Clancy's Tavern [Deluxe Version]

Clancy's Tavern [Deluxe Version]

by Toby Keith


Discounting its lumbering opener "Made in America" -- an ode to Middle America disconcertingly scored to echoing guitar copped from the Edge -- Toby Keith plants his flag firmly in the country on Clancy's Tavern. Modern man that he is, Keith's definition of country is rooted in '70s outlaw, but not beholden to twangy Teles and slow-rolling acoustics -- he opens up enough to allow a Caribbean breeze to blow in when he's taking a moment to "Chill-Ax," he croons sweetly on "Just Another Sundown," he even leans on a little melancholic Irish lilt on the title track, just one of many drinking songs on an album named after a bar. Keith measures his memories by beer and hoists a "Red Solo Cup" in a riotous party that goes a long way in explaining what's right with Clancy's Tavern. Following through on the lighter touch of the preceding Bullets in the Gun, Keith pushes humor to the forefront and generally isn't so insistent on driving the beat into arena country territory, letting the melodies and music relax. Similarly, his delivery is unassumingly assured, sounding almost sly when he's singing about his need to hear a country song and retaining some spooky mystery on "Club Zydeco Moon" (which strangely enough never flirts with Cajun music). Keith is no longer in the flashy phase of his career, and he's toning down the bravado somewhat -- he's now the guy he sang about being on "As Good as I Once Was" -- but he's settled into this well-weathered skin on Clancy's Tavern, winding up with his best album in many a moon. [Like Bullets in the Gun, the Deluxe Edition of Clancy's Tavern contains four bonus live covers: a crackerjack version of Waylon Jennings' "High Time (You Quit Your Lowdown Ways)," Terry Fell's standard "Truck Drivin' Man," B.W. Stevenson's "Shambala," and Chuck Berry's "Memphis."]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2011
Label: Show Dog Nashville
UPC: 0602527814063
catalogNumber: 001606202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toby Keith   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Phil Madeira   Hammond B3
Eric Darken   Percussion
Brett Beavers   Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Jim Hoke   Saxophone
Steve Nathan   Piano,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Pat Bergeson   Harmonica
Jim Beavers   Bass,Background Vocals
Bill Huber   Trombone
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Brad Warren   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Brett Warren   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Mica Roberts   Background Vocals
Scotty Huff   Trumpet
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar
Charlie Judge   Accordion

Technical Credits

Eddy Raven   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Toby Keith   Composer,Producer
Brett Beavers   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Terry Fell   Composer
Kenny Greenberg   Producer
Jim Hoke   Horn Arrangements
Mills Logan   Producer,Engineer,overdub engineer
Daniel Moore   Composer
Billy Ray Reynolds   Composer
Jim Beavers   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Scotty Emerick   Composer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
Mike Paragone   Overdub Assistant
Todd Tidwell   Overdub Assistant
Lowell Reynolds   Overdub Assistant
Bobby Pinson   Composer,Producer
Ted Wheeler   Overdub Assistant
Brien Sager   Overdub Assistant
Tom Freitag   Overdub Assistant
Leland Elliott   Overdub Assistant
Gregory Scott Reeves   Composer

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