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Happy Hour: The South River Road Sessions

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Happy Hour: The South River Road Sessions Review

by Gregory Heaney

A follow-up to 2009’s soft rock outing Happy Hour, Happy Hour: The South River Road Sessions finds rapper turned rocker Uncle Kracker trying to put a country spin on a handful of tracks from his last album. The result is a bit of a mixed bag. Some tracks, like “Smile,” are less produced, giving them a more natural feeling without the obviously programmed drums of the originals providing that slick, studio feel. On other parts of the album, the claim of being a country version is a pretty weak one. "Me Again" is a prime example of this, where the song is almost identical except that some pedal steel has been added and the guitars have been slightly turned down, giving it a country façade, but not actually changing the song in any major way. The South River Road Sessions is an EP that will probably appeal to fans of the Kid Rock/Uncle Kracker country-rock revival, but it doesn’t feel country enough to have real crossover appeal to the greater country audience.

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