Monday, December 29, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Tractors

Artist:The Tractors
Song:Baby Likes To Rock It
Album:The Tractors

Though The Tractors recorded three albums for Arista in the mid-90s, I think it's fair to say they're a one album band. Their 1994 debut single Baby Likes To Rock It was their biggest hit and their debut CD The Tractors was certified 2XPlatinum. That was their high point. The Tractors were formed in Tulsa in 1988. All five members are veteran sidemen. Lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter Steve Ripley worked with JJ Cale and Bob Dylan. Guitarist Ron Getman worked with Loudon Wainwright III and Leonard Cohen. Keyboardist Walt Richmond was in Rockin' Jimmy & Brothers of the Night and worked with Bonnie Raitt. Bassist Casey Van Beek was in the 70s band Moccasin. And drummer Jamie Oldaker worked with Eric Clapton for many years. They signed with Arista and The Tractors was released in 1994. Baby Likes To Rock It was the debut single and it reached #11 on the Country Singles chart. The video was Video of the Year at the 1995 CMA awards. Ripley and Richmond wrote and produced the song. The album was certified 2XPlatinum and featured guest appearances by JJ Cale, Jim Keltner, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Russell, James Burton and Ry Cooder. The odd thing was their second CD was the Christmas album Have Yourself A Tractors Christmas. And though The Santa Claus Boogie is a Christmas perennial, it was probably too soon to record a Christmas CD. The Tractors real follow up CD Farmers In A Changing World was released in 1998 and by then I think folks forgot about them. The Tractors split up. You can get The Tractors as a budget CD. Ripley moved back to Tulsa and occasionally reforms The Tractors to record on his label Boy Rocking. He still owns custom guitar manufacturer Ripley Guitars. Here's the video for Baby Likes To Rock It by The Tractors.

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