Bring You Back

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Bring You Back
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Studio album by Brett Eldredge
Released August 6, 2013 (2013-08-06)
Genre Country
Label Atlantic Nashville
Producer Ross Copperman, Brad Crisler, Chris DeStefano, Brett Eldredge, Byron Gallimore, Scott Hendricks, Luke Laird
Brett Eldredge chronology
Bring You Back
Singles from Bring You Back
  1. "Raymond"
    Released: September 27, 2010
  2. "Don't Ya"
    Released: October 8, 2012
  3. "Beat of the Music"
    Released: September 30, 2013
  4. "Mean to Me"
    Released: July 14, 2014

Bring You Back is the debut studio album by American country music artist Brett Eldredge. It was released on August 6, 2013 by Atlantic Nashville.[1] The album includes the singles "Raymond", "Don't Ya", "Beat of the Music" and "Mean to Me". "Don't Ya", "Beat of the Music" and "Mean to Me" reached Number One on the Country Airplay chart. The album has gained critical acclaim by music critics.


Brett Eldredge stated that the last song "Go On Without Me" was written in memoriam about Lindsay Nicole Walleman,[2] the Manager of Midwest/Northeast Promotions, W.A.R. Team at Warner Music Nashville, after she died of cancer in 2013.[3][4] In addition, Eldredge noted that Walleman was "'one of the people who were fighting for me to get on the radio'", and he told that "'When the label heard this song, they agreed that we were finishing the album with it.'"[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Country Weekly B+[6]
Digital Journal 5/5 stars[7]
Got Country Online 5/5 stars[8]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[9]
Taste of Country 3.5/5 stars[10]

Bring You Back garnered critical acclaim from the six music critics to review the album. At Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine highlighted that the release is "crisp, chipper, and eager to please, an album that cheerfully checks off every box on contemporary country radio."[5] In addition, Erlewine noted that "everything" contained on the effort "is shiny, happy country-pop -- even the ballads feel bright -- but that's the appeal of Eldredge and his debut: everybody involved worked hard to deliver a piece of gleaming modern country product, and it's hard to resist all that impeccable craft."[5] Giving it a "B+", Bob Paxman of Country Weekly described Eldredge's voice as "soulful", comparing his delivery on "Waited Too Long" and the title track favorably to Travis Tritt. He wrote that some of the songs "travel down the often-trod pavement of small-town odes[…]But never do they sound contrived or overly sentimental". However, he called "On and On" and "Beat of the Music" "ordinary".[6]

Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal told that everyone of the "songs on here are flawless and they each have their own identities", which they are " not overdone or overproduced", and the tracks are "well-written and sung from the heart."[7] Additionally, Papadatos stated that "if a baseball analogy were used to describe the excellence of this album, it is safe to say that Brett has hit a grand slam with 'Bring You Back.'"[7] Got Country Online's Donna Block noted that "just as his music covers many genres, the songs on his album will touch a wide range of emotions."[8] At Roughstock, Dan MacIntosh felt that "maybe it's this album's overall sonic warmth that makes it feel undeniably Country, even without many of the more obvious aural clues."[9] Billy Dukes of Taste of Country found that "the pace is exhilarating, but also worth noting are the subtle warbles and variations in his voice that make each song on 'Bring You Back' a unique moment."[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "Tell Me Where to Park"   Brett Eldredge, Jon Nite, Greg Becker Luke Laird 2:57
2. "Don't Ya"   Eldredge, Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley DeStefano 3:02
3. "Bring You Back"   Ross Copperman, Heather Morgan Copperman 3:12
4. "On and On"   Eldredge, Laird, Shane McAnally Laird 3:08
5. "Gotta Get There"   Eldredge, Laird, Barry Dean Laird 3:23
6. "One Mississippi"   Eldredge, Tom Douglas Scott Hendricks 3:45
7. "Beat of the Music"   Eldredge, Copperman, Morgan Elderedge, Copperman 2:59
8. "Waited Too Long"   Eldredge, Brad Crisler Brad Crisler 3:59
9. "Mean to Me"   Eldredge, Scooter Carusoe Laird 3:48
10. "Signs"   Eldredge, Crisler, Bill Anderson Byron Gallimore 3:53
11. "Raymond"   Eldredge, Crisler Gallimore 3:39
12. "Go On Without Me"   Eldredge, Copperman, Natalie Hemby Eldredge, Copperman 3:16


  • Walt Aldridge- acoustic guitar (track 8)
  • Steve Brewster- drums (track 3)
  • Mike Brignardello- bass guitar (tracks 10,11)
  • Stephanie Chapman- background vocals (tracks 7,12)
  • Perry Coleman- background vocals (track 1,9)
  • Ross Copperman- accordion (tracks 7,12), acoustic guitar (tracks 7,12), electric guitar (tracks 7,12), mandolin (tracks 7,12), programming (tracks 7,12)
  • Brad Crisler- Hammond B-3 organ (track 8), piano (track 8)
  • Chris DeStefano- bass guitar (track 2), drums (track 2), fiddle (track 2), banjitar (track 2), acoustic guitar (track 2), electric guitar (track 2) mandolin (track 2), background vocals (track 2)
  • Dan Dugmore- acoustic guitar (tracks 7,12), electric guitar (tracks 7,12), pedal steel guitar (tracks 2,3,7,8,11,12)
  • Stuart Duncan- fiddle (track 10)
  • Mike Durham- acoustic guitar (tracks 1,9), electric guitar (tracks 1,4,5,9)
  • Brett Eldredge- lead vocals (all tracks), background vocals (tracks 1,4,5,9)
  • Fred Eltringham- drums (tracks 7,12)
  • Shawn Fichter- drums (tracks 1,4,5,9)
  • Shannon Forrest- drums (tracks 10,11)
  • Paul Franklin- pedal steel guitar (track 10)
  • Byron Gallimore- electric guitar (track 11)
  • Tommy Harden- drums (track 8)
  • Tony Harrell- Hammond B-3 organ (track 10), piano (track 10)
  • Natalie Hemby- background vocals (tracks 6,7,12)
  • Wes Hightower- background vocals (tracks 10,11)
  • Mark Hill- bass guitar (track 3)
  • Charlie Judge- keyboards (tracks 4,5), piano (track 6), synthesizer strings (track 6)
  • Jeff King- electric guitar (track 3)
  • Luke Laird- acoustic guitar (tracks 1,4,5,9), electric guitar (track 4)
  • Troy Lancaster- electric guitar (track 8)
  • Jason Lehning- electric guitar (tracks 7,12), Hammond B-3 organ (tracks 7,12), piano (tracks 7,12), synthesizer (tracks 7,12)
  • Rachel Loy- bass guitar (tracks 1,4,5,9)
  • Tony Lucido- bass guitar (tracks 7,12)
  • Brent Mason- electric guitar (tracks 10,11)
  • Chris McHugh- percussion (track 6)
  • Heather Morgan- background vocals (track 3)
  • Craig Nelson- bass guitar (track 6)
  • Jimmy Nichols- piano (track 11), synthesizer strings (track 11)
  • John Osborne- acoustic guitar (tracks 7,12), electric guitar (tracks 7,12), mandolin (tracks 7,12)
  • Russ Pahl- pedal steel guitar (tracks 1,6,9)
  • Alison Prestwood- bass guitar (track 8)
  • Matt Stanfield- keyboards (tracks 1,9)
  • Bryan Sutton- acoustic guitar (tracks 10,11)
  • Ilya Toshinsky- acoustic guitar (track 5), gut string guitar (track 6)
  • Jason Webb- keyboards (track 3)

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at No.11 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart, with 21,000 copies sold in the U.S. in its debut week.[11] It was the best start by a new male artist on Top Country Albums in nearly a year. The album has sold 183,000 copies in the U.S. as of June 2015.[12]


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US CAN Country
2010 "Raymond" 23
2012 "Don't Ya" 5 1 30 3 51
2013 "Beat of the Music" 6 1 44 2 58
2014 "Mean to Me" 4 1 53 3 65
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


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  2. ^ "Lindsay Nicole Walleman Obituary". Wujek - Calcaterra & Sons. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Dauphin, Chuck (August 1, 2013). "Brett Eldredge Is Finally Ready to 'Bring You Back': Exclusive Video". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Billboard staff (April 9, 2013). "Lindsay Walleman of Warner Music Nashville Dead at 28". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (August 6, 2013). "Bring You Back - Brett Eldredge : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Paxman, Bob (5 August 2012). "Reviews: Brett Eldredge: Bring You Back". Country Weekly 20 (31): 51. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  7. ^ a b c Papadatos, Markos (August 5, 2013). "Review: Brett Eldredge masterful on new album 'Bring You Back'". Digital Journal. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Block, Donna (July 1, 2013). "ALBUM REVIEW: Brett Eldredge "Bring You Back"". Got Country Online. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b McIntosh, Dan (August 5, 2013). "Album Review: Brett Eldredge - Bring You Back". Roughstock. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (August 6, 2013). "Brett Eldredge, ‘Bring You Back’ – Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved August 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ Wade Jessen, Nashville (August 15, 2013). "Brett Eldredge 'Back' On Top Country Albums For First Time". Billboard. 
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