Let Them Be Little

Let Them Be Little

by Billy DeanBilly Dean


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Billy Dean opens Let Them Be Little with a thundering, urgently delivered appeal to make the most of every moment we have on earth, and he puts this philosophy into practical application throughout the disc. Positive and upbeat, the tunes celebrate living, loving, the country life, family, childhood, and friends, their themes fueled by aggressive country rock in arrangements laced with thundering drums, scorching guitar licks, keening fiddle interjections, and some tasty keyboard and organ underpinnings. Vocally, Dean attacks the songs with conviction and no small amount of ferocity. He also co-wrote all but one track -- a kicked-up version of John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" -- and Dean's inspired performance makes it pretty clear that he believes every word he sings. The fleeting nature of childhood informs the title song's balladic plea, with soaring, string-laden choruses taking off from subtly rendered, vividly detailed verses describing the tactile joys of child rearing. Other standouts here include "Eyes," a banjo- and fiddle-fired ode to new love; "Good Love Gone Bad," a rare foray into heartbreak, country-rooted with an '80s power ballad shading; and the go-for-it stomper, "Swinging for the Fence." Apropos of his meaty topics, Billy Dean leaves the listener with a lot to chew on.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/29/2005
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187886223
catalogNumber: 78862
Rank: 112137


  1. This Is the Life
  2. Eyes
  3. Thank God I'm a Country Boy
  4. I'm in Love With You
  5. Slow Motion
  6. Let Them Be Little
  7. Good Love Gone Bad
  8. Race You to the Bottom
  9. Shelfer Street
  10. Swinging For The Fence
  11. Somewhere in My Broken Heart
  12. Billy the Kid

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Dean   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Matt Rollings   Piano
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin
Mike Brignardello   Bass,Bass Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
David Harvey   Mandolin
Joe Hogue   Keyboards
Jim Hoke   Harmonica
John Jarvis   Piano
Paul Leim   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass,Bass Guitar
Scott Sanders   Steel Guitar
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Tim Akers   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Dan Needham   Drums
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Kim Parent   Background Vocals
Marcia Ramirez   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders   Steel Guitar
Kevin Haynie   Banjo
Marty Slayton   Background Vocals
Shannon Forest   Drums
Ray Barnette   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Jeff King   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Billy Dean   Composer,Producer
Lari White   Producer,Audio Production
Chuck Cannon   Composer
Joe Hogue   Programming
Paul Jenkins   Engineer
Richard Leigh   Composer
Paul Nelson   Composer
John Sommers   Composer
Craig White   Engineer
Chuck Jones   Composer
Dan Rudin   Engineer
Richie McDonald   Composer
Eric Legg   Engineer
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Ray Barnette   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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