Starting Now [RCA]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886974921028
  • Catalog Number: 749210
  • Sales rank: 234,069

Album Credits

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
The 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
Charles Judge String Arrangements, String Conductor
Steve Marcantonio Engineer
Monty Powell Composer, Producer
Chris Rowe Digital Editing
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
Dan Huff Producer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Jason Matthews Composer
Matt Troja Engineer
Troy Verges Composer
Michael Mobley Composer
Chuck Wicks Composer
Judy Forde-Blair Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE THAT CUTIE CHUCK WICKS and LOVE HIS MUSIC!

    I have a cougar crush on Chuck Wicks and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE his music. He has a real soft, feeling voice and I just can't get enough of him. Oh, if I was younger...and he wasn't attached. Sorry!!! Just a nice, sweet fantasy in my head. Anyway, if you like meaningful music listen to Chuck Wicks. You will be very suprised and pleased.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Loved this Album

    This is a great album by a somewhat new artist. Loved him on "Dancing with the Stars" and had never heard of him. Checked out the album on B & N and bought it. Highly recommend it.

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