Chase the Sun

Chase the Sun

by Shannon LawsonShannon Lawson


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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 clichés. 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2002
Label: Mca Nashville
UPC: 0008817023328
catalogNumber: 170233
Rank: 149123

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shannon Lawson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
John Jorgenson   Electric Guitar
Andrew Gold   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Ron Block   Banjo
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Pat Flynn   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Horn
Sam Levine   Horn
Gene Miller   Background Vocals
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Steve Nathan   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Denis Solee   Horn
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Chris Thile   Mandolin

Technical Credits

David Campbell   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Greg Droman   Producer,Engineer
Mark Wright   Producer
Buddy Jackson   Art Direction
Todd Gunnerson   Engineer
Michealle Vanderpool   Groomer
Nathan Dantzler   Engineer
Jason Houser   Producer
Mandy Lawson   Paintings

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