Holding My Own

Holding My Own

by George StraitGeorge Strait


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By the time he released his twelfth album Holding My Own in 1992, George Strait had been having hits for over a decade, a long time in any kind of pop music, so it should come as no surprise that when this hit the market it was surrounded by albums cut by singers inspired by Strait. As such, the title itself can be read as a little bit defensive, proving that Strait was indeed comparing well to such new stars as Garth Brooks, and there are other slight signs of Strait and producer Jimmy Bowen reacting to the shifting times. There's the return of a coat of gloss on such slow singles as "So Much Like My Dad," a slight tempering of Western swing, a brightening of the Telecasters and beat on the uptempo tunes, which does result in the delightful modern rockabilly of "It's Alright with Me," reminiscent of nothing less than an updated Ricky Nelson tune. All these changes are incorporated within the framework of Strait's traditional country, sitting alongside the shuffles and barroom ballads that are familiar but have hardly worn out their welcome at this point. It's a sound as comfortable as a pair of slippers and Strait is appealing as ever here; appealing enough to disguise that for as likeable as many of these songs are, they're not among his best. That may be true, but even average George Strait is quite enjoyable, and, in retrospect, this not only held its own against the new guys, it's aged better than many of their LPs -- it only pales in comparison to other records by Strait himself.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2000
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0008811053222
catalogNumber: 10532

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Strait   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Steve Gibson   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Chemay   Bass
Ace in the Hole Band   Band,Group
David Anthony   Acoustic Guitar
Bob Bullock   Overdubs
Gene Daily   Guitar
Mike Daily   Steel Guitar
Floyd Domino   Piano
Gene Elders   Fiddle,Guitar
Terry Hale   Bass
Jim Horn   Alto Flute,Saxophone
Ronnie Huckaby   Piano
Michael Kennedy   Drums
Tim Kish   Overdubs
Benny MacArthur   Electric Guitar
Liana Manis   Background Vocals
Rick McRae   Electric Guitar
Rick McRai   Electric Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Electric Guitar
Larrie Londin   Drums
Mike Kennedy   Drums

Technical Credits

George Strait   Producer
Pam Belford   Composer
Jimmy Bowen   Producer
Bob Bullock   Engineer,overdub engineer
Jeff Coppage   Engineer
Dean Dillon   Composer
Tim Kish   overdub engineer
Jerry Lane   Composer
Russ Martin   Engineer
Craig White   Engineer
Jim Kemp   Art Direction
Katherine DeVault   Art Direction
Jerry Max Lane   Composer

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