The Ranch (album)

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The Ranch
Studio album by The Ranch
Released 1997
Recorded 1997
Genre Country
Length 43:01 (original release)
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer
2004 re-release (Keith Urban in The Ranch)
Re-release cover

The Ranch is the only album by the American country music group The Ranch, fronted by Keith Urban. It was released by Capitol Nashville in 1997, and re-released in 2004 with two bonus tracks and re-titled Keith Urban in The Ranch.

Content[edit]

"Some Days You Gotta Dance" was later recorded by the Dixie Chicks on their 1999 album Fly. Their version, which features Urban on lead guitar, was released as a single in 2001. "Homespun Love" was later recorded by Steel Magnolia on their 2011 self-titled debut album, "Desiree" by David Nail on his 2011 album The Sound of a Million Dreams, and "Walkin' the Country" by Scotty McCreery on his 2012 debut Clear as Day.

Critical reception[edit]

William Ruhlmann of Allmusic rated it three stars out of five, comparing Urban's sound favorably to Rodney Crowell and saying, "He sounds modern instead, and the album reveals a broad, budding talent not far from fully flowering."[1]

An uncredited review in Country Weekly gave the 2004 reissue four stars out of five, saying that it was "lacking his later degree of confidence and polish" but that "The songs are uniformly strong".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Country Weekly 4/5 stars [2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Keith Urban and Vernon Rust except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Walkin' the Country"     2:56
2. "Homespun Love"     2:44
3. "Just Some Love"   Cyril Rawson, Scott Phelps 3:18
4. "Some Days You Gotta Dance"   Marshall Morgan, Troy Johnson 2:29
5. "My Last Name"     3:48
6. "Desiree"     5:49
7. "Freedom's Finally Mine"     3:51
8. "Hank Don't Fail Me Now"     3:03
9. "Tangled Up in Love"     3:51
10. "Clutterbilly" (instrumental) Urban, Peter Clarke, G. M. Holden 2:41
11. "Man of the House"   Rust 4:13
12. "Ghost in This Guitar"     4:11
2004 re-release bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Stuck in the Middle with You"   Gerry Rafferty, Joe Egan 3:50
14. "Billy"   Gary Burr, Monty Powell, Urban 3:46

Personnel[edit]

The Ranch[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Randy Flowers – hand claps on "Some Days You Gotta Dance"
  • Gary Gazzaway – horns on "Clutterbilly"
  • Tony Harrell – Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer and glockenspiel on "Desiree", piano on "Ghost on the Guitar"
  • Jim Horn – horns on "Clutterbilly"
  • Charlie McMahon – didgeridoo on "Billy"
  • Johnny Neel – Hammond B-3 organ on "Just Some Love", "Freedom's Finally Mine", "Stuck in the Middle"
  • Richard Nord – guest vocals on "Homespun Love"
  • Buck Reid – pedal steel guitar on "Man of the House"
  • Eric Silver – fiddle on "Just Some Love"
  • Joe Spivey – fiddle on "My Last Name"
  • Vernon Rust – guest vocals on "Homespun Love"

Strings on "Ghost in the Guitar" performed by the Nashville String Machine, conducted by Carl Marsh, arranged by Carl Marsh, Monty Powell and Keith Urban.

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 34

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country CAN Country
1997 "Walkin' the Country" 50 65
1998 "Just Some Love" 61 92

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "The Ranch review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Keith Urban in the Ranch". Country Weekly. Retrieved July 18, 2011.