Wynonna & the Big Noise

Wynonna & the Big Noise

by Wynonna & the Big NoiseWynonna & the Big Noise


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Wynonna Judd didn't precisely take an extended hiatus following the 2003 release of What the World Needs Now Is Love, but her attention did drift away from new songs. She dabbled in her past -- she staged a live retrospective, embraced nostalgia on the 2006 Christmas album, sang covers on 2009's Sing: Chapter 1, reteamed with her mother Naomi for a brief Judds reunion in the early years of the 2010s -- but never looked forward until she and husband Cactus Moser formed Wynonna & the Big Noise in 2012. It took a while for the band's eponymous debut to come out -- it was announced for a 2013 release but didn't hit stores until February of 2016, its delay possibly due to the underperformance of "Something You Can't Live Without" in 2013, or perhaps it took the group a while to get the album right. Either way, the resulting album feels neither fussy nor rushed: this music is well weathered, embracing its slow, steady roll and cherishing its old-fashioned contours. That's not to say that Wynonna & the Big Noise are either unaware or uninterested in modern music. Two of the biggest rebels in 2010s Nashville have a presence here -- Chris Stapleton co-wrote the opening "Ain't No Thing" and Jason Isbell duets on "Things That I Lean On" -- but a greater indication of how assured and muscular Wynonna & the Big Noise feels are cameos by both members of Tedeschi and Trucks, both providing a big, bluesy kick whose aftershocks are felt elsewhere, surfacing in slow, swampy vamps and soulful grooves. Despite this embrace of blues and rebellion, much of Wynonna & the Big Noise is rooted in soul, whether it's the down-home faith of "Jesus and a Jukebox" or a sharp cover of Raphael Saadiq's "Staying in Love." The presence of the latter suggests just how casually inclusive and sharp this album is: freed of commercial expectations and paired with an empathetic band, Wynonna will sing anything she damn well pleases and she's wound up with a monster of an album.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2016
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187943025
catalogNumber: 79430
Rank: 168554


  1. Ain't No Thing
  2. Cool Ya'
  3. Things That I Lean On
  4. You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast
  5. Staying in Love
  6. Keeps Me Alive
  7. Jesus and a Jukebox
  8. I Can See Everything
  9. Something You Can't Live Without
  10. You Are So Beautiful
  11. Every Ending (Is a New Beginning)
  12. Choose To Believe

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wynonna & the Big Noise   Primary Artist
Troy Johnson   Background Vocals
Tommy Hannum   Pedal Steel Guitar
Cactus Moser   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Keith Sewell   Fiddle,Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Dow Tomlin   Bass
Leslie Richter   Background Vocals
Tami Olin   Triangle
Justin Weaver   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Peter King   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Kevin Welch   Composer
Julie Miller   Composer
Wynonna Judd   Composer
Cactus Moser   Composer,Producer
Timothy B. Schmit   Composer
John Scott Sherrill   Composer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer
Billy Montana   Composer
Ashley Warren   Composer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Lisa Carver   Composer
Doug Johnson   Composer
Sarah Siskind   Composer
Charlie White   Composer
Leslie Richter   Engineer
Jeremy Spillman   Composer
Jennifer Witherell   Shoot Coordinator
Travis Meadows   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
David Tolliver   Composer
Andrew Ripp   Composer
Mark Daniel Sanders   Composer
Blair Munday   Art Direction
Wes Youssi   Graphic Design

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