Big Dreams & High Hopes by Jack Ingram on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

For better or worse, Jack Ingram no longer wears the Texas-rebel colors that earned him a cult following in the ‘90s. These days, he swims in the Nashville mainstream, but does so with intelligence and taste. Big Dreams & High Hopes rocks with assurance and draws upon real experience for its stories of country life and love. In addition to Ingram’s Summer ’09 smash hit “Barefoot and Crazy,” a rollicking ode to Southern outdoor fun, the swaggering “Barbie Doll” (featuring Dierks Bentley, among a slew of other country notables) and the exuberant “Free” are among the upbeat highlights here. Ingram reveals autobiographical hints in “Not Giving Up On Me” (an acoustic-powered lesson in emotional growth) and “In the Corner” (a sober anthem set to an atmospheric track). Even when he covers familiar ground — as in the playfully steamy “Man In Your Life” — he puts his own stamp on the tune. Among the ballads, “Seeing Stars” (a duet with Patty Griffin) stands out for its unassuming tenderness.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For better or worse, Jack Ingram no longer wears the Texas-rebel colors that earned him a cult following in the ‘90s. These days, he swims in the Nashville mainstream, but does so with intelligence and taste. Big Dreams & High Hopes rocks with assurance and draws upon real experience for its stories of country life and love. In addition to Ingram’s Summer ’09 smash hit “Barefoot and Crazy,” a rollicking ode to Southern outdoor fun, the swaggering “Barbie Doll” (featuring Dierks Bentley, among a slew of other country notables) and the exuberant “Free” are among the upbeat highlights here. Ingram reveals autobiographical hints in “Not Giving Up On Me” (an acoustic-powered lesson in emotional growth) and “In the Corner” (a sober anthem set to an atmospheric track). Even when he covers familiar ground — as in the playfully steamy “Man In Your Life” — he puts his own stamp on the tune. Among the ballads, “Seeing Stars” (a duet with Patty Griffin) stands out for its unassuming tenderness.

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About Jack Ingram

Texas-based modern-day honky tonker Jack Ingram first carved out a niche for himself in the bars and roadhouses between Dallas and Houston. By the mid-'90s, after extensive touring with his Beat Up Ford Band, he had released two well-received independent albums and had opened for artists like Merle Haggard and Mark Chesnutt. The end of 1996 brought about a deal with Warner, which reissued his first two indie albums, and in 1997 issued his major-label debut, Livin' or Dyin'. Moving to Sony's Lucky Dog label in 1999, Ingram released his fifth roots rock album, Hey You. Three years later, he hooked up with Lee Ann Womack's producer, Frank Liddell, for Electric. Young Man, a compilation of recordings of many of his earliest songs, and Live at Gruene Hall: Happy Happy both arrived in 2004. Live Wherever You Are, a live recording featuring two studio singles, was released in 2006 and was his first for Big Machine Records, a label operated by record executive Scott Borchetta and fellow country crooner Toby Keith. A second release from Big Machine, This Is It, followed in 2007. Big Dreams & High Hopes appeared in 2009. The album produced two modest hits -- "That's a Man," which preceded the album's release, and "Barefoot and Crazy," which went to ten on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart -- but the record stalled at 21 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Ingram left Big Machine in 2011 and spent the following five years slowly working on the material that became Midnight Motel, the album he released on Rounder in 2016. After its August release, it debuted at 24 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Houston, TX
  • BORN
    1970

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