by Shelly FairchildShelly Fairchild


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Shelly Fairchild is young, pretty, and sassy, everything that a mainstream country singer should be in the mid-2000s, at least in marketing terms. If that's all that she was, she'd be the equivalent of the crass Keith Anderson -- a good-looking empty space, eager to shill for anybody who looks his way -- but Fairchild has a powerful, bluesy voice and a genuine charisma on record that makes her 2005 debut, Ride, a pretty cool little record. She's not immune to a lot of the trends of modern country -- in fact, she's not a Shania-styled diva, she's a creature of the post-Gretchen Wilson world, where female singers are encouraged to be a little rowdy, have some twang in both their voice and music. And while she indulges in a little bit of name-dropping associations -- just like how Wilson knows the words to every Tanya Tucker song on "Redneck Girl," Fairchild listens to B.B. King, Merle, and "Free Bird" on different tracks -- she's far removed from Big & Rich's calculated, gonzo hucksterism. Instead, with the assistance of producers Buddy Cannon and Kenny Greenberg, that mildly wild spirit is channeled into a disciplined Nashville production that's canny enough to keep Fairchild loose and lively, and have the music be just as vigorous. It's well-crafted, built upon a strong set of songs, and it pulls off the nifty trick of being classic Nashville product yet fresh and vibrant, due to Fairchild's consistently engaging performances. The result is a fun, infectious first album that, like Miranda Lambert's similar debut, announces the arrival a potentially major star.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0828767799421
catalogNumber: 77994
Rank: 156891

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shelly Fairchild   Primary Artist
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Curtis Wright   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Chip Davis   Background Vocals
David Angell   Violin
Pat Buchanan   Harmonica
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
David Davidson   Violin
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Chris Dunn   Trombone
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Tim Hensley   Banjo
Steven Herrman   Trumpet
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums
Steve Nathan   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Larry Paxton   Bass
Darrell Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Stephony Smith   Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dennis Linde   Composer
Pat McLaughlin   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Kenny Greenberg   Producer
Sonny LeMaire   Composer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Stephony Smith   Composer
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Bill Kenner   Composer
Patrick Murphy   Engineer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Tony Castle   Engineer
Gary Loyd   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Lisa Carver   Composer
Rendy Lovelady   Management
Clayton Mills   Composer
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development
Sylvia Meiler   Creative Producer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Shelly Fairchild   Composer
Tracy McGlocklin   Management
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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