The Tractors (album)

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The Tractors
Studio album by The Tractors
Released August 2, 1994
Genre Country
Length 47:19
Label Arista
Producer Steve Ripley, Walt Richmond
The Tractors chronology
The Tractors
(1994)
Have Yourself a Tractors Christmas
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly (A) [1]

The Tractors is the eponymous debut album of American country music band The Tractors. Released in August 1994 on Arista Records, it set a record for becoming the fastest-selling debut album by a group to achieve Recording Industry Association of America platinum certification in the United States; by the end of the year, it was certified double platinum, and became the highest-selling country album of 1994.[2] The tracks "Baby Likes to Rock It", "Tryin' to Get to New Orleans", and "Badly Bent" were all released as singles. "Baby Likes to Rock It" was the only one to reach the top 40, peaking at number 11 on Hot Country Songs.

Recording the album[edit]

Steve Ripley, The Tractors' lead vocalist and guitarist, co-produced the album along with keyboardist/bass vocalist Walt Richmond.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Tulsa Shuffle" (Steve Ripley) – 3:54
  2. "Fallin' Apart" (Ripley, Ron Getman) – 3:47
    • Ed Richmond – fiddle
  3. "Thirty Days" (Chuck Berry) – 2:45
    • John Crowder – background vocals
    • Debbie Campbell – background vocals
    • Joe Davis – saxophones
    • Ron Morgan – upright bass on intro
    • Jim Sweney – background vocals
  4. "I've Had Enough" (Ripley) – 3:10
    • Steve Collier – second steel guitar solo
    • Gene Crownaver – third steel guitar solo
    • Curly Lewis – fiddle
    • Waddy Pass – first steel guitar solo
  5. "The Little Man" (Jim Pulte, Ripley, Tim DuBois) – 5:46
    • Rick Morton – fiddle
    • Jim Pulte – bass vocals
    • Bonnie Raitt – slide guitar (recorded at Sun Studio)
    • Angelene Ripley – Hammond B–3 organ
    • Elvis Ripley – tremolo guitar
  6. "Baby Likes to Rock It" (Ripley, Walt Richmond) – 3:56
  7. "Badly Bent" (Martha Ellis, Ripley, Richmond) – 3:02
    • Steve Bagsby – steel guitar
    • Curly Lewis – fiddle
  8. "The Blue Collar Rock" (Ripley) – 4:34
    • Ry Cooder – slide guitar
    • Jim Keltner – extra drums
  9. "Doreen" (Ripley) – 2:29
    • Eldon Shamblin – guitar
  10. "Settin' the Woods on Fire" (Fred Rose, Ed G. Nelson) – 2:55
  11. "Tryin' to Get to New Orleans" (Ripley, Richmond, DuBois) – 4:40
    • Joe Davis – extra horns
  12. "The Tulsa Shuffle (Revisited)" (Ripley) – 6:11
    • Steve Allen – guitar
    • Rick Belke – guitar
    • Bill Belknap – drums
    • Larry Bell – Hammond B–3 organ
    • Rich Brown – drums
    • Mike Bruce – guitar
    • Mark Bruner – guitar
    • Jim Byfield – guitar
    • J. J. Cale – guitar
    • Robert Coggins – guitar
    • John Crowder – guitar
    • Gary Cundiff – guitar
    • Chuck DeWalt – drums
    • Jim Edwards – guitar
    • Richard Feldman – guitar
    • Huey Flannery – guitar
    • Ron Flynt – guitar
    • Michael Garrett – guitar
    • Gary Gilmore – guitar
    • Stacey Grant – trombone
    • Doc James – guitar
    • Jim Keltner – drums
    • Roger Linn – guitar
    • Steve Pryor – guitar
    • Dan Mayo – "life observations and noises"
    • Glen Mitchell – Hammond B–3 organ
    • Ron Morgan – bass guitar licks
    • Rick Morton – fiddle
    • Carl Pickhardt – Hammond B–3 organ
    • Steve Pryor – guitar
    • Jim Pulte – guitar
    • Bonnie Raitt – slide guitar
    • Ed Richmond – fiddle
    • Ed Robinson – Hammond B–3 organ
    • Angelene Ripley – Hammond B–3 organ
    • Charlene Ripley – trumpet
    • Elvis Ripley – tremolo guitar, dive bomb guitar
    • Leon Russell – MIDI programming
    • Pat "Taco" Ryan – saxophone
    • Emily Smith – tambourine
    • Dick Sims – Hammond B–3 organ
    • Gordon Shryock – guitar
    • "Skee" – guitar
    • Jim Strader – bass guitar licks
    • Spencer Sutton – piano
    • Roger Tillison – guitar
    • Don White – guitar
    • Junior Markham & the Tulsa All Stars:
    • Chuck Blackwell – drums
    • Chuck Browning – drums
    • Steve Hickerson – guitar
    • Jimmy Karstein – drums
    • Jimmy "Junior" Markham – harmonica
    • David Teegarden – drums
    • Tommy Tripplehorn – guitar

Personnel (all tracks)[edit]

The Tractors[edit]

Additional production and engineering[edit]

  • Allen Brown - management
  • Don Cobb - digital editing
  • Maude Gilman - art direction
  • Carlos Grier - digital editing
  • Señor McGuire - photography
  • Denny Purcell - mastering
  • Angelene Ripley - engineer
  • Elvis Ripley - engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 2
U.S. Billboard 200 19
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 1
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Albums 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  2. ^ Flans, Robyn (1999-03-01). "The Tractors: A Fresh Breeze from Tulsa". MIX: Professional Audio & Music Production. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  3. ^ Album's liner notes

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Waitin' on Sundown
by Brooks & Dunn
RPM Country Albums number-one album
November 28 - December 11, 1994
Succeeded by
Waitin' on Sundown
by Brooks & Dunn