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Chris Janson is a sharp singer/songwriter with an ear for commercial material, gifts that served him in good stead when he was working behind the scenes as a writer. They were also evident on Buy Me a Boat, the 2015 debut album that turned into a hit on the strength of its title song. That record seemed a little diffuse, sacrificing a distinctive personality in favor of demonstrating range. Despite a title promising that Janson wrote a song for everyone, his 2017 sequel, Everybody, fixes that problem by telegraphing strongly and clearly that he's a nice guy next door. Sometimes, Janson pushes this angle too hard, but this is an otherwise effervescent record. Janson celebrates love of the long and short term, delivering the playful come on of "Fix a Drink" with a sly smile, but the very presence of "Bein' a Dad" is evidence he's a family man at heart. While he sings about "Redneck Life" and opens up the album asking "Who's Your Farmer," Janson never sounds particularly rural -- the surfaces of Everybody are entirely too slick, the rockers designed for arenas, not beer joints -- but in 2017, his urbanity isn't necessarily modern. There are hints of drum loops scattered throughout Everybody -- "Little Bit of Both" has a funky swing -- but he's not bothering with the R&B and hip-hop rhythms so in vogue in 2017's country-pop; he's maintaining an artful blend of Brad Paisley's cheer and Dierks Bentley's earnestness, adding just a dash of Luke Bryan's hunky swagger. Maybe portions of Everybody recall all these stars, but Janson stitches together these elements in an amiable, casual fashion that belies the sturdiness of his craft. He delivers these (mostly) sweet songs with a grin and the hooks aren't pushed, they roll easy, and these two qualities turn Everybody into a sunny, appealing album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/22/2017
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624910572
catalogNumber: 563377
Rank: 161126

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Janson   Primary Artist,Harmonica
Jeff Coffin   Saxophone
David Dorn   Synthesizer,Hammond B3
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Gordon Mote   Keyboards,Synthesizer Strings
Russ Pahl   Pedal Steel Guitar
Danny Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Craig Wiseman   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar
Doug Kahan   Bass
Tim Lauer   Keyboards
Jeff Roach   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Roy Agee   Trombone
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Lee Hendricks   Bass
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Ben Phillips   Percussion
Tony Lucido   Bass
Rob McNelley   Electric Guitar
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Paul DiGiovanni   Electric Guitar
Jason Kyle Saetveit   Background Vocals
Joeie Canaday   Bass
Ilya Toshinskiy   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Justin Ostrander   Electric Guitar
Brent Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Background Vocals
Steve Herrmann   Trumpet
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Percussion

Technical Credits

Jeff Balding   Engineer
Scott Hendricks   Producer,Engineer
Craig Wiseman   Composer,Producer
Rhett Akins   Composer
Jeff Roach   Programming
Casey Beathard   Composer
Ben Phillips   Engineer
Buddy Owens   Composer
Jim Cooley   Engineer
Ross Copperman   Composer
Ed Hill   Composer
Paul DiGiovanni   Programming
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Jeremy Stover   Composer
Corey Crowder   Composer
Chris Janson   Composer,Producer
Tom Douglas   Composer
Jason Kyle Saetveit   Engineer
Scooter Carusoe   Composer
Ben Hayslip   Composer
Chris Utley   Engineer
Kelly Roland   Composer
Chris Dubois   Composer,Producer
Justin Ostrander   Engineer
Brent Anderson   Producer
Mitch Oglesby   Composer
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Programming

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