Tommy Shane Steiner sure is good looking, as the cover pictures amply illustrate, and he makes pretty country music -- smooth, clean, tuneful, catchy, polished. He protests that he's a bit of a ruffian on the opening track, "That Just Wouldn't Be Me," and he has a duet with Randy Travis, but his sweet singing is clear indication that he's not made for honky tonks, he's made for breaking hearts. Appropriately, his debut album, Then Came the Night, follows the lead of that voice, offering a collection of 11 radio-ready tunes ripe for crossover. This a mainstream pop album with a little bit of country dressing, and while that will inevitably upset some purists, that's what's good about this record. It's a solid, appealing mainstream pop record, a little bit square perhaps, but endearingly so, since he's a modest, likeable singer. After this, Steiner could go either way -- he could dive into pop and become a male Faith Hill -- or he could try to strengthen his country roots and toughen up a bit. He currently leans toward the former, but the nice thing about this record is that it positions him for both directions.
Performance CreditsTommy Shane Steiner Primary Artist
Randy Travis Track Performer
Eric Darken Percussion
Curtis Wright Background Vocals
Chip Davis Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Vince Gill Background Vocals
David Grissom Electric Guitar
John Hobbs Keyboards
Paul Leim Drums
B. James Lowry Acoustic Guitar
Liana Manis Background Vocals
Brent Mason Electric Guitar
Steve Nathan Keyboards
Michael Rhodes Bass
Lonnie Wilson Drums
Jonathan Yudkin Violin,Cello,Viola
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle,Mandolin
Neil Thrasher Background Vocals
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
John Mabe Background Vocals
Richie McDonald Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Bridgette Wilson Track Performer
Jimmy Ritchey Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Harmonica,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,5-string Banjo,Guitar (Nylon String)
Technical CreditsPaul Davis Composer
Derek Bason Engineering
David Lyndon Huff drum programming
Beth Lee Art Direction
Terri Apanasewicz Groomer
Frank Liddell Producer
J.R. Rodriguez Recording Assistant
Jimmy Ritchey Producer
Scott Kidd Recording Assistant
Walker Barnard Engineering
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This song from what i have read is very important to him and has real meaning. I like songs that means something to the musician who sings it.
I think that Tommy Shane Steiner is reminicent of the country greats. I was sold on him when I heard his song, ''What if she's an angel,'' and could hardly wait to hear his album. Now that I have, I have not been let down. He's true country at its best!
same old tired musicians, same old words said in the same old way...nothin new here folks!
A work of art, music we can all relate to.
Tommy Shane Steiner is one of the best new artists on the country scene. His songs are well written and most are beautiful. ''what if she's an angel'' is a gorgeous song and his voice is angelic and fits right into the concept. This guy is awesome!
Tommy Shane Steiner is one of the best artists that we have heard. His songs have meaning behind them, each song has something special about it. It is one album that you can't get sick of. It is great, a must have. We can't wait for the next album from Tommy Shane Steiner.