Free the Music

Free the Music

by Jerrod Niemann


It's not for nothing that Jerrod Niemann calls his second major-label album Free the Music: he's stepped far outside the box, so much so that the doo wop inflections of his 2010 breakthrough hit "Lover, Lover" seem conventional. Niemann is woozy and playful throughout Free the Music, displaying an impish sense of humor by calling an old-timey shuffle in the style of Leon Redbone "Honky Tonk Fever" and generally avoiding anything that could be called classically country (the closest he comes is "Real Women Drink Beer," which itself is colored by splashy Vegas horns). Which doesn't mean this is a pop or rock album, not even with the hints of arena rock ballads or drinking songs set to looped rhythms. There are plenty of signifiers of modern country, from sunny tunes breezing in from the Caribbean to the hints of rocking country, but Niemann is more interested in the detours, adding Beatlesque keyboards as punctuation on "Get on Up" and working a thick, funky groove on "Guessing Games." Despite the attention-grabbing manifesto of the title track, this isn't quite showy; rather, Free the Music is skilled and adventurous, never succumbing to pretension thanks to Niemann's game sense of humor. More than anything, the cheerful style-bending antics of Free the Music suggest what Big & Rich could have done if they devoted themselves to music instead of schtick.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2012
Label: Arista
UPC: 0886919698329
catalogNumber: 196983

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerrod Niemann   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Byron House   Upright Bass
Tim Lauer   Accordion
Chris Estes   Drums
Bill Huber   Tuba
Tim Teague   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lance Miller   Background Vocals
Natalie Murphy   Violin
Colbie Caillat   Background Vocals
Will Doughty   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Devri Depriest   French Horn
Rob Hatch   Background Vocals
Taryn Brainard   Background Vocals
Dave Brainard   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Overdubs,Acoustic Bass
Dustin Evans   Bottle
David Mahurin   Drums
Cliff Canterbury   Background Vocals
J.R. McCoy   Percussion,Conga,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Travis Mobley   Piano,Wurlitzer
William Elliott   Trombone
Karl Wingruber   Clarinet,Saxophone
Carl Utterstrom   Trombone
John Christopher Hamm   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Arlos Smith   Composer
Randy Boudreaux   Composer
Robin Geary   grooming
Lance Miller   Composer
Jerrod Niemann   Composer
Lee Brice   Composer
Rob Hatch   Composer
J.R. McCoy   Composer
Justin Young   Vocal Engineer
Richie Brown   Composer
Houston Phillips   Composer
Jone Stone   Composer
Lanec Miller   Composer
Jesse Clingan   Composer

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