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
  3. "Thirty Days" (Chuck Berry) – 2:45
  4. "I've Had Enough" (Ripley) – 3:10
  5. "The Little Man" (Jim Pulte, Ripley, Tim DuBois) – 5:46
  6. "Baby Likes to Rock It" (Ripley, Walt Richmond) – 3:56
  7. "The Blue Collar Rock" (Ripley) – 4:34
  8. "Doreen" (Ripley) – 2:29
  9. "Settin' the Woods on Fire" (Fred Rose, Ed G. Nelson) – 2:55
  10. "Tryin' to Get to New Orleans" (Ripley, Richmond, DuBois) – 4:40
  11. "The Tulsa Shuffle (Revisited)" (Ripley) – 6:11

Personnel[edit]

The Tractors[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

"The Tulsa Shuffle"
"Fallin' Apart"
"Thirty Days"
  • Debbie Campbell - background vocals
  • John Crowder - background vocals
  • Joe Davis - saxophones
  • Ron Morgan - upright bass on intro
  • Jim Sweney - background vocals
"I've Had Enough"
  • Steve Collier - steel guitar
  • Gene Crownaver - steel guitar
  • Curly Lewis - fiddles
  • Waddy Pass - steel guitar
"The Little Man"
  • Rick Morton - fiddle
  • Jim Pulte - bass vocals
  • Bonnie Raitt - slide guitar
  • Angelene Ripley - Hammond B-3 organ
  • Elvis Ripley - tremolo guitar
"Baby Likes to Rock It"
"Badly Bent"
  • Steve Bagsby - steel guitar
  • Curly Lewis - fiddle
"The Blue Collar Rock"
  • Ry Cooder - slide guitar
  • Jim Keltner - additional drums
"Doreen"
"Settin' the Woods on Fire"

None

"Tryin' to Get to New Orleans"
  • Joe Davis - horns
"The Tulsa Shuffle (Revisited)"
  • Junior Markham & the Tulsa All-Stars
    • Jimmy "Junior" Markham" - harmonica
    • Jimmy Karstein - drums
    • Chuck Blackwell - drums
    • Chuck Browning - drums
    • David Teegarden - drums
    • Steve Hickerson - guitar
    • Tommy Tripplehorn - guitar
  • Glen Mitchell, Larry Bell, Carl Bickhardt, Dick Sims, Angelene Ripley, Ed Robinson - Hammond B-3 organs
  • Steve Allen, Rick Beilke, Mike Bruce, Mark Bruner, Jim Byfield, Robert Coggins, Jon Crowder, Gary Cundiff, Jim Edwards, Richard Feldman, Huey Flannery, Ron Flynt, Michael Garrett, Gary Gilmore, Doc James, Roger Linn, Steve Pryor, Jim Pulte, Gordon Shryock, "Skee", Roger Tillison, Don White - guitars
  • Chuck DeWalt, Bill Belknap, Rich Brown, Jim Keltner - additional drums
  • Stacey Grant - trombone
  • Danny Mayo - "life observations and noises"
  • Ron Morgan - bass guitar riffs
  • Bonnie Raitt - slide guitar
  • Charlene Ripley - trumpet
  • Pat "Taco" Ryan - saxophone
  • Leon Russell - MIDI
  • Jim Strader - bass guitar licks
  • Spencer Sutton - piano

Additional production and engineering[edit]

  • Allen Brown - management
  • Don Cobb - digital editing
  • Ron Getman - engineering
  • Maude Gilman - art direction
  • Carlos Grier - digital editing
  • Señor McGuire - photography
  • Denny Purcell - mastering
  • Walt Richmond - production, engineering, photography
  • Angelene Ripley - engineering
  • Elvis Ripley - engineering
  • Steve Ripley - production, engineering, design, original art

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. ^ The Tractors (CD booklet). The Tractors. Arista Nashville. 1994. 18728-2. 

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