The Pressure Is On

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The Pressure Is On
Studio album by Hank Williams, Jr.
Released August 1981 (1981-08)
Genre Country
Length 33:59
Label Elektra/Curb
Producer Jimmy Bowen
Hank Williams, Jr. chronology
Rowdy
(1981)
The Pressure Is On
(1981)
High Notes
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Pressure Is On is a studio album by American country music artist Hank Williams, Jr.. It was released by Elektra/Curb Records in August 1981 and was Williams' seventh studio album on the Elektra/Curb label.

Critical and commercial success[edit]

The Pressure Is On was Williams' fifth consecutive Top 10 album for Curb, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[2] Two songs, "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)" and A Country Boy Can Survive" were released as singles, with "All My Rowdy Friends" peaking at Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs & Tracks chart, giving Williams his fifth career Number One single, while "A Country Boy Can Survive" peaked at number 2. They have become signature songs for Williams and remain among the most popular of his career. The album and singles were well received by critics, earning Williams an Academy of Country Music nomination for Top Male Vocalist. It was also a major commercial success for Williams and was certified Platinum by the RIAA, making it Williams' sixth album to be certified Gold and his second to be certified Platinum.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Country Boy Can Survive" (Hank Williams, Jr.) – 4:16
  2. "The Coalition to Ban Coalitions" (Williams, Jr.) – 2:10
  3. "Tennessee Stud" (Jimmy Driftwood) – 3:27
  4. "Ramblin' in My Shoes" (Bill Emerson, Vince Emerson) – 3:13 [featuring Boxcar Willie]
  5. "The Pressure Is On" (Williams, Jr.) – 4:13
  6. "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)" (Williams, Jr.) – 3:58
  7. "I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)" (Williams) – 2:41 [featuring George Jones]
  8. "Weatherman" (Williams, Jr.) – 3:39
  9. "Everytime I Hear That Song" (Williams, Jr.) – 3:15
  10. "Ballad of Hank Williams" (Don Helms) – 3:21 [featuring Don Helms]

Musicians[edit]

  • Acoustic Guitar: Kenny Bell, Bobby Thompson, Paul Worley
  • Electric Guitar: Reggie Young, Billy Walker
  • Drums: James Stroud
  • Steel: Cowboy Eddie Long, Sonny Garrish
  • Bass: Joe Osborn, Bob Wray
  • Piano: Larry Knechtel, Hargus "Pig" Robbins
  • Organ: Mike Lawler
  • Synthsizer: Tony Migliore
  • Mandolin: Vernon Derrick, Kieran Kane
  • Fiddle: Lisa Silver, Vernon Derrick
  • Viola: Buddy Spicher
  • Dobro: Mike Auldridge, Hank Williams Jr.
  • Horns: Irve Kane (trombone), Terry Mead (trumpet), Jerry Vinett (clarinet)
  • Banjo: Bobby Thompson
  • Train Whistle: Boxcar Willie
  • Harmonica: Terry McMillan
  • Sitar: Reggie Young
  • Guest Duck: Mack Vickery

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Jimmy Bowen
  • Recorded at Sounds Stage Studios, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Engineered by Ron Treat, Jimmy Bowen and Steve Tillisch
  • Mastered at Masterfonics by Glenn Meadows
  • Album Art Direction: Ron Caro and Norm Ung
  • Album Design by Norm Ung
  • Album Photography by Ron Slenzak

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 5
U.S. Billboard 200 76

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "The Pressure Is On review". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Pressure Is On Charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  3. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum