Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates
Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates is the eleventh studio album by American country music artist Kenny Chesney. It was released on September 11, 2007 via BNA Records. The CD was leaked on the Internet on September 5, 2007. It produced four singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart between 2007 and 2008, three of which reached number one. The album also includes duets with George Strait and Joe Walsh. This is Kenny's only album where he didn't write or co-write any of the songs.
|Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates|
|Studio album by|
|Released||September 11, 2007|
|Producer||Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney (all tracks)|
Joe Walsh ("Wild Ride" only)
|Kenny Chesney chronology|
|Singles from Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates|
|The A.V. Club||B−|
|The Boston Globe||(favorable)|
|Los Angeles Times|||
|The New York Times||(favorable)|
The album's first two singles are "Never Wanted Nothing More" and "Don't Blink", which were officially released to country radio in June and September 2007. Both singles reached number one the Hot Country Songs charts in late 2007, as did "Better as a Memory" (the fourth and final single) in June 2008. "Shiftwork" is a duet with George Strait. It was released as the album's third single in December 2007. It peaked at number 2 in early 2008. Also included is "Wild Ride", a Joe Walsh duet, which is a cover of a song originally recorded by Dwight Yoakam on his 1993 album This Time.
Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 387,000 copies in first week. The album had the best weekly sales of any country album since the Dixie Chicks' Taking the Long Way in May 2006 As of August 2008, the album has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States. On December 10, 2007, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over a million copies in the United States.
|1.||"Never Wanted Nothing More"||Ronnie Bowman, Chris Stapleton||3:29|
|2.||"Don't Blink"||Casey Beathard, Chris Wallin||4:46|
|3.||"Shiftwork" (duet with George Strait)||Troy Jones||4:29|
|4.||"Just Not Today"||David Lee Murphy||4:05|
|5.||"Wife and Kids"||Jim Collins, Brett James||4:23|
|6.||"Got a Little Crazy"||Craig Monday, Wallin||4:03|
|7.||"Better as a Memory"||Scooter Carusoe, Lady Goodman||4:12|
|8.||"Dancin' for the Groceries"||James, Don Schlitz||5:11|
|9.||"Wild Ride" (featuring Joe Walsh)||Dwight Yoakam||4:20|
|10.||"Scare Me"||Wendell Mobley, Joe Don Rooney, Neil Thrasher||4:14|
|11.||"Demons"||Bill Anderson, Jon Randall||5:31|
As listed in liner notes.
- Wyatt Beard – background vocals
- William F. Bowman – acoustic guitar
- Bekka Bramlett – background vocals
- Mat Britain – steel drums
- Pat Buchanan – electric guitar
- Buddy Cannon – background vocals
- Melonie Cannon – background vocals
- Kenny Chesney – lead vocals
- Jeff Coffin – tenor saxophone
- Eric Darken – percussion
- Dan Dugmore – steel guitar
- Chris Dunn – trombone
- Sonny Garrish – steel guitar, Dobro
- Vince Gill – electric guitar
- Kenny Greenberg – electric guitar
- Rob Hajacos – fiddle
- Tim Hensley – background vocals
- Steve Herman – trumpet
- John Hobbs – piano, keyboards
- Jim Horn – baritone saxophone
- Paul Leim – drums, percussion
- Randy McCormick – Hammond B-3 organ, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, Wurlitzer
- Jonell Mosser – background vocals
- Larry Paxton – bass guitar, upright bass
- Gary Prim – Hammond B-3 organ, piano, keyboards
- Jon Randall – background vocals
- Mickey Raphael – harmonica
- Chris Stapleton – acoustic guitar
- George Strait – duet vocals on "Shiftwork"
- Scott Vestal – banjo
- Joe Walsh – electric guitar and talk box on "Wild Ride"
- Quentin Ware, Jr. – trumpet
- John Willis – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, talk box guitar, gut string guitar
- Andrea Zonn – background vocals
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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- "American album certifications – Kenny Chesney – Just Who I Am". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.