Sawdust

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
On his second nationally distributed album, genuine cattle-punching cowboy Todd Fritsch has upped the level of polish just a bit, and 2007's Sawdust sounds decidedly more radio-ready than his self-titled 2005 release, which earned him some chart action for the song "Small Town Radio." But Fritsch's regular-guy personality shines through the slick spots on Sawdust, and along with his strong, easygoing vocal style, it's his greatest asset. Fritsch sounds right at home singing about pretty girls, broken hearts, honky tonkin', and what he does and doesn't like in country music, and he's clearly having a ball with the Bob Wills-style swing of "Five Mornings Down," the twangy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
On his second nationally distributed album, genuine cattle-punching cowboy Todd Fritsch has upped the level of polish just a bit, and 2007's Sawdust sounds decidedly more radio-ready than his self-titled 2005 release, which earned him some chart action for the song "Small Town Radio." But Fritsch's regular-guy personality shines through the slick spots on Sawdust, and along with his strong, easygoing vocal style, it's his greatest asset. Fritsch sounds right at home singing about pretty girls, broken hearts, honky tonkin', and what he does and doesn't like in country music, and he's clearly having a ball with the Bob Wills-style swing of "Five Mornings Down," the twangy two-step of "All That's Left Is You," and the proud celebration of his roots in "Texas Talking." On the other hand, the rock-oriented "If You Don't Like Country (Time to Leave)" (ironic title, that) doesn't fit him nearly as well (even if he did co-write it), and "The Rock," in which he sings from the point of view of a church, is a conceit that hardly anyone could bring off. But while Sawdust sometimes aims for the arenas, it works best when it generates a small-scale barroom ambience, and thankfully Fritsch and his musicians hit that target most of the time; the arrangements generate a natural honky tonk mood when they're on the beam, and even in its weaker moments Sawdust boasts a good-hearted sincerity that sets it apart from most of the guys with hats on country radio these days.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2007
  • Label: Diamond Music Group
  • UPC: 823043422628
  • Catalog Number: 4226
  • Sales rank: 226,666

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Todd Fritsch Primary Artist
Joe Barnhill Acoustic Guitar
Tim Crouch Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin
Chuck Young Background Vocals
Dennis Wage Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Joe Young Background Vocals
Mike Kennedy Percussion, Drums
Robby Springfield Dobro, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Andrew Frye Piano
Travis Toy Dobro
Doug Deforest Background Vocals
Billy Joe French Background Vocals
Sarah Jo Roark Background Vocals
Alan Huff Accordion
Andy Rees Electric Guitar
R.P. Harrell Keyboards
Joe Bob Barnhill Acoustic Guitar
Amy Driesel Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Eddy Raven Composer
Buddy Brock Composer
Joe Barnhill Composer
Tony Colton Composer
Donny Kees Composer
Frank J. Myers Composer
Billy Yates Composer
Greg Roller Engineer
Willis R. Nance Composer
Bo Riddle Composer
Leland Martin Composer
Traditional Composer
Jon Raney Engineer
Mel Eubanks Engineer
Thom Shepherd Composer
Melissa Webb Artwork
Todd Fritsch Composer
Doug Deforest Composer, Audio Production
Andree Boudreau Composer
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