Thrasher Shiver (album)

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Thrasher Shiver
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ReleasedSeptember 9, 1996 (1996-09-09)
Genre Country
Label Asylum
Producer Archie Jordan, Justin Niebank, Neil Thrasher, Kelly Shiver

Thrasher Shiver is the self-titled album by the American country music duo Thrasher Shiver, which was composed of singer-songwriters Neil Thrasher and Kelly Shiver. Their only album, it was issued in 1996 on Asylum Records. Two singles were released from it: "Goin' Goin' Gone" and "Be Honest", which respectively reached #65 and #49 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Thrasher Shiver produced the album along with Justin Niebank, while Archie Jordan also co-produced "Be Honest". "Between the Stones and Jones" was previously recorded by Daron Norwood on his 1995 album Ready, Willing and Able , and "Closer" was later recorded by the Canadian band Jo Hikk on its 2008 debut album Ride . After this album's release, Thrasher and Shiver parted ways, and Thrasher has since become a songwriter for other artists.

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 American folk music and blues.

Thrasher Shiver was an American country music duo composed of Neil Thrasher and Kelly Shiver, both of whom sang lead vocals and played acoustic guitar. In late 1996, the duo released a self-titled album for Asylum Records, and charted two singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. After the duo split up in 1997, Thrasher found work as a songwriter, writing for Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, and others.

Joe Neil Thrasher, Jr. is an American country music singer and songwriter. Between 1995 and 1997, he and Kelly Shiver comprised the duo Thrasher Shiver, which recorded a studio album for Asylum Records in 1996 and charted two singles on the Billboard country charts in early 1997. Although Thrasher Shiver has not been active since 1997, Thrasher has written several singles for other country music artists, such as Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio, and Montgomery Gentry. Thrasher has also received an ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award in 2004.


Critical reception

Giving it three stars out of five, Thom Jurek of Allmusic called it "polished but impassioned country-rock that touches on honky tonk, barroom weepers and modern country barn-burners" but said that the duo "sometimes suffers from trying to[ sic ] hard to avoid Nashville clichés." [1] Chuck Hamilton of Country Standard Time praised the duo's vocal harmonies and called "All the King's Horses" the countriest-sounding cut, but added, "Obviously Thrasher and Shiver have more talent than the run of the mill hunks with hats. Maybe next time, the suits will let them show more of it." [2]

The Latin adverb sic inserted after a quoted word or passage indicates that the quoted matter has been transcribed or translated exactly as found in the source text, complete with any erroneous, archaic, or otherwise nonstandard spelling. It also applies to any surprising assertion, faulty reasoning, or other matter that might be likely interpreted as an error of transcription.

Country Standard Time is a website dedicated to country music and related genres including Americana, bluegrass and rockabilly. It provides news and musical reviews pertaining to the genre. It was established in 1993 by Jeffrey B. Remz as a print magazine, which was first published only in New England but went nationwide in 1995. The magazine has had a website since 1997, and ended its print publication in January 2009.

Track listing

  1. "Goin' Goin' Gone" (Neil Thrasher, Michael Dulaney) - 4:31
  2. "All the King's Horses" (Jess Leary, Jody Alan Sweet) - 3:16
  3. "Closer" (Thrasher, Kim Williams, Kent Blazy) - 3:26
  4. "You and I Belong" (Buddy Mondlock, Reeva Hunter) - 3:45
  5. "She's the Only One" (Mary Jordan, Allyson Taylor) - 4:14
  6. "Run Like the Wind" (Roger Alan Wade, Dennis Knutson) - 3:33
  7. "Tragedy" (Thrasher, Blazy) - 3:41
  8. "Between the Stones and Jones" (Williams, Cyril Rawson, Kim Tribble) - 3:08
  9. "The Rails" (Thrasher, Kelly Shiver, John Greenebaum) - 4:33
  10. "That's My Girl" (Thrasher, Shiver, Blazy) - 3:53
  11. "Be Honest" (Shiver, Archie Jordan) - 3:16


As listed in liner notes. [3]

Thrasher Shiver

Steel-string acoustic guitar

The steel-string acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar that descends from the nylon-strung classical guitar, but is strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. Like the classical guitar, it is often referred to simply as an acoustic guitar.

Additional musicians

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Drum kit collection of drums and other percussion instruments

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Fiddle String instrument

A fiddle is a bowed string musical instrument, most often a violin. It is a colloquial term for the violin, used by players in all genres including classical music. Although violins and fiddles are essentially synonymous, the style of the music played may determine specific construction differences between fiddles and classical violins. For example, fiddles may optionally be set up with a bridge with a flatter arch to reduce the range of bow-arm motion needed for techniques such as the double shuffle, a form of bariolage involving rapid alternation between pairs of adjacent strings. To produce a "brighter" tone, compared to the deeper tones of gut or synthetic core strings, fiddlers often use steel strings. The fiddle is part of many traditional (folk) styles, which are typically aural traditions—taught 'by ear' rather than via written music.

String section on "Be Honest"

Violin bowed string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths

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Viola bowed string instrument

The viola ( vee-OH-lə, alsovy-OH-lə, Italian: [ˈvjɔːla, viˈɔːla]) is a string instrument that is bowed or played with varying techniques. It is slightly larger than a violin and has a lower and deeper sound. Since the 18th century, it has been the middle or alto voice of the violin family, between the violin (which is tuned a perfect fifth above) and the cello (which is tuned an octave below). The strings from low to high are typically tuned to C3, G3, D4, and A4.

Cello Bowed string musical instrument

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  1. Jurek, Thom. "Thrasher Shiver review". Allmusic . Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  2. Hamilton, Chuck. "Thrasher Shiver review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  3. Thrasher Shiver (CD). Thrasher Shiver. Asylum Records. 1996. 61929-2.CS1 maint: others (link)