No Rules (Rebecca Lynn Howard album)

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No Rules
Studio album by Rebecca Lynn Howard
Released June 17, 2008 (2008-06-17)
Genre Country
Label Saguaro Road
Producer Michael Curtis
Rebecca Lynn Howard chronology
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No Rules is the third studio album released by American country music artist Rebecca Lynn Howard. It is her first full studio album in six years, as she recorded two unreleased albums in the interim: one in 2003 for MCA Nashville, and another in 2005 for Arista Nashville. She also released a non-charting single in 2006 for Show Dog Nashville, a label owned by Toby Keith.

Country music, also known as country and western, and hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.

Rebecca Lynn Howard is an American country music artist. She has charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and has released three studio albums. Her highest-charting single, "Forgive", peaked at No. 12 on the country music charts in 2002. She is a founding member of the country-rock group Loving Mary.

Arista Nashville record label

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No Rules features strong southern soul influences. [1] The album includes covers of Aretha Franklin's 1967 hit "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man", The Temptations' 1975 funk classic "Shakey Ground", and "We're in This Love Together", originally by soul/jazz singer Al Jarreau.

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The album reached #69 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. "Sing 'Cause I Love To" was released as a single but failed to chart.

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Track listing

  1. "Shakey Ground" (Al Boyd, Eddie Hazel, Jeffrey Bowen) – 3:42
  2. "New Twist on an Old Groove" (Michael Curtis, Rebecca Lynn Howard) – 3:48
  3. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (Chips Moman, Dan Penn) – 3:22
  4. "Soul Sisters" (Howard, Will McFarlane, Michael Curtis) – 3:35
  5. "What Dying Feels Like" (Howard, Rachel Thibodeau) – 4:22
  6. "Better Someday" (Howard) – 3:54
  7. "Just Let It Burn" (Howard, Thibodeau, Robin Lee Bruce) – 2:48
  8. "As One as Two Can Be" (Howard, Patrick Jason Matthews) – 4:12
  9. "Sing 'Cause I Love To" (Howard, Radney Foster) – 4:20
  10. "Real Love" (Howard, Curtis, Teddy Gentry) – 4:01
  11. "I'm Over You" (Howard, Thibodeau) – 4:03
  12. "The Life of a Dollar" (Howard, Thibodeau) – 3:20
  13. "We're in This Love Together" (Roger Murrah, Keith Stegall) – 3:17
  14. "Throw It Down" (Kree Harrison, Howard) – 2:51

Chart performance

Chart (2008)Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums69

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