This Ride

This Ride

by Jerrod Niemann


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Making the move from Arista to Curb, Jerrod Niemann sounds revitalized on This Ride, an album that follows High Noon by three years. That 2014 record found Niemann sliding into a slick country-pop groove, a sound he doesn't necessarily abandon on This Ride but he scuffs up this polish with a spirit of adventure. He doesn't revive the unfettered oddness of 2012's Free the Music -- a wonderfully quirky record that unfortunately halted his commercial momentum -- but he does take the time to play with drum loops, and stomping arena rock -- elements that contrast nicely with the mellow bent of the majority of the record. Crucially, production isn't the only place where Niemann plays around: He varies his songs, playing some straight country, a little bit of breezy beach music, and woozy blues boogie. None of these variations are far outside of Niemann's wheelhouse, yet it gives the record a lift, preventing the album from getting soft. Not that those sweeter songs are bad -- "God Made a Woman" is one of the best ballads he's recorded, and his original "Whiskey Waitin' on Ice" has a nice, sunny shimmer -- but having two catchy Shane McAnally co-writes ("Zero to Crazy," "A Little More Love") gives the record a pulse that carries through the rest of the record. Maybe Niemann will never be as weird as he was on Free the Music, but on This Ride he manages to convey his own amiable, slightly left of center personality within mainstream country-pop, and that's more than enough.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2017
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187944121
catalogNumber: 79441
Rank: 81845

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerrod Niemann   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Gene Johnson   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Dorn   Keyboards
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar,Ebo
Charles Judge   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Blair Masters   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet,Wurlitzer
Greg Morrow   Drums
Jimmy Olander   Electric Guitar
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Kip Raines   Percussion
Marty Roe   Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Hammond B3
Dana Williams   Background Vocals
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Derek Wells   Electric Guitar
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Luke Dick   Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Rob McNelley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Lance Miller   Background Vocals
Justin Schipper   Steel Guitar
Danny Rader   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Resonator,Guitar (Resonator)
Charlie Judge   Strings
Evan Hutchings   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Drum Loop
Nick Norman   Background Vocals
Carl Miner   Acoustic Guitar
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Drums

Technical Credits

Natalie Hemby   Composer
Blair Masters   Programming
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Producer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Dan Frizsell   Engineer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Richie Brown   Composer
Jimmy Yeary   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Luke Dick   Composer
Chris DeStefano   Composer
Lance Miller   Composer
Ross Copperman   Composer
Tina Parol   Composer
A.J. Babcock   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Jeremy Stover   Composer
Jerrod Niemann   Composer,Producer
Kristi Neumann   Composer
Lee Brice   Producer
Corey Crowder   Composer
Chris Janson   Composer
Matt Dragstrem   Composer
Pete Good   Composer
Jimmy Robbins   Composer
Justin Cortelyou   Engineer
Rob Hatch   Composer
Jeff Hyde   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Josh Osborne   Composer
Charlie Judge   String Arrangements
Joel Shewmake   Composer
Evan Hutchings   Programming
CJ Solar   Composer
Jon Nite   Composer
Cole Taylor   Composer
J.T. Harding   Composer
Jessie Dillon   Composer
Brandon Hood   Composer
Michael Ray   Composer
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Programming
Charles Lucas Ian Dick   Composer

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