Tailgates & Tanlines

Tailgates & Tanlines

by Luke BryanLuke Bryan


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The third time around, Luke Bryan doubles down on his calling card: his inherent sweetness, the warmth he has as the country boy next door. Bryan is so genial that when he implores his country girl to "shake it for me," there's nary a trace of lasciviousness: he just wants to be sure she's having a good time. This aw-shucks generosity resonates throughout Tailgates & Tanlines, a record that capitalizes on the relaxed professionalism of 2009's Doin' My Thing. Bryan's bright setting plays as pop -- it's too clean and crisp, too bereft of grit to ever be mistaken as something hardcore -- but his foundation is pure country, songs that are sturdy and unfussy, never bothering with sugary pop hooks. This is a slight shift from Doin' My Thing, which was pop enough to have a OneRepublic cover fit within the context, but Bryan retains the shiny friendliness of his sophomore set and marries it to songs that are strictly country, whether they're a lazy Sunday stroll like "Too Damn Young," the country corn of "You Don't Know Jack," the farmtown anthem "Harvest Time," the blues stomp of "Muckalee Creek Water," or the open-road sprightliness of "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye." Much of this is modern in sensibility, anchored by subtle ties to the past, a deliberate move from Bryan both as a writer -- he had a hand in penning eight of the 13 tunes here -- and a performer, showing that he knows exactly what his strengths are: he's not flashy yet he's not boring, he's laid-back and assured, a modern guy who knows his roots but is happy to be in the present, and it's hard not to smile along with the guy as he sings.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/09/2011
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099907041228
catalogNumber: 70412
Rank: 13218

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luke Bryan   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mike Brignardello   Bass
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Mike Rojas   Organ,Piano
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Joe Spivey   Fiddle,Mandolin
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Bright   Keyboards
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Georgia Middleman   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Ashton Shepherd   Background Vocals
Rachel Thibodeau   Background Vocals
Jeff King   Electric Guitar
Clare Dunn   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeff Stevens   Composer,Producer
Radney Foster   Composer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Mills Logan   Engineer
Debra Williams   grooming
Rhett Akins   Composer
Mark Bright   Producer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Erin Enderlin   Composer
Brent Cobb   Composer
Luke Bryan   Composer
Jody Stevens   Engineer
Josh Kear   Composer
Rachel Thibodeau   Composer
Arlis Albritton   Composer
Casey Kessel   Composer
Jay Clementi   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Patrick Jason Matthews   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Neil Medley   Composer
Michael Carter   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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