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Editors’ Notes

Put the accent on the first and last words in the title and you’ll grasp the concept behind My Kind Of Country (1984). It took six albums for Reba McEntire to find her own identity amidst the bland Urban Cowboy-isms of late ‘70s/early ‘80s Nashville. Finally asserting control, she returned to her Oklahoma roots and found common cause with the emerging New Traditionalist movement. My Kind Of Country jettisoned fancy string arrangements in favor of stripped-down instrumentation and solid country songcraft. Most importantly, Reba fully unleashed her voice, conveying depths of sorrow and flashes of fire never fully expressed on record before. You can hear the difference in the hits “How Blue” (an outstanding honky-tonk mood piece) and “Somebody Should Leave” (an honest look at divorce co-written by Music Row great Harlan Howard). McEntire dips back into Nashville history for tunes like “He’s Only Everything,” “Before I Met You” and “Don’t You Believe Her,” dressing them up smartly in fiddle and pedal steel guitar. The individual tracks work together to make McEntire a vivid presence, a figure at once tender-hearted and unconquerable. Reba got it right here, and the results launched her into country superstardom at last.

Customer Reviews

my gosh!

Reba had just been such an inspriration to me and many other people her music is just amazing and her show even though it ended was my favorite comedy show there ever was!


I completely agree with you on that one Reba is fantastic!!!


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Born: March 28, 1955 in McAlester, OK

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Reba McEntire was the most successful female recording artist in country music in the 1980s and 1990s, during which time she scored 22 number one hits and released five gold albums, six platinum albums, two double-platinum albums, four triple-platinum albums, a quadruple-platinum album, and a quintuple-platinum album, for certified album sales of 33.5 million over the 20-year period. While she continued to sell records in healthy numbers into the 21st century, she expanded her activities as an actress...
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