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This is BR549

BR5-49Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
  • ASIN: B00005LNAM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Once upon a time, BR549 were the new-traditionalist kids on the Lower Broadway block, working for tips, taking on the toughest stump-the-band requests, and almost single-handedly cracking open a calcified Nashville scene. In 2001, five years since their first album, they haven't changed their good-natured, no frills, honky-tonkin' sound. They still blaze through twangy rock like the Everly Brothers' "Price of Love," still spin through hillbilly swing like Chuck Mead's terrific original "Fool of the Century," and they're not afraid to get shamelessly sentimental, as on Gary Bennett's "Different Drum." If there's a misstep, it's a small one: "A Little Good News" is the kind of wishy-washy liberalism better suited to Oprah than the Opry. Yet few young bands wear simple country pleasures as well as BR549. The hyphen may be gone, but the heart isn't. --Roy Kasten

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something better than this July 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
BR5-49 are the kings of country music in my book. While I have trouble finding value in todays modern country scene, BR continues to carry the torch for what country music could/should/has always been: an outlet for creativity and traditional sounds and sentiments. As modern pop/country is homogenized and regurgitated, BR through both their writing and the songs and artists they choose to cover, maintain touch with what real country music fans want to hear; MUSIC!!!
With that said, "This is..." is not BR549's best effort. Reading the other reviews both from other customers and the press, it is apparent that after signing with Lucky Dog, BR looked to finally break the big time. They slicked down their hair and their sound, popped out some originals that lended themselves to Worley's pop sensiblities and released a slick, accessible album.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not crying "sell-out" here. BR549 puts on one of the best live shows you'll ever hope to see and some of that energy comes through here. My point is, not enough. I understand the desire to become famous, but given the break-through success of the "O brother" soundtrack, it seems that the roots-country, alterna-country, retro-country, bluegrass revival sound's time has come. Why change what was certain to help break open the doors for GOOD music?!?
This is a good album with some high points, but there are some low points too. It's a little to slick for my tastes, but it's hard to lose a talented band behind over-production and after repeated listening, the real BR shines through.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardest Workin' Band in Music February 20, 2004
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BR549 is one of those rare bands that comes along and mixes a love and talent for making music with a ton of personality. The band takes it's name from a skit from the cornball country comedy show Hee Haw and have a style that mixes rockabilly, honky-tonk and swing. For their newest album, BR549 dropped the hyphen from their name, but little else has changed since the last few. Anyone who has seen these guys put on a live show can't help but like them. They are one of the hardest working bands in music today and they keep the audience entertained as they crack truly funny jokes and get after it on the stand up bass. From the sound of their newest album, they must work as hard in the studio as on the stage. Their most recent release, entitled This is BR549, is a foot-tapping kind of album that is charged with emotion and could be the band's best chance yet at recognition by Music Row.
The album opens on a strong note with the quirky, rowdy "Too Lazy To Work, Too Nervous to Steal." This is the kind of song that the repeat button on the CD player is made for. After opening up strong, the band launches into a remake of the Everly Brothers' "Price of Love." The not only do the song justice, but they make it their own with a fresh sound that mixes early rockabilly with a modern crispness. The boys keep up their reputation as funny guys with the hilarious song, "Psychic Lady," which has lyrics such as "Psychic Lady, you drive me crazy/With your video voodoo and your beehive hairdo." BR549 is well known for songs that delve into humor without becoming simple comedy. On this particular collection, they explore some new sounds, including some slower, more somber songs that reflect a certain maturity and sincerity. One such song is "A Little Good News," a remake of an Anne Murray hit from the 1980s.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Evil Recording Industry Strikes Again! August 19, 2001
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When I heard the BR5-49 (I LIKE the hyphen!) was releasing something new, I marked the date on my calendar. I mean I was psyched! Then I started reading the reviews, and the stories of the new producer- the image consultants, and the band desiring to "play ball" with the label.
I suppose that I can't blame the boys for wanting more success (let's be honest, who out there wouldn't want more money?)- but geez!
I always listened to BR to get away from awful "country music"- which these days is nothing more than pop music with steel guitars. In the past, the band can be counted on for smart, fun, kick-... music- but this new one is just plain boring.... Why would BR5-49 take pride in taking a giant step backwards?
If I wanna listen to BR5-49, I'll take one of their other cds. The recording industry is fully responsible for RUINING one of the finest bands around. This record will not be accepted by anyone. It will alienate their fans, and bore new listeners. (It was nice to see a Nick Lowe song covered though- at least one positive thing comes out of this mess- Nick will get some well deserved royalties!) Anyway- BR5-49 owes their fans better. Let's just forget about this cd- THIS ISN'T BR549.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BR549 - Without the Hyphen January 11, 2002
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BR549 has updated their name and their sound. Past BR549 albums have pulled heavily from the 1940's and 50's as BR covered such traditional country honky-tonk stars as, Webb Pierce, Ray Price, Buck Owens and Johnny Horton. "This is BR549" updates their songs to the 1960's and 70's as they cover The Everly Brothers, "The Price of Love" and Anne Murray's "A Little Good News". My first instinct when I heard Gary Bennett belt out "A Little Good News" was "This isn't a BR549 song". But the more I listened to the song, the more I appreciated this plaintive song.
I've always appreciated BRs cover songs but what sets this band apart is their self-penned tunes. Chuck Mead's "Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to Steal" is a raucous romp as well as his "Fool of the Century". Chuck's songs are just plain fun. I can never watch the Andy Griffith show again without thinking about Chuck's "Me and Opie Down by the Duck Pond", included on BR's "Live at Roberts" album.
Gary Bennett's "Walk in my Shoes" is a sheer delight. Gary is the soul of BR549. I still get shivers when I hear Gary sing "Big Mouth Blues" on BR's "Coast to Coast" album. He puts his all into that song.
Don Herron's lively fiddle, steel and mandolin play are hard to beat. He is about as gifted a musician as their is. On "This is BR549" the screaming guitars and Donnie's fiddle are flawlessly blended.
I have seen many live BR549 performances. It is hard to capture the BR549 sound on their studio albums. Their high energy is somehow lost. If there is any fault in "This is BR549" is that it fails to capture there high energy level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
BR549 is great and the option to download and receive the hard copy was great.
Published 21 days ago by william
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid rockabilly, but nothing special.
When you hear the first cut, you have high hopes. "Too Lazy to Work, Too Nervous to steal," is exactly what you're looking for: catchy tune, clever lyrics with a good sense of... Read more
Published on February 19, 2007 by J. Carroll
3.0 out of 5 stars Saw them live in NYC........
I saw them live in NYC as the opening act for the Mavericks. I went right out and bought two of their CD's. Read more
Published on May 14, 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars way too slick
I was one of the lucky one's to see br5-49 at roberts weastern wear when I lived in nashville we had big fun there. Read more
Published on October 27, 2001 by tim bays
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing release from great band
I was really looking forward to hearing the new album from BR5-49. I burned a CD with tracks from a couple of their earlier albums and thought I could add a few more since I... Read more
Published on August 28, 2001 by J. Gardner
3.0 out of 5 stars Are They Selling Their Soul?
I would have to agree with some of the other reviewers that this is a good album, but not BR-549 at their best. Read more
Published on August 18, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Rockabilly one of the best cds ive ever heard
this is a great album from track one down to track 11. one of the best albums i own and that is saying alot because i have alot of albums these guys are great
Published on July 20, 2001 by A. Vattimo
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillbilly kings rule!
A thousand or words or less to describe the latest release from the mother of all hillbilly bands?!? A million words would not be enough to fully describe their latest CD. Read more
Published on July 6, 2001 by Vince Sincere
4.0 out of 5 stars Retro darlings polish their roots
The ever expanding universe of Sony's Lucky Dog label (Charlie & Bruce Robison, Jack Ingram, The Derailers) picks up alt. Read more
Published on June 30, 2001 by hyperbolium
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