Fired Up

Fired Up

by Randy HouserRandy Houser


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Randy Houser may remain on independent label Stoney Creek for 2016's Fired Up, but that doesn't stop him from swinging for the fences. If anything, this album possesses a bigger, bolder sound than its 2013 predecessor, How Country Feels. Houser isn't afraid to gloss "Chasing Down a Good Time" with analog synths and drum machines, nor is he reluctant to give the verses of "Mine Tonight" a light, nimble rhythm that feels at odds with the singer's meat-and-potatoes persona, but he pulls it off because neither the performance nor the production feels like pandering. One of Houser's strengths is that he never pushes too hard, but he nevertheless pushes. He'll slyly incorporate some trends into his productions -- here, it's a bright, beat-heavy electronic tapestry reminiscent of Luke Bryan -- but it's just enough to freshen a sound that remains rooted in muscular, masculine modern country. Such contemporary sensibility happily undercuts a slight tendency for nostalgia -- there are enough songs about being a "Little Bit Older," "Yesterday's Whiskey," and high-school memories -- while his fondness for a well-constructed song keeps this sturdy and sensible. If there is any fault in Fired Up, it's that it's a little bit too much of a good thing, particularly on its 17-track deluxe edition, but on a track-for-track basis, the record is always appealing.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2016
Label: Stoney Creek Records
UPC: 0697481676727
catalogNumber: 16767
Rank: 167977

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Houser   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
David Davidson   Violin
Derek George   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Nathan   Keyboards
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Monisa Angell   Viola
Jeff Roach   Keyboards
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Lee Hendricks   Bass
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders   Steel Guitar
Casey Wood   Percussion,Keyboards
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar
Sari Reist   Cello
Kevin Murphy   Drums
Chris Stapleton   Background Vocals
Jeff King   Electric Guitar
Dave Cohen   Keyboards
John Henry Trinko   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Derek George   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Russell Terrell   Engineer
Neil Thrasher   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Kelley Lovelace   Composer
Michael Dulaney   Composer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Shane Minor   Composer
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
Bobby Shin   Engineer
Brice Long   Composer
Larry Hall   String Arrangements
Randy Houser   Composer
Casey Wood   Engineer
Matt Rogers   Composer
Anthony Smith   Composer
Lee Thomas Miller   Composer
Matt Jenkins   Composer
Martin Johnson   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Travis Meadows   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Chris Janson   Composer
Bridgette Tatum   Composer
Rob Hatch   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Dallas Davidson   Composer
Tony Martin   Composer
Kylie Sackley   Composer
Alicia Hoffman   Programming
Anthony Smith   Composer
Trevor Rosen   Composer
Lee Miller   Composer
Josh Jenkins   Composer
Justin Wilson   Composer
Martin Johnson   Composer
John King   Composer
Martin Johnson   Composer

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