High-Tech Redneck

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High-Tech Redneck
Studio album by George Jones
Released November 23, 1993
Genre Country
Length 30:46
Label MCA
Producer Buddy Cannon
Norro Wilson
George Jones chronology
Super Hits, Volume 2
(1993)
High-Tech Redneck
(1993)
The Bradley Barn Sessions
(1994)

High-Tech Redneck is an album by American country music singer George Jones. It was released in 1993 on the MCA Nashville Records label and went Gold in 1994.

Recording[edit]

By 1993, Jones had recorded two critically acclaimed albums for MCA but was still having a great deal of difficulty getting played on the radio, which was focused on younger, emerging stars. The new album, which employed two producers, Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson, was an attempt by MCA to broaden the singer's appeal, with biographer Bob Allen observing in his book George Jones: The Life and Times of a Honky Tonk Legend, "In 1993, the label released Hi-Tech Redneck, a new and oddly uneven Jones LP that tried to cast him in a slightly different and more lighthearted perspective, in hopes of breaking the radio deadlock." It didn't work; the album made it to number 30 on the Billboard country albums chart while the single peaked at 24 - a very respectable showing in reality, considering the lack of radio play the singer was getting. The other single from this album to make a chart appearance in Billboard was his duet with Sammy Kershaw, "Never Bit a Bullet Like This", a song also found on Kershaw's 1993 album Feelin' Good Train. The album was dedicated to Conway Twitty, who had died in June 1993, and features a cover of Twitty's "Hello Darlin'" to close out the album, which Jones had also recorded during his stint on the Musicor label.

"A Thousand Times a Day" was later recorded by Patty Loveless on her 1997 album The Trouble with the Truth. "The Visit" was later record by Chad Brock on his 2000 album Yes!

Reception[edit]

Ron Wynn of AllMusic praises the collection, writing that Jones sounds "steely on the title cut, and such songs as "I've Still Got Some Hurtin' Left to Do" and "Tear Me Out of the Picture" are the type of earnest, unsophisticated heartache songs that define country."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "High-Tech Redneck"   Byron Hill, Zack Turner 2:26
2. "I've Still Got Some Hurtin' Left to Do"   Donny Kees, Richard Ross 2:51
3. "The Love in Your Eyes"   Wayland Holyfield, Norro Wilson 3:52
4. "The Visit"   Gene Ellsworth, Brad Rodgers, Charles Stefl 3:21
5. "Silent Partners"   Bobby Braddock 3:03
6. "Tear Me Out of the Picture"   Bill Rice, Sharon Rice, Mike Lawler 3:25
7. "A Thousand Times a Day"   Gary Burr, Gary Nicholson 3:06
8. "Never Bit a Bullet Like This" (featuring Sammy Kershaw) Jim Foster, Mark C. Petersen 2:21
9. "Forever's Here to Stay"   Larry Bastian, Buddy Cannon 3:38
10. "Hello Darlin'"   Conway Twitty 2:43

Personnel[edit]

  • George Jones – vocals, guitar
  • Barry Beckett – piano
  • David Briggs – piano
  • Mike Chapman – bass
  • Sonny Garrish – steel guitar
  • Rob Hajacos – fiddle
  • John Hughey – steel guitar
  • Kirk "Jellyroll" Johnson – harmonica
  • Sammy Kershaw – vocals
  • Mike Lawler – keyboards
  • Brent Mason – guitar
  • Reggie Young – guitar
  • Danny Parks – guitar
  • Larry Paxton – bass
  • Steve Turner – drums
  • Lonnie Wilson – drums
  • Vince Gill – background vocals
  • Cindy Walker – background vocals
  • Dennis Wilson – background vocals
  • Chely Wright – background vocals
  • Curtis Young – background vocals
  • Nashville String Machine – strings

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 30
U.S. Billboard 200 124

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country CAN Country
1993 "High-Tech Redneck" 24 62
1994 "Never Bit a Bullet Like This" 52
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United States (RIAA)[1] Gold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American album certifications – George Jones – High Tech Redneck". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH