What I'm For

What I'm For

by Pat GreenPat Green


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A prudent man would not open his album with a song featuring the verses "Now I'm the first to say I don't know what I'm doing/And I ain't gonna preach what I don't know/I ain't no deep theologer, no PhD psychologer/I'm making this shit up as I go." But Pat Green clearly knows no such caution, and on What I'm For, his eleventh album, he seems determined to Make A Statement while offering up a commercially polished product that might allow him to make a dent on the charts outside his native Texas for a change. The first two songs, "Footsteps of Our Fathers" and "What I'm For" are clearly intended as Statements of Purpose issued from some blue-collar soapbox about unity and acceptance among the common people, and "In It for the Money" makes it clear that Green considers himself an artist and doesn't think much of folks willing to sell out for a royalty check. However, Green sounds a bit more engaged when he's singing "Country Star," a presumably satiric number in which he goes on about the joys of free drinks, hot babes, hanging out with Faith Hill and all else that comes with landing a record on the top of the charts, and for all his rootsy sincerity, producer Dann Huff has made this Green's most radio-ready album to date, so slick you could skate on it when you cue up tunes like "Lucky" or "Feeling Pretty Good Tonight." And while Green and his band sound game on these sessions, these tunes are far from the best in his songbook, full of clever phrases that don't always cohere into real songs; for all the care that went into the production and the arrangements, it's sadly ironic that songwriting turns out to be the Achilles' Heel of What I'm For. Maybe Green wasn't kidding -- maybe he did make this stuff up as he went along.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2009
Label: Bna Entertainment
UPC: 0886972690926
catalogNumber: 726909

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pat Green   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
J.T. Corenflos   Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Dann Huff   Guitar
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Eric Darkin   Percussion
Jay DeMarcus   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Brendon Anthony   Fiddle
Michael Tarabay   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Guitar
Brett Danaher   Guitar
Adam Shoenfeld   Guitar
Justin Pollard   Drums
Clayton Ryder Corn   Piano,Keyboards
Justin Andrew Pollard   Drums
Chris Skrobot   Guitar
J.T. Corenfios   Guitar
Clay Corn   Piano,Keyboards
Andrew Pollard   Drums

Technical Credits

Lari White   Composer
Marc Beeson   Composer
Chuck Cannon   Composer
Pat Green   Composer
Mark Hagen   Engineer,overdub engineer
Dann Huff   Producer,Audio Production
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer,overdub engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Allen Shamblin   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Walt Wilkins   Composer
Patrick Davis   Composer
Justin Pollard   Composer
Bobby Pinson   Composer
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer
Justin Andrew Pollard   Composer
Danny Orton   Composer
Nikki Wang   grooming
Andrew Pollard   Composer

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What I'm For 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This record delivers more of the Pat Green we know and love! His undiminishable joy and enthusiasm for life shines through and makes me smile everytime I listen to it. I don't think he will ever become a big main stream country star, but every time I listen to tracks like "Lucky" I thank God he prefers to write music that is true to himself rather than sell out for a bigger paycheck and more face time on TV.