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Starting Now [RCA]
     

Starting Now [RCA]

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by Chuck Wicks
 

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It's little wonder that Chuck Wicks was chosen as a member of Fox's short-lived country music reality show Nashville: blessed with hunky but unthreatening good looks, he seems to come from central casting, the ideal Southern heartthrob for the late 2000s. His 2008 debut Starting Now is a collection of pretty, unthreatening music to match his looks,

Overview

It's little wonder that Chuck Wicks was chosen as a member of Fox's short-lived country music reality show Nashville: blessed with hunky but unthreatening good looks, he seems to come from central casting, the ideal Southern heartthrob for the late 2000s. His 2008 debut Starting Now is a collection of pretty, unthreatening music to match his looks, filled with songs that make Rascal Flatts seem like a gang of renegades. Wicks is comfortable with his softer side, whether it's on the power ballad "Stealing Cinderella" or, better still, the breezy, laid-back "When You're Single," a minor soft rock gem worthy of early-'80s Dirt Band. It would have been nice if there was a bit more of this light touch on Starting Now and less of the artificially inflated arena-country that dominates the album, but Wicks is such an easygoing nice guy that he helps make these too-big productions feel a little more human, even if the glossy sound tends to overwhelm the songs. This makes Starting Now an uneven debut, but the best moments -- "Stealing Cinderella," the insistent "She's Gonna Hurt Somebody" (the only real rocker here), the album-closing pair "Mine All Mine" and "Man of the House" which share a relaxed vibe with that quite wonderful "When You're Single" -- suggest that Wicks could have a very nice second album in him if he and his producers decide not to dress him up in such ostentatious sounds. Despite his good looks, such flashy sounds don't fit his style.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2009
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886974921028
catalogNumber:
749210

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Performance Credits

Chuck Wicks   Primary Artist
Mitch Malloy   Background Vocals
Chip Davis   Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar
Charles Judge   Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Synthesizer Strings
Chris McHugh   Drums
Greg Morrow   Drums
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Piano
Russ Pahl   Steel Guitar
Monty Powell   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Eric Silver   Mandolin
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Glenn Worf   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Jason Sellers   Background Vocals
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Mobley   Background Vocals
Justin Levenson   Percussion

Technical Credits

Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
Charles Judge   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Monty Powell   Composer,Producer
George Teren   Composer
Jeff Franzel   Composer
Lori Turk   grooming
Wendell Mobley   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Jason Sellers   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Dave Berg   Composer
Katherine Stratton   Art Direction
Jason Matthews   Composer
Matt Troja   Engineer
Troy Verges   Composer
Michael Mobley   Composer
Chuck Wicks   Composer
Judy Forde-Blair   Liner Notes

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