Sunset Man

Sunset Man

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by James Otto
     
 

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 andSee more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624990727
catalogNumber:
49907
Rank:
49534

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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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