Little More Livin'

A Little More Livin'

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by Trent Willmon
     
 

All is not lost. You can still get a butane lighter for 99 cents and bait a hook while drinking Shiner. It's still cool to name your dog after a color, and completing a full work week is still a valid excuse to drown and smoke your mind on the weekend. So in spite of whatever may be wrong in your life -- it's all good. Or at least that's what Trent Willmon would have…  See more details below

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All is not lost. You can still get a butane lighter for 99 cents and bait a hook while drinking Shiner. It's still cool to name your dog after a color, and completing a full work week is still a valid excuse to drown and smoke your mind on the weekend. So in spite of whatever may be wrong in your life -- it's all good. Or at least that's what Trent Willmon would have you believe in "Good One Comin' On," the first track on his incredibly good-natured release A Little More Livin'. It wouldn't be a gamble to say Willmon's sophomore album will surely help him rise to an even brighter stardom. It's the ideal album for listening to when everything just, well, sucks. It's lighthearted, often humorous, and clever. Whether Willmon's getting ready for a night of binge drinkin' or losing his wife to his best friend after a night of sadomasochistic endeavors in "Surprise" (only to get his buddy's wife and high-rise apartment in return) -- nothing's bad enough to make him give up. He's got all he needs -- his guitar, his truck, his cooler full of ice, and so on. His songs are ideal for blue-collar weekend warriors. Willmon is a contemporary country artist, and A Little More Livin' is proof of this -- the album has absolutely no rawness about it. It's produced to a tee. Which could be a good thing, depending on how you feel about that level of perfection. But while it might sound a little too over-produced to some country fans, Willmon's songwriting talents, as well as his musicianship, cannot go overlooked. The charm of A Little More Livin' isn't necessarily found in Willmon's voice, or the music (both of which are just fine, by the way), but rather in the album's attitude. It's non-pretentious and embraces life's simple pleasures: fishing, ropin' cattle, playing poker 'til dawn, and being broke as a joke but in love. The preeminent love song on the album is "So Am I," also certain to be one of the most popular singles. It's a sweet, sugary ballad, penned in part by Willmon himself (as were six of the album's 11 songs). With the fiddle in the forefront, Willmon sings, "But she loves the life we're livin'/Barefoot dancin' in the kitchen/While I'm pickin' with one string missin'/But she don't seem to mind." A Little More Livin' might not be a very diverse release, but with the screamin' electric blues solo on "Louisiana Rain," the humorous country-rock number "Surprise," and sentimental love ballads like "Island," it keeps the album from becoming too monotonous. Willmon is one of those success stories of a country boy who had a dream to make it in Nashville -- and actually did, all without having to show up with a lot of money or sell his soul.

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Miami Herald - Howard Cohen
In a field of pretenders, Willmon feels like the real deal.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0828767493824
catalogNumber:
74938

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Trent Willmon   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
David Grissom   Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Tim Lauer   Accordion
Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson   Harmonica
Dennis Wage   Hammond Organ
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Gut String Guitar
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Frank Rogers   Guitar (Baritone)
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano

Technical Credits

Lee Roy Parnell   Composer
Neal Cappellino   overdub engineer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
David Lee Murphy   Composer
Brett James   Composer
Richard Barrow   Engineer,overdub engineer
Brady Barnett   Digital Editing
Marvin Green   Composer
Frank Rogers   Producer
Donna Kaigler   Groomer
Christophe Dubois   Composer
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development
Trent Willmon   Composer
Crystal Hogg   Creative Producer
Tyler Moles   Digital Editing
Dave Turnbull   Composer
Jimmy Melton   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Brandon Kinney   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering

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A Little More Livin' 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This West Texan's second album continues to show the mainstreaming impact of its Nashville production. Willmon's a good (if not particularly unique) vocalist, and his folksy, regular-guy outlook shines through the lyrics, even as the music electric-guitars and thumping drums navigate the centerline of contemporary country. There's fiddle, mandolin and steel, but as is typical of so many modern Nashville records, they're more window dressing than foundation. ¶ Willmon's co-written seven of the album's eleven tracks, including the satisfied slice-of life, "So Am I," the fetching Western Swing, "Sometimes I Miss Ya," the warm camaraderie of "The Ropin' Pen," the powerful, blue "Louisiana Rain," and the cowboy waltz, "Good Horses to Ride." The opener, from the pens of David Lee Murphy, Gary Nicholson and Lee Roy Parnell is a twangy celebration of the weekend's freedom that sets the album's relatable tone. And it's that lyrical tone that provides the album its voice among the largely indistinct contemporary production. [©2006 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]