Sara Smile

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Jimmy Wayne is no fool. While the five-year break between his 2003 debut and 2008's Do You Believe Me Now? was precipitated by one label going out of business and his contract being transferred to another -- given the fickle nature of radio programmers and audiences seeking the next big thing, it was a minor miracle that the title single hit the number one spot on Billboard's country chart. He knew not to tempt fate a second time. Wayne wasted no time; he toured hard to support it, and then jumped right back into the studio to record Sara Smile. The album is named after the Hall & Oates' classic -- they appear on it as well. It's a reverent version -- except for the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Jimmy Wayne is no fool. While the five-year break between his 2003 debut and 2008's Do You Believe Me Now? was precipitated by one label going out of business and his contract being transferred to another -- given the fickle nature of radio programmers and audiences seeking the next big thing, it was a minor miracle that the title single hit the number one spot on Billboard's country chart. He knew not to tempt fate a second time. Wayne wasted no time; he toured hard to support it, and then jumped right back into the studio to record Sara Smile. The album is named after the Hall & Oates' classic -- they appear on it as well. It's a reverent version -- except for the banjo introducing it, and the Nashville production style that includes pedal steel, prominent fiddles, and mandolins. Wayne recorded the song for two reasons: it's the song that got him his first record deal as a singer, and because it has been a live staple since the beginning, his live audience demanded it. Wayne basically apes Hall's lead vocal -- including falsetto -- note for note. The smooth Hall & Oates backing vocal ices the cake. And despite it appearing on a contemporary country record, it is still unmistakably a soul song and Wayne pulls it off in spades. Wayne wrote or co-wrote four of the album's ten tracks. Other notables include the anthemic "Things I Believe," with its bluegrass banjo and cracking snare drum. "Just Knowing You Love Me" also pays its own kind of tribute -- musically anyway -- to the John Mellencamp Lonesome Jubilee album, with its Lisa Germano-esque fiddle in between verses and the structure of the refrains. But it's a killer track with Wayne's great lyrics and the infectious melody that rouses the listener to believe every word from the protagonist's mouth. Another original number, "I'll Never Leave You," is a country ballad with a gentle beatbox rhythm track, but otherwise drenched in acoustic and electric guitars. The melody is instantly memorable; the emotion in Wayne's voice is direct, and rings true as the morning sun. Other than the title cut, it's the best love song on the album. Three full-lengths in, Wayne is transcending his singles artist status and becoming an album-oriented one because of the musical consistency and hardcore emotional intensity of his singing and writing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2009
  • Label: Valory
  • UPC: 843930002979
  • Catalog Number: 3000297
  • Sales rank: 54,207

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Wayne Primary Artist
Daryl Hall Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Dan Dugmore Electric Guitar
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Dann Huff Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Chris McHugh Drums
John Oates Background Vocals
Scott Sanders Steel Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
Lonnie Wilson Drums
Jonathan Yudkin Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin, Violin, Cello, Viola
Jimmy Nichols Keyboards
John Shanks Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac Electric Guitar
Jimmy Wayne Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Mark Hill Bass
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar
Andy Leftwich Fiddle
Tim Marks Bass
Nathan Chapman Acoustic Guitar
Nick Buda Drums
Charlie Judge Percussion, Strings, Keyboards, Loops
Jake Clayton Fiddle
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Don Henry Composer
Daryl Hall Composer
Tony Martin Composer
Derek Bason Engineer
Brett Beavers Composer
Mark Hagen Engineer
Dann Huff Producer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
John Oates Composer
Steve Robson Composer
Jonathan Yudkin Arranger, Composer
Mark Bright Producer
Tom Shapiro Composer
John Shanks Composer
Keith Urban Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
J.R. Rodriguez Engineer
Dave Berg Composer
Jimmy Wayne Composer
Bob Regan Composer
Ron Roark Graphic Design
Hillary Lindsey Composer
Scott Borchetta Executive Producer
Sean McConnell Composer
Whitney Sutton Copy Coordination
Nathan Chapman Producer
Andrea Stolpe Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
Christopher Rowe Digital Editing
Clint Lagerberg Composer
Jimmy Chapin Photo Assistance
Ben Hancock Photo Assistance
Madalyn Hankins Photo Coordination
Mary McCashin Photo Assistance
Mari Thomas Photo Assistance
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jimmy Wayne's best yet. Very listenable musically and meaningful lyrically.

    I love this disc. Just enough country to stay "country" but with lots of other musical influences and genres to make the music a little more complex and interesting. Great upbeat tunes along with some touching emotional ones. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best CD By Jimmy Wayne

    this is Jimmy's third cd and feel it is his best. He worked with some of the same song writers and producers as Keith Urban and Faith Hill. The first song on the cd Things I Believe was written by Keith Urban and it is an upbeat song. Two other upbeat songs on the cd are Just Knowing You Love Me and Theres A Memory and each should be released as singles. The classic Hall & Oates Sara Smile is wonderful and Jimmy adds a soulful touch. The last song on the cd Elephant Ears is a tear jerker it is about a child that is adopted that does not know how to say I Love You. Get this cd and you will throughly enjoy it.

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