clean, perhaps a bit too clean, but the song selection is close to impeccable. Gallimore and McGraw were still finding their way with Messina here, and they hit pay dirt with her next record, 2000's Burn, where they found the perfect balance between country, pop, and '70s soft rock to dress Messina's voice in.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/1998
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187790421
catalogNumber: 77904
Rank: 10307

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jo Dee Messina   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin,Musician
Deborah Allen   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass,Musician
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar,Musician
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar,Musician
Byron Gallimore   Electric Guitar,Musician
Sonny Garrish   Pedal Steel Guitar,Musician
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar,Musician
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar,Musician
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar,Musician
Terry McMillan   Percussion,Musician
Steve Nathan   Piano
Chris Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Larry Byrum   Acoustic Guitar,Musician
Kim Parent   Background Vocals
Robin Lee Bruce   Background Vocals
Camille Harrison   Background Vocals
Ralph Friedrichsen   Background Vocals
Jeff King   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Tim McGraw   Producer
Chris Lord-Alge   Engineer
Dennis Davis   Engineer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Julian King   Engineer
Marty Williams   Engineer
Richard Hanson   Engineer
Peter Nash   Cover Photo
Ricky Cobble   Engineer
Stuart H. Dill   Management
Missi Callis   Song Assistants
Gregg Jampol   Engineer
Erik Lutkins   Engineer
Michelle Metzger   Song Assistants
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Judy Seale   Management

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