John Corbett

John Corbett

by John Corbett
     
 

Actor John Corbett is certainly familiar enough -- you know him as Chris, the cool philosopher-DJ on Northern Exposure, or as Aidan, the sensitive artist who was one of Carrie Bradshaw's many loves on Sex and the City, or as the unlikely groom in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. But few may be as acquainted with his musical talents. Set aside theSee more details below

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Actor John Corbett is certainly familiar enough -- you know him as Chris, the cool philosopher-DJ on Northern Exposure, or as Aidan, the sensitive artist who was one of Carrie Bradshaw's many loves on Sex and the City, or as the unlikely groom in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. But few may be as acquainted with his musical talents. Set aside the skepticism: His country-based eponymous debut is a thoroughly agreeable affair, with songs from skilled tunesmiths on the order of Jon Randall and Hal Ketchum and a solid country rock band behind his sandpapery, personable vocals. From fuzzed-out grinders (such as the thundering "Wichita," a powerful tale of the girl who got away) to a thumping, Tim McGraw-like mid-tempo musing on the course of a life, "Good to Go," Corbett inhabits his characters and conveys real emotions as adeptly as he has on the screen. On the heartache side, he delivers an affecting reading of the urgent southern soul-tinged "Back Door to My Heart" and shows a smooth, crooning style on a lovely, honky-tonk-infused love letter to the female of the species, "Judge a Man." An Allmans-inspired twin guitar attack sets the pace on a funky paean to cutting your losses, "Best Move," and the laments of a laid-off workingman who finds inspiration in the songs of the Man in Black inspire Corbett's most measured but deeply felt performance in "Cash," a twangy ballad with a double-edged title. In attitude and approach, Corbett comes from a place that's built to last, striking a pleasing balance between the raw and the polished, impressing as an artist supremely comfortable in his own skin.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As an actor John Corbett is best-known for his roles on Northern Exposure and Sex & The City, two television shows where he played rugged yet sensitive guys -- guys that seemed at home in the outdoors, guys that were definitely guys, but they weren't overly macho; they were strong and supportive. Given that background, it shouldn't come as a great surprise that his eponymous debut album finds him singing rugged yet sensitive country; it's music that you could imagine Aidan singing as he builds furniture for Carrie on Sex & The City. But it's not so much that Corbett is capitalizing on his onscreen persona, it's that his strengths as an actor are his strengths as a musician: he comes across as a thoroughly likeable, normal guy, the kind of man that women fall for, the kind of man other men would have a beer with. Those charms translate as successfully on John Corbett as they do onscreen. Perhaps Corbett doesn't have the most distinctive voice, but it's sincere and has just the right amount of twang, and he sounds comfortable and assured, yet never cocky. It fits the country music that he's singing, which is straight-ahead and tuneful, relaxed and friendly. This surely isn't hardcore country, yet it proudly puts dobros, harmonicas, and twangy Telecasters on display, which all keep John Corbett far away from the realm of pop music, even when it has more than its fair share of hooky, memorable tunes. But what makes this a winning debut is that it feels natural and genuine, as if Corbett isn't attempting to parlay his success as an actor into a music career, he's just simply making the music he wants to make. Of course, that sense of naturalism made him appealing as an actor and it makes him appealing as a singer, especially for those who already are fans. But the best thing that can be said about John Corbett is that this laid-back, rootsy record can be easily enjoyed by country fans who aren't fans of Corbett the actor, or even by listeners who aren't even aware that he is an actor, and that' s a very tricky thing for an actor launching a singing career to pull off.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Aspirion Records
UPC:
0185577000216
catalogNumber:
21

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Corbett   Primary Artist
Jimmy Hall   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Steve Gorman   Drums
George McCorkle   Electric Guitar
Jonell Mosser   Background Vocals
Mike Rojas   Piano,Hammond Organ
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Kenny Vaughn   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Corbett   Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tara Novick   Electric Guitar
Derek Wolfford   Percussion
Sarah Buxton   Background Vocals
D. Scott Miller   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mike Johnson   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Hal Ketchum   Composer
Brian Butler   Composer
Jim Cregan   Composer
Robin LeMesurier   Composer
George McCorkle   Composer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Bryant Simpson   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Dennis Tufano   Composer
Richard Butler   Composer,Engineer
Dan Frizsell   Engineer,Mastering
Jon Randall   Composer
Bill Tyler   Art Direction
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Mark Selby   Composer
Tia Sillers   Composer
Tara Novick   Producer
Roxie Dean   Composer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
D. Scott Miller   Composer
Rodney Clawson   Composer
Dave Turnbull   Composer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Don Poythress   Composer

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