Sunset Man

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Hailing from the same Muzik Mafia that launched the careers of Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, James Otto is the latest country crossover figure to make headway on the charts. "Just Got Started Lovin' You" is his bid for the big time; by the singer's own definition, it's a little Conway Twitty, a little Michael McDonald. Sunset Man is produced by Jon Rich and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of all the Big & Rich protégés -- and as of 2008 there are too many to count, with only a capo or consigliere of the MuzikMafia being able to keep track -- James Otto initially seems the closest to Kenny and ...
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Barnes & Noble
Hailing from the same Muzik Mafia that launched the careers of Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, James Otto is the latest country crossover figure to make headway on the charts. "Just Got Started Lovin' You" is his bid for the big time; by the singer's own definition, it's a little Conway Twitty, a little Michael McDonald. Sunset Man is produced by Jon Rich and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Of all the Big & Rich protégés -- and as of 2008 there are too many to count, with only a capo or consigliere of the MuzikMafia being able to keep track -- James Otto initially seems the closest to Kenny and John, as his second album, Sunset Man, kicks off with "Ain't Gonna Stop," the kind of party-pumping anthem that B&R have managed to turn from refreshing raunch to boring BS in just under five years. Otto gamely spits out Big Kenny's mock-macho lyrics -- including the de rigueur referencing to rocking out at an "Ott-to show" -- seemingly happy to be given another shot at the big leagues after having his 2004 debut, Days of Our Lives, sink without a trace, but fortunately for him and the rest of us Sunset Man doesn't dip all that often into MuzikMafia burlesque (toward the end of the album there's "Drink & Dial," a far better and funnier attempt at this blustering boogie). Instead, it quickly settles into a mellow, romantic groove, lingering on love songs. When the tempo does upshift, it's only a modest bump, as when "These Are the Good Ole Days" eases into second gear with its tuneful unhurried nostalgia, which helps give the impression that Otto is a reflective sort, whether he's ruminating on times passed or heartbreak (or on the easy-rolling title track, both). It all adds up to one of the sweeter MuzikMafia-related projects, one that has some genuine warmth and heart, and if it takes a boneheaded Big Kenny shuffle to sell this very endearing record to a wider audience, so be it: James Otto deserves a second chance and a little bit of pandering has never tarnished a good mainstream country album like this anyway.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624990727
  • Catalog Number: 49907
  • Sales rank: 11,414

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Otto Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar
Eric Darken Percussion
Tony Harrell Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Russ Pahl Electric Guitar
Glenn Worf Bass
Jonathan Yudkin Fiddle, Mandolin
Johnny Neel Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Jimmy Taylor Harmonica
Michael Rojas Piano, Hammond Organ
Jay DeMarcus Bass
Craig Young Bass
Troy Lancaster Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Wes Hightower Vocal Harmony
Tom Bukovac Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Shannon Lawson Vocal Harmony
Tommy Harden Drums, Tambourine
Hillary Lindsey Vocal Harmony
John Rich Vocal Harmony
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Jim Femino Composer
Paul Hart Engineer
Charles Judge Programming, String Arrangements
Mills Logan Engineer
Monty Powell Composer
Larry Shell Composer
Chris Stone Engineer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Nikki Sixx Composer
Clarke Schleicher Engineer
Jay DeMarcus Composer, Producer
Roger Riley Composer
Monty Criswell Composer
Big Kenny Composer
Shannon Lawson Composer
James Otto Composer, Producer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Joshua Sage Newman Art Direction, Logo
Bethany Newman Art Direction, Logo
Sean Neff Engineer
John Rich Composer, Producer
Liz Hengber Composer
Cory Mayo Composer
D. Vincent Williams Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sunset Man by James Otto

    Great CD. James has such a sultry voice. The only thing that could have improved this CD was to have a few added songs like "Groovy Summer Song" and "Since You Brought It Up, Why Don't you Bring It Over" included on this CD. These were released as singles, but would have definitely been a great 'add' to this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Powerhouse voice!

    James Otto's CD is the best Cd I have purchased in a very long time, "Can't stop lov'in you" is just a tidbit of this CD! Can't stop listening to it, is my title for this great new music power house!! Thanks James!!

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    Posted December 22, 2008

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