Heart Shaped Like Texas

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sammy Sadler is a journeyman country singer who has been recording since the late 1980s, but who suffered a serious career interruption when he was shot on Music Row in Nashville in the company of journalist Kevin Hughes, who was murdered as the result of a chart-fixing scheme. Sadler wasn't implicated in the scandal, but his career was derailed for a while. He reminds listeners of the incident in the closing track of Heart Shaped Like Texas, "Thank God," the one song he co-wrote on the album, and while that might seem exploitative, it's also the only truly personal moment on the disc. Sadler has a warm, sturdy tenor voice, and he convincingly renders these 11 songs, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sammy Sadler is a journeyman country singer who has been recording since the late 1980s, but who suffered a serious career interruption when he was shot on Music Row in Nashville in the company of journalist Kevin Hughes, who was murdered as the result of a chart-fixing scheme. Sadler wasn't implicated in the scandal, but his career was derailed for a while. He reminds listeners of the incident in the closing track of Heart Shaped Like Texas, "Thank God," the one song he co-wrote on the album, and while that might seem exploitative, it's also the only truly personal moment on the disc. Sadler has a warm, sturdy tenor voice, and he convincingly renders these 11 songs, which come from the pens of 22 writers. The material spans familiar country styles: "I Wanna Be Loved by You" is country pop; "Heart Shaped Like Texas" is honky tonk/Western swing; "Thinking About Mexico" is Tex-Mex, etc. There is also a strain of Christian religion that runs through the album, notably on "John 3:16." It's all perfectly adequate contemporary country music, but also unremarkable. Even when Sadler gets hold of a song by A-list songwriters Bill Anderson and Steve Wariner, "I'll Always Have Denver" (and ropes Wariner into singing harmony), it's not really top-drawer material, as the derivative title suggests. Sadler needs better songs and a more distinctive persona if he's ever going to be a country star.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923477327
  • Catalog Number: 4773
  • Sales rank: 343,418

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sammy Sadler Primary Artist
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Hoot Hester Fiddle
David Hungate Bass
Michael Severs Electric Guitar
Pat Severs Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar
Tim Crouch Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin
Bart Busch Background Vocals
Monty Allen Background Vocals
Mark Beckett Drums
Mike Kennedy Percussion, Drums
Jason Garner Keyboards
Robby Springfield Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Doug Deforest Bass, Background Vocals
Steven Forrest Bass
Rusty Van Sickle Background Vocals
T.J. Clay Harmonica
Amber White Background Vocals
Steven Forrest Bass
R.P. Harrell Piano, Hammond B3
Mike Severs Electric Guitar
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Anderson Composer
Steve Wariner Composer
Kevin Fisher Composer
Gregory Cole Remixing
Jerry Cupit Composer, Producer
Ted Hewitt Composer
Roger Murrah Composer
John Nicholson Engineer
Jeff Silbar Composer
Harry Stinson Composer
Ron Treat Engineer
Tommy Lee James Composer
Sammy Sadler Composer, Producer
Bart Busch Engineer
Kim Tribble Composer
Billy Lawson Composer
Shane Teeters Composer
Jimmy Carr Composer
Jerry Kilgore Composer
Jon Raney Engineer
Chet Hinesley Producer
Brad Apple Mastering
Keith Follesé Composer
Tony Ramey Composer
Bernie Nelson Composer
Melissa Webb Artwork
Doug Deforest Composer, Producer
Bart Butler Composer
Tom Paden Composer
Jimmy Carr Composer
Wade Kirby Composer
Shane Teeters Composer
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