Shake What God Gave Ya

Shake What God Gave Ya

by James Otto


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Shake What God Gave Ya

Aligning himself with the MuzikMafia for his second album, 2008's Sunset Man, was a shrewd move for James Otto as it did help raise his profile, but it had the side effect of suggesting he was a bit of a boogie doofus along the lines of Big & Rich. Perhaps realizing this, and fortified by his behind-the-scenes songwriting success on Jamey Johnson's "In Color," Otto ditches the MuzikMafia on 2010's Shake What God Gave Ya and throws himself into smooth country-soul with the assistance of Paul Worley, producer of the Dixie Chicks' smashes Fly and Home, going so far as to bring in Ronnie Milsap for a duet on the closing "Good Thing's Gone Bad." That Milsap connection is meaningful, as his soulful country-pop of the '70s and early '80s provides a clear template for Otto, no matter what the rocking opener "Are Ya with Me" suggests. That is a bit of a bid for radio play, as is the sentimental calculation of "Soliders & Jesus," but take those out of the equation and Shake What God Gave Ya rolls smooth and easy, locking into a cool relaxed groove early on and never leaving it. Otto gets the feel right but he also writes a batch of enduring songs that sound familiar upon first spin and grow stronger upon repeated plays. Since nobody in modern country is attempting this style, Otto automatically wins some points for attempting something different, but Shake What God Gave Ya is better than a stylistic novelty: it's a fully formed, seductive country-soul record.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/2010
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624975977
catalogNumber: 519615
Rank: 191816

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Otto   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Anderson   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Glen Duncan   Mandolin
David Angell   Violin
Chad Cromwell   Drums
David Davidson   Violin
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Bass
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Paul Worley   Electric Guitar
Doug Kahan   Bass
Russell Terrell   Vocal Harmony
Michael Rojas   Piano,Accordion,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Monisa Angell   Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Shannon Lawson   Vocal Harmony
Tommy Harden   Percussion,Drums
Jim Brown   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond B3
Ilya Toshinsky   Banjo
Kyle Whalum   Bass
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Sasha Ostrovsky   Dobro
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Sari Reist   Cello
Tyler Cain   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Stapleton   Vocal Harmony
Shannon Wickline   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond B3
Alison Pretwood   Bass
Justin Meeks   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Anderson   Composer
John Eddie   Composer
Jim Femino   Composer
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Paul Hart   Engineer
Carl Marsh   Composer,String Arrangements
Terry McBride   Composer
Monty Powell   Composer,Producer
Paul Worley   Producer
Erik Hellerman   Engineer
Clarke Schleicher   Engineer
Gary Nichols   Composer
Debra Wingo   grooming
Carson Chamberlain   Composer
John Napier   Engineer
Arlos Smith   Composer
Chris Wallin   Composer
Brice Long   Composer
James Otto   Composer,Producer
Megan Thompson   grooming
Matt Troja   Engineer
James LeBlanc   Composer
Jon Nicholson   Composer
Andrew Bazinet   Engineer
Marv Green   Composer
Chris Stapleton   Composer
P.J. Fenech   Engineer
Greg Oswald   Management
Trina Showmaker   Engineer
Patrick Jason Mathews   Composer

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