Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

by Chris Cagle



Chris Cagle's Capitol contract ran out after 2008's My Life's Been a Country Song -- a hits summary arrived two years later -- and three years later the country singer went independent, signing with the Bigger Picture Music Group in 2011 and issuing Back in the Saddle a year later. As the title makes plain, Cagle is positioning this as a comeback and he returns to hard country, at least in theme. There are plenty of songs about god, country, mama, cowgirls, and whiskey, all the standard tropes, all delivered in a polished package that doesn't bring to mind the Johnny Cash he's "rolling and bumping" on the opening "Got My Country On." There are a couple fiddles on "Just Enough," but these 11 songs are all rocking country that's gotten just a little bit long in the tooth, holding on to the blasting guitar riffs and power ballads of '90s crossover but delivering them on a slightly smaller scale. Everything sounds the teensiest bit diminished, as if it's waiting for another layer of gloss or at least a second set of overdubs, but Cagle also feels rather comfortable in this relatively modest setting. A bit older and a bit slower, he's facing his forties not by abandoning his crossover sound but rather by digging roots, giving himself the leeway to not try so hard anymore. Perhaps he may have been better served by a more adventurous set of songs or subjects but he feels friendly and comfortable here, happy to get back to the business of making music.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2012
Label: Bigger Picture Group
UPC: 0093624953319
catalogNumber: 529297

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Cagle   Primary Artist
Gary Prim   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Guitar (Resonator)
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Paul Leim   Drums
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Glenn Worf   Bass
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Andy Leftwich   Fiddle,Mandolin
D. Vincent Williams   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Lowery   Engineer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Melissa Pierce   Composer
Keith Stegall   Producer
Jason Lehning   Engineer
Kim Tribble   Composer
Jim Beavers   Composer
Casey Beathard   Composer
Chris Cagle   Composer
Ashe Underwood   Composer
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
Danny Myrick   Composer
Matt Rovey   Engineer
Jason Kyle   Engineer
Matt Coles   Engineer
Justin Weaver   Composer
D. Vincent Williams   Composer,Producer
Jonathan Singleton   Composer
Kelly Archer   Composer
Phillip White   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Clay Mills   Composer
Austin Hale   Illustrations
Justin Wilson   Composer

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