by Sam Outlaw


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Sam Outlaw's name may possess a swagger but his music simmers. Nowhere is the divide more apparent than on his second album, 2017's Tenderheart. Produced by Outlaw and Martin Pradler, Tenderheart is so gentle it sometimes threatens to drift away on a summer breeze, but it often gets pulled back to earth with a bit of twang or a hint of rhythm. The loudest, liveliest song is "Trouble," the only track here that could be said to actually rock, but Outlaw threads a bit of this spirit into some of his midtempo numbers, such as the excellent "Two Broken Hearts" and the lightly skipping two-step "All My Life." Ultimately, Outlaw isn't about kicking up dust or raising a ruckus. He's a mellow Southern California troubadour, digging the slow pace because he likes to ride behind the beat and soak up the sun. All the deliberate tunes and Outlaw's natural sense of reserve mean Tenderheart can either work as effective mood music -- it'd be good for a lazy morning or afternoon -- or it can be leaned into, whereupon it starts to reveal its secrets. Outlaw does indeed possess a warm heart underneath his kindly veneer, but he also has an eye for telling little details and can favor a wry turn of phrase, attributes that elevate both his love and story-songs. Such strengths are apparent only upon a close listen. Once the sweetly hazy vibe dissipates, the songs reveal their sturdy structures, and they're the reason why Tenderheart rewards repeated listens.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2017
Label: Six Shooter Records
UPC: 0836766000608
catalogNumber: 106
Rank: 82118

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Outlaw   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Harmony
Danny Garcia   Electric Guitar
Martin Pradler   Percussion,Sounds
Brad Lindsay   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jeremy Long   Organ,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bo Koster   Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Taylor Goldsmith   Electric Guitar
Molly Jenson   Harmony
Daniel Rhine   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Darla Hawn   Drums

Technical Credits

Martin Pradler   Producer,Engineer
Christine Peters   Package Layout
Sam Outlaw   Arranger,Composer,Producer

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