Kuntry Livin'

Kuntry Livin'

by Big SmoBig Smo


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The hick-hop boom of the 2013-2014 season continued with the Big Smo's major-label debut album, the release of which just happened to coincide with the premiere of his reality TV series. Put a couple country superstars on the guest list (Frankie Ballard and Darius Rucker), jam the track list with anthems worthy of Kid Rock or Colt Ford ("Bumpy Road" and "Come On" are strong, stadium-sized singalongs), and then stage the cover for that "rebel" appeal ("Smo...can you hold the moonshine jar a lil' higher?") and the corporate cornpone formula will pay off splendidly, but Kuntry Livin' can't be written off so easily. Partly because Smo's got charisma and partly because he's a crafty, scrappy fellow with a Lil Wyte affiliation linking him to the underground and an approach that says "Hell, I can do this!," which might be the optimal way to come at a hick-hop album. The brilliantly titled "Hick Ross" barks "I'm the grand champ of my camp, like a ten-point buck/You'll get that 12-gauge spray if you mess with my truck!" and anyone who spends Saturdays in a Cabela's or a Big Three car lot can testify, while numbers like "Workin'" and "Redneck Rich" ("There's always somethin' hooked to my hitch") are Johnny Paycheck's "Take This Job and Shove It" or Rush's "Working Man" updated for the MP3 generation. Surprising when Smo pours his heart out about loss ("Some people can stay in your heart, but not in your life") and wins during the moving "Cover My Eyes," and surprising that the album runs 14 tracks long and stands strong right to the end. Redundancy, however, might be an issue as the party numbers simply alternate between hootin' and hollerin', but as hick-hop albums from reality stars go, this is a monster truck rally on wax. Come 'round here lookin' for Dylan, Radiohead, or Nas and Smo is likely to kick your ass, so down a jar and believe him when he says "Hick Ross."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2014
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0093624936138
catalogNumber: 543999
Rank: 24913

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Smo   Primary Artist
Jimmy Stewart   Fiddle
Shelly Fairchild   Background Vocals
Charlie Worsham   Banjo,Slide Guitar
Cameron Roberts   Bass
Peter Keys   Organ,Piano
Alexander King   Background Vocals
JD Simo   Guitar
Andrew DeRoberts   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jonathan Knight   Acoustic Guitar
David Yudkin   Fiddle,Cello,Slide Guitar
Rich Redman   Drums
Travis Tidwell   Guitar

Technical Credits

Rob Parissi   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Jim Beavers   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Bobby Pinson   Composer
Big Smo   Composer
Orig   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jon Conner   Composer,Producer,Engineer,overdub engineer
Alexander King   Composer
Andrew DeRoberts   Programming
Jesse Scott Hill   Composer
Foz Rock   Composer

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Kuntry Livin' 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LTR1 More than 1 year ago
this is a great album