1. Crazy Blonde Behind the Wheel
3. Don’t Let me Love You
4. Give me a Break (Busy, Busy, Busy)
5. Just Go
7. Everything I’m Not
8. A Fool & her Heart
9. The First to Fall
10. When You’re Here
1. Crazy Blonde Behind the Wheeld.pomeranz, j.peterik, s.soles
This song was handed to me by a friend of mine Sherrill Blackman, and I instantly fell in love with it! The energy on this song is perfect for live performance, and of course I couldn’t resist naming the album after it! I found out later that Jim Peterik is responsible for “Eye of the Tiger” and a ton of other hits, and David Pomeranz has had songs cut by the likes of Kenny Rogers, Bette Midler, Freddie Mercury, Missy Elliott, Kenny Loggins, Richie Sambora, and Dennis DeYoung. I’m tellin’ ya, if you knew half the talent that took part in this album, it would knock your socks off!
2. Stubbornn.gordon, w.mack
This song came from Mark Meckel, a friend and song-plugger in Nashville. I had a lot of fun doing this song. I know that relationships aren’t always perfect and “smooth-sailing.” Occasionally both sides get stubborn-headed and you just have to agree to disagree. Sometimes ya just gotta recognize that your differences make you unique and you’re still gonna be in love despite them, and I think this song does a great job of emphasizing that kind of commitment.
Incidentally, Noah Gordon has written songs for Charlie Daniels, Clay Walker, Craig Morgan, and John Michael Montgomery, and Willie Mack wrote “Restless,” a beautiful song cut by the lovely Miss Sara Evans.
3. Don’t Let me Love Youj.lawson
Ah, yes. A country song about misplaced love (if you can imagine)! This was one of those songs that woke me up at 1:30 in the morning and wouldn’t go away. I actually got out of bed and wrote about half of it so I wouldn’t forget it. But a lot of creative things that appear in the wee hours of the morning are usually not so good when daylight hits, so it took me 3 days to motivate myself to look at it again. I was afraid it wouldn’t be as good as I remembered. I was pleasantly surprised.
As this song has developed I’ve really fallen in love with it. I think it might be my favorite track on the album. Rodger Morris’ piano makes me melt every time and Joe Spivey added perfect mandolin and fiddle parts. It made this song so easy to sing.
4. Give me a Break (Busy, Busy, Busy)j.lawson
Someone told me once that I should write a song about being too busy to breathe. I’m still amazed how many people can relate to this song. I have to be careful when I sing it, because I get to dancing so much I run out of breath with the rapid-fire lyrics.
My Hillbilly Rockstars originally developed this song for me. In fact, I think this was the first original song that I presented to them unproduced, and they just ran with it. I think they were a little stunned when the studio musicians “Nashville-ized” it, but the Rockstars have a good sense of humor and they’ve taken it all in stride. My guitarist Tad Freezeland blessed this song with his guitar solo in this recording, so be sure to appreciate it when it comes by.
5. Just Gol.shaffer, w.nance, j.salley
This song made me laugh out loud, so I couldn’t resist adding it to the album (Thanks again to Sherrill Blackman!). You can’t help but tap your feet. And I just love Dow Tomlin’s bass solo, especially after the “Make like a bee” line! Really, who hasn’t wanted to say this stuff to someone at least once.
Jerry Salley wrote “I’m Gonna Take that Mountain” for Reba and just released a bluegrass CD. Wil Nance has written all sorts of hit songs, like “Round About Way” (George Strait) and “Cool to be a Fool” (Joe Nichols). Lisa Shaffer was just signed to Lyric Street and is a very talented singer.
I don’t know where this song came from, but it sure is catchy. (I think I was probably singing in the shower and stumbled onto this one. Not very glamorous, I know.) This song has such a cool classic country feel to it, and Mike Johnson captured it so well in the studio with his Steel Guitar and Dobro. In fact, I mentioned to Mike that the sound of this song reminded me of Gretchen Wilson’s “When I Think About Cheatin’” (a modern, classic country song) and he said, “Oh yeah, I played on that song.” Whoa.
7. Everything I’m Notd.skaggs, m.bornheim
I recorded a version of this song a couple years ago when Mike Jones and I first began working together. Mike, my producer, had a copy of this song laying around his studio (Donnie Skaggs is a good friend of his) and I thought it was catchy. I got so much good feedback from friends about it that my band started doing it at live shows. With good crowd reaction, we decided to go ahead and put it on the CD. Now this song is like an old pair of jeans; I just got so comfortable with it that I couldn’t imagine my first full CD without it. Coincidentally, Donnie Skaggs also plays the rhythm acoustic guitar on this whole CD. He also played a key role the arrangement of all these songs.
8. A Fool & Her Heartl.w.clark, m.rossi
This track is so catchy, and I can’t help but smile and dance when I sing it! I love the twist in it: once a fool, always a fool. I like to think of this song as a diamond in the rough. We were wading through so many songs when we were creating this album and this one just appeared out of nowhere. Sara Evans’ “Coalmine” had just come out on radio and I loved the idea of having a porch-kickin’ country song to break up a more modern country album. I’m really proud that this album shows my appreciation for a wide range of country styles. This song and “Stranger” are a nice contrast to the more pop-ish “Crazy Blonde” and “Don’t Let me Love You.”
9. The First to Fallt.clark, g.middleman, p.bunch
This song has such an interesting rhythm that it’s so easy to get caught up in the emotion of the lyrics. This is another one of those relationship songs that I can’t help but relate to. Any healthy relationship has to involve open communication and compromise. If both people too proud or stubborn-headed for very long, then the relationship will break. Terri Clark co-wrote this song and released it on her “Pain to Kill” album in January 2003. Georgia Middleman has had songs cut by Faith Hill, Mark Chestnutt, Martina McBride, Radney Foster, Joe Nichols, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Tracy Lawrence, and Sherrie Austin. Pat Bunch has had incredible success in country music, writing songs cut by Collin Raye, John Michael Montgomery, Martina McBride (“Safe in the Arms of Love”), and Reba McEntire.
10. When You’re Herej.lawson
A friend of mine, freshly head-over-heels, told me once that she is so busy day after day after day that when she finally has time to spend alone with her man, they both wish time would just stand still. I stuck that idea in my back pocket for a couple months and one day I came up with a melody that I needed lyrics to. Low-and-behold, right in my back pocket, was my answer. The song just wrote itself. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it makes me very happy. I have a weird fascination with singing harmony, and I did most of the backup vocal parts myself on this album. This particular song has a ginormous note at the end that lasts for 2 hours in beautiful three-part harmony. The boys in the band just love singing it with me live.
Executive Producer: Mike Jones
Co-Producer: Jackie Lawson
Tracking Engineer: Billy Sherrill (Music Recorded at Masterfonics – Tracking Room, Nashville)
Vocal Engineer: Mike Jones (Recorded at Grinnin’ Dog Studio, Murray KY)
Mixing Engineer: Billy Sherrill (Mixed at Grinnin’ Dog Studio, Murray KY)
Musicians: Donnie Skaggs (acoustic guitar), Steve Holland (drums), Bill Hullett (electric guitar), Mike Johnson (steel guitar, dobro, slide guitar), Rodger Morris (piano, keyboards), Joe Spivey (fiddle, mandolin), Dow Tomlin (bass guitar), & special appearance by Tad Freezeland (electric guitar) in “Crazy Blonde” and “Give me a Break.”
Background Vocals: Jackie Lawson in all songs except “Crazy Blonde,” “Give me a Break,” & “First to Fall;” Wes Hightower in “Crazy Blonde,” “Give me a Break,” “Don’t let me Love You,” & “First to Fall”
Songs found through Jackie Lawson Music, Sherrill Blackman, Donnie Skaggs, Street Singer Music, Brainchild Music
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