1978 December

1978 December

by Sonia Leigh


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1978 December

Although 1978 December is Atlanta-based country singer/songwriter Sonia Leigh's debut national release (discounting the earlier independent disc Run or Surrender), she is anything but a neophyte, a point she makes on both the first and last tracks of the album. The leadoff song, "Ain't Dead Yet," is a statement of purpose full of country truisms sung by someone who's been around the block a few times; the closing ballad that is the title song makes it clear that the singer was born in December 1978, making her 32 on the album's release date, and that she "came out screaming at the world/Determined to be heard." In between, Leigh examines a familiar subject matter for a country performer, reflecting on hard drivin', hard drinkin', and hard lovin', singing in a throaty alto twang over countrified rock. She is somewhere between a thinking man's Gretchen Wilson and a drinking man's Lucinda Williams, not, perhaps, as honky tonk as Wilson, nor as intellectual as Williams, but merging their approaches into a style that has potential in the country charts. It's no surprise that she's a protégée of Zac Brown, who co-produced the album, which has been released on his Southern Ground Artists label, as well as playing on it, co-writing a couple of songs, and singing a duet on "Roaming." Like Brown, Leigh has genuine roots in both rock and country, and she also brings in a folk sensibility that makes the guest appearance of Indigo Girls' Amy Ray on "Virginia" a good match. That combination also may spread her appeal beyond country fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Southern Ground Arti
UPC: 0816259010222
catalogNumber: 2

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonia Leigh   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Luke Bulla   Fiddle
Amy Ray   Vocals
Oliver Wood   Electric Guitar
Kevin Leahy   Percussion,Steel Drums
Barry Waldrep   Banjo
Clay Cook   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Mellotron,Lap Steel Guitar,Wurlitzer,Guitar (12 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Guitar (Baritone)
Matt Mangano   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Tiffany White   Vocals
Zac Brown   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Josh Day   Percussion
Donald Dunlavey   Electric Guitar
Kristy Lee   Vocals
Tom Giampietro   Percussion
Courtlan Clement   Electric Guitar
John Driskell Hopkins   Vocals
Levi Lowrey   Vocals
Nic Cowan   Vocals
Chris Fryar   Percussion,Drums
Katie Herron   Percussion

Technical Credits

John Kelton   Engineer
Elizabeth Lutz   Public Relations
John Huie   Booking
Sonia Leigh   Composer
Clay Cook   Producer,Engineer
Matt Mangano   Producer,Engineer
Kristina Tanner   Management
Zac Brown   Composer,Producer
Matthew Morgan   Booking
Lee Starnes   Cover Photo
John Driskell Hopkins   Producer,Engineer
Scott Clayton   Booking
Bernie Cahill   Management
Frank Sadler   Engineer
Jennie Smythe   Marketing
Michael Powers   Promoter
Matt Maher   Management
Andra McFarlane   Creative Services Coordinator,Creative Services Director
Rebecca Shapiro   Public Relations
Tyrus Smalley   Creative Services Coordinator,Creative Services Director

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