Shake What God Gave Ya

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Aligning himself with the MuzikMafia for his second album, 2008's Sunset Man, was a shrewd move for James Otto as it did help raise his profile, but it had the side effect of suggesting he was a bit of a boogie doofus along the lines of Big & Rich. Perhaps realizing this, and fortified by his behind-the-scenes songwriting success on Jamey Johnson's "In Color," Otto ditches the MuzikMafia on 2010's Shake What God Gave Ya and throws himself into smooth country-soul with the assistance of Paul Worley, producer of the Dixie Chicks' smashes Fly and Home, going so far as to bring in Ronnie Milsap for a duet on the closing "Good Thing's Gone Bad." That Milsap ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Aligning himself with the MuzikMafia for his second album, 2008's Sunset Man, was a shrewd move for James Otto as it did help raise his profile, but it had the side effect of suggesting he was a bit of a boogie doofus along the lines of Big & Rich. Perhaps realizing this, and fortified by his behind-the-scenes songwriting success on Jamey Johnson's "In Color," Otto ditches the MuzikMafia on 2010's Shake What God Gave Ya and throws himself into smooth country-soul with the assistance of Paul Worley, producer of the Dixie Chicks' smashes Fly and Home, going so far as to bring in Ronnie Milsap for a duet on the closing "Good Thing's Gone Bad." That Milsap connection is meaningful, as his soulful country-pop of the '70s and early '80s provides a clear template for Otto, no matter what the rocking opener "Are Ya with Me" suggests. That is a bit of a bid for radio play, as is the sentimental calculation of "Soliders & Jesus," but take those out of the equation and Shake What God Gave Ya rolls smooth and easy, locking into a cool relaxed groove early on and never leaving it. Otto gets the feel right but he also writes a batch of enduring songs that sound familiar upon first spin and grow stronger upon repeated plays. Since nobody in modern country is attempting this style, Otto automatically wins some points for attempting something different, but Shake What God Gave Ya is better than a stylistic novelty: it's a fully formed, seductive country-soul record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624975977
  • Catalog Number: 519615
  • Sales rank: 95,378

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Otto Primary Artist, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Al Anderson Electric Guitar, Soloist
Glen Duncan Mandolin
David Angell Violin
Chad Cromwell Drums
David Davidson Violin
Jim Grosjean Viola
Anthony LaMarchina Cello
Michael Rhodes Bass
Pamela Sixfin Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Bass
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Paul Worley Electric Guitar
Doug Kahan Bass
Russell Terrell Vocal Harmony
Michael Rojas Piano, Accordion, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Monisa Angell Viola
Karen Winkelmann Violin
Troy Lancaster Electric Guitar, Soloist
Shannon Lawson Vocal Harmony
Tommy Harden Percussion, Drums
Jim Brown Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond B3
Ilya Toshinsky Banjo
Kyle Whalum Bass
Rob McNelley Electric Guitar, Soloist
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Sasha Ostrovsky Dobro
Steven Sheehan Acoustic Guitar
Sari Reist Cello
Tyler Cain Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chris Stapleton Vocal Harmony
Shannon Wickline Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond B3
Alison Pretwood Bass
Justin Meeks Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Al Anderson Composer
John Eddie Composer
Jim Femino Composer
Ben Fowler Engineer
Paul Hart Engineer
Carl Marsh Composer, String Arrangements
Terry McBride Composer
Monty Powell Composer, Producer
Paul Worley Producer
Erik Hellerman Engineer
Clarke Schleicher Engineer
Gary Nichols Composer
Debra Wingo grooming
Carson Chamberlain Composer
John Napier Engineer
Arlos Smith Composer
Chris Wallin Composer
Brice Long Composer
James Otto Composer, Producer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Megan Thompson grooming
Matt Troja Engineer
James LeBlanc Composer
Jon Nicholson Composer
Andrew Bazinet Engineer
Marv Green Composer
Chris Stapleton Composer
P.J. Fenech Engineer
Greg Oswald Management
Trina Showmaker Engineer
Patrick Jason Mathews Composer
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