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Josh Gracin

  • 1. I Want to Live
    2. Wheels
    3. Nothing to Lose
    4. Brass Bed
    5. Peace of Mind
    6. Endless Helpless Hoping
    7. No One to Share the Blame
    8. I Would Look Good With You
    9. Turn It Up
    10. Long One, The
    11. Other Little Soldier, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 165 045

  • Credits
    ProducerMarty Williams
    EngineerMarty Williams

    Personnel: Josh Gracin (vocals); Larry Beaird (acoustic guitar); Jerry McPherson (electric guitar); Dan Dugmore, Paul Franklin (steel guitar, lap steel guitar); Jonathan Yudkin (mandolin, fiddle, viola, cello); Kirk "Jelly Roll" Johnson (harmonica); Tim Akers (accordion, piano, Hammond b-3 organ, keyboards); Glenn Worf, Mike Brignardello (bass guitar); Lonnie Wilson (drums); Eric Darken (percussion); Russell Terrell (background vocals).
    Josh Gracin's timing couldn't have been better. In 2002, a swell of patriotism rose in America, along with a renewed support for the military, as troops were deployed to Afghanistan. The sentiment was particularly profound in the country music community. Meanwhile, the popularity of the TV talent show AMERICAN IDOL had reached a fevered pitch in its second season, with millions of viewers tuning in every Wednesday to savor the competition. When the handsome Gracin, then a Lance Corporal in the Marines, stepped onto the stage with his dulcet country tones, the young singer garnered a groundswell of attention.
    While Gracin wound up placing fourth in that year's contest, his skills earned him a fanbase even after the season faded away, leading to a record deal. Gracin's self-titled debut contains 11 tracks of satisfyingly melodic country in the style of Garth Brooks, George Strait, or Rascal Flatts (who were instrumental in helping Gracin get a contract). The songs are a blend of sweet love tunes ("I Would Look Good with You") and blue-collar inspirational ditties (the rousing opener "I Want to Live"). Gracin closes with the fitting "The Other Little Soldier," a son's ode to a fighting father, which eschews treacle for genuine tenderness.

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