Good times have sunk into the marrow of Kenny Chesney’s bones, slowing down his metabolism, making him unlikely to kick up his tempos or turn up his amplifiers. Age slows you down but so do too many afternoons on the beach Chesney continues to romanticize, although not quite so much on 2010’s Hemingway’s Whiskey as he did on his last decade of records. Unlike its immediate predecessor, 2008’s Lucky Old Sun, Hemingway’s Whiskey isn’t simply lazy: it’s slow but it’s burnished and classy, not quite as literary as the Guy Clark title track might initially indicate, but surely handsome, its seamless weaving of guitars being the aural equivalent of high thread count sheets…
Mattea had vocal-cord surgery that threatened to end her career before she made Lonesome Standard Time, but you couldn't prove it by listening: her voice hasn't lost a bit of its deep alto warmth. Lonesome Standard Time isn't as ambitious as Time Passes By, but it's filled with lovely performances from Mattea's favorite sources: bluegrass ("Lonesome Standard Time"), gospel-influenced country ("Standing Knee Deep in a River (Dying of Thirst)") and Nanci Griffith ("Listen to the Radio").
Shania Twain is the self-titled debut album by Shania Twain, originally released in 1993. Although not a hit when originally released, Twain's subsequent successful albums gained her legions of fans, which generated more interest in Shania Twain causing it to be certified platinum in the US for shipments of one million copies.
Boomtown is the second studio album released by American country music singer Toby Keith. Released in 1994 on PolyGram Nashville, the album was certified platinum for U.S. sales of one million copies. Overall, this album produced four hit singles for Keith on the Hot Country Songs charts between 1994 and 1995: "Who's That Man" (#1), "Upstairs Downtown" (#10), "You Ain't Much Fun" (#2) and "Big Ol' Truck" (#15).