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Chase the Sun

  • 1. This Old Heart
    2. Chase the Sun
    3. Dream Your Way to Me
    4. Goodbye on a Bad Day
    5. Bad Bad Bad
    6. Superstar
    7. Where Would I Go
    8. Who's Your Daddy
    9. Slow Down Sunrise
    10. Are You Happy Now
    11. Let's Get It On
    12. [Untitled Track] - (hidden track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 170233

  • Credits
    ProducerGreg Droman; Jason Houser; Mark Wright
    EngineerGreg Droman; Nathan Dantzler; Todd Gunnerson

    Contains an untitled hidden track following "Let's Get It On".
    Personnel includes: Shannon Lawson (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); David Campbell (arranger, conductor); Pat Flynn (acoustic guitar, bouzouki); B. James Lowry (acoustic guitar); John Jorgenson, Kenny Greenberg, Andrew Gold (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore (steel guitar); Ron Block (banjo); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Chris Thile (mandolin); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Sam Levine, Denis Solee (horns); Steve Nathan (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards); Mike Rojas (keyboards); Mike Rhodes (bass); Shannon Forrest (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Bekka Bramlett, Vicki Hampton, Kim Fleming (background vocals).
    Personnel: Shannon Lawson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Pat Flynn (acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, bouzouki); Kenny Greenberg (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Dan Dugmore (acoustic guitar); Andrew Gold (electric guitar, background vocals); John Jorgenson, J.T. Corenflos (electric guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Ron Block (banjo); Chris Thile (mandolin); Stuart Duncan (fiddle); The Nashville String Machine (strings); Jim Horn, Sam Levine , Denis Solee (horns); Steve Nathan (piano, keyboards); Shannon Forrest (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Gene Miller, Harry Stinson, Vicki Hampton, Bekka Bramlett, Robert Bailey , Kim Fleming, Russell Terrell (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Greg Droman.
    Recording information: Javelina Recording STudio.
    Photographer: Tony Baker.
    Imagine if some mad scientist working for the Nashville office of a major record label created a cross between Marty Stuart and Mark McGrath, and you start to get an idea of what to expect from Shannon Lawson. Lawson shares Stuart's fondness for both traditional country flavors and up-tempo rock & roll, and like McGrath he's a high-attitude bad-boy type with the kind of photogenically unruly hair that's all the rage with marketing departments. Trouble is, judging from Lawson's debut album, Chase the Sun, Lawson falls short of Marty Stuart's chops and good taste; while his guitar and mandolin work are pretty good, his rock influences are strictly by-the-numbers, especially on the high-bombast "Who's Your Daddy" (which the overly polished production from Mark Wright only emphasizes), and his honky tonk and bluegrass gestures are neither strong nor original enough to make more than a surface impact (and no matter what Lawson thinks, his acoustic version of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" is a fun idea, but it sure ain't bluegrass). And while Lawson's pipes are at least as good as Mark McGrath's, he lacks Mr. Sugar Ray's sly humor and easy (if hardly earth-shaking) grasp of musical eclecticism (which, given Lawson's attempted genre-hopping, would help a lot). And as a songwriter, Shannon Lawson suggests he has potential on several tunes here, but never enough to overcome his habit of wandering into clichs. Chase the Sun proves that Shannon Lawson has talent, but also suggests he got his record deal because he's easy to market rather than being better than his competition; maybe if this is a hit, listeners will get to hear a stronger and leaner presentation of his style in the future. ~ Mark Deming

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