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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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Mainstream & Edgy At The Same Time

I've followed Jack since I was drinking beer at Adair's in Dallas 15+ years ago, as a college student and I literally have every single album. This is not your average country singer/songwriter/performer, nor is this your typical album. This record sounds and FEELS different from most everything out there and has the perfect combination of raucous upbeat songs and introspective very personal material. "Barefoot & Crazy" is the quintessential Summer song, akin to Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up The Sun" and is my favorite thing to listen to as I drive the roads of the California's Central Valley. "Free" is part redemption, part celebration; A church hymm of a love song, without getting preachy or even religious. Patty Griffin KILLS IT (!) on "Seeing Stars" a song that is so beautiful words do not do it justice. "In The Corner" is the oddest song on the album, but fits well. It seems to be about being at a crossroads (maybe of one's career or marriage, or life in general). Whatever it is, it has the album's best lyrics. I love the maturation/the journey of Jack Ingram. I've listened and watched as a fan and I feel like I've made the journey with him. He's done some stuff I haven't been fond of, so buying BD&HH was not an automatic "like" for me. But I'm glad I set the alarm early and I'm glad I put the money on the barrel head for it. Jack Ingram went all-in on this one and hit the jackpot. Please go do the same for him...and yourself.

love it!!

another amazing album from my number one favorite musician. i can't pick a favorite song from the album because i love them all.


I love it! It has a true country feel- I especially love That's a Man. It's fun to sing along to. Way to go Mr. Ingram!


Born: 1970 in Houston, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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