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Stolle  04/04/2003          
Are You Ready For The Big Show
best CD I own
tim coonse  08/10/2001          
Are You Ready For The Big Show
REVIEW: ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIG SHOW? Radney Foster’s new live album ought to be titled “Get In, Sit Down, Shut up and Hold on”. Your arms are up in the air, your hands are doing that “booty push” thingie and you’re singin’ worse than Michael Bolton with a kidney stone. That’s when you remember that you’re not at the concert, you’re in the car, and the other drivers think you’re having a grand mal seizure. As Shoeshine Charlie delivers "Are you ready...?", I got that little chill in my back, the same that you feel at the first pop of the July 4th fireworks. The band glides in smooth, like a Snap-On creeper in a Slick-50 spill, then ... wait a minute, that's a fatass B-3 with a full-tilt Leslie spooling up, and you realize that, on this evening, Mr. Foster intends to shake your tree a little. I'm enjoying the groove to his new song, "Tonight", when I think, holy [email protected]#&, Radney's singin' about my 2nd ex-wife Linda, a gum-snappin', dirty-legged, pinched-mouthed waitress on the Waffle House graveyard shift. It was only nine days, nuptials-to-annulment. Linda sure got around some, though. My personal favorite turns out to be “I’m Used to It”. Once more, Radney guides me through my own personal morass of relationships cast asunder, unintended consequences and chasms of misery that I dug with my own two hands. . But a pleasant surprise is Ashley Arrison’s killer background vocals. I’m going out on a limb here, but I think she is Radney’s duetin’ soulmate. The band that Radney has assembled for this album is like a force multiplier; it ratchets his performance up by a whole order of magnitude. Mike McAdam has unseated my former first chair of the scalded-ass guitar, Pete Anderson. He makes poor Pete sound like Shirley Temple on a uke. While the whole band cooks on “Foldin’ Money”, Mike delivers chops reminiscent of a 16-horsepower Stihl saw with a new chain. This sets up a nice dichotomy with mandolin phenom Chris Thiele (you might as well change your name to Mandolin Phenom Chris …), who lays in spinet-like riffs between McAdam’s afterburners. And Matt Thompson’s backbeat on a set of excess inventory Martin Yan wokpots is positively primal The ribbon on this Christmas package is “Texas in 1880”. While not part of the live set, “Texas …” hooks up like a small-block Chevy WFO on a full bottle of nitrous. The whole album is full of welcome feints and twists on old Radney standards, and the new stuff delivers on my favorite Radney genre – foot-stompin’ honky-tonk with lyrics meant for the MENSA Lonely Hearts Sub-Committee. The result is a fierce, but earnest day’s work for Muckleroy – and more fun than rodeo sex.
Brian Deal  07/13/2001          
Are You Ready For The Big Show
As a huge music fan I can only saw this is a a excellent live album. It captures the feel that only Radney has, a honest and true musician. He displays his real effection and emotion in each song. The one thing that stands out most about this CD to me is the new arragements of some old favorites, like "Just Call Me Lonesome" it sounds great. The excellent Mandolin work of Chris Thile of Nickle Creek and Bryon House on stand up bass is just awesome. Check this Cd out You'll love it.


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