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Album Review

Shelly Fairchild is young, pretty, and sassy, everything that a mainstream country singer should be in the mid-2000s, at least in marketing terms. If that's all that she was, she'd be the equivalent of the crass Keith Anderson — a good-looking empty space, eager to shill for anybody who looks his way — but Fairchild has a powerful, bluesy voice and a genuine charisma on record that makes her 2005 debut, Ride, a pretty cool little record. She's not immune to a lot of the trends of modern country — in fact, she's not a Shania-styled diva, she's a creature of the post-Gretchen Wilson world, where female singers are encouraged to be a little rowdy, have some twang in both their voice and music. And while she indulges in a little bit of name-dropping associations — just like how Wilson knows the words to every Tanya Tucker song on "Redneck Girl," Fairchild listens to B.B. King, Merle, and "Free Bird" on different tracks — she's far removed from Big & Rich's calculated, gonzo hucksterism. Instead, with the assistance of producers Buddy Cannon and Kenny Greenberg, that mildly wild spirit is channeled into a disciplined Nashville production that's canny enough to keep Fairchild loose and lively, and have the music be just as vigorous. It's well-crafted, built upon a strong set of songs, and it pulls off the nifty trick of being classic Nashville product yet fresh and vibrant, due to Fairchild's consistently engaging performances. The result is a fun, infectious first album that, like Miranda Lambert's similar debut, announces the arrival a potentially major star.

Customer Reviews

Country Star

What a fantastic debut. Sassy and Sweet with good country stories. Shelly shows that she could be up there with McBride, Underwood, Roberts, and Lambert. Try "Ready to Fall", "Ride", and "You Don't Lie Here Anymore". I can't wait to see what she does with her Sophmore Album.

Favorite New Artist

If you Like Country Rock or Southern Rock You'll LOVE this girl!!! she's awsome great on stage and album is amazing.....Nothing like Lambert (thank goodness)..... TRUE SOUTHERN SOULFUL ROCK !!! Just preview and you'll love every song. Men Love her ... and Girls wanna Be her

Shelly Rocks!

I love Shelly's music! She is an awesome singer and writer. I love her song called "Tiny Town". I can't wait for her new album to come out. She's got a new record deal. I love her sound and it's southern blues and country. Go Shelly!

Biography

Born: August 23, 1977

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born and raised in the small town of Clinton, MS, Shelly Fairchild grew up in a musical family where everyone sang. After receiving her first guitar at the age of six, her aspiration to be a country singer was set. Soon she was singing at school music events, community functions, and state fairs, and competing in talent competitions. At Mississippi College she majored in communications and theater while earning a minor in music. She appeared in local stage productions of Always Patsy Cline, Grease,...
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