Personnel: Tracy Lawrence (vocals); Rob Hajacos (various instruments); Mark Casstevens (acoustic & hi-string guitars); Darryl O'Donnell (acoustic guitar); Butch Davis (acoustic slide & electric guitars); Tom Baughman, Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Brent Mason (electric, gut-string & tic-tac guitars); Brent Rowan (electric guitar, mandolin); Bruce C. Bouton (pedal steel); Billy Cochran (fiddle); Dennis Burnside (piano, Hammond B-3 organ) Flip Anderson, Tony Harrell (piano, keyboards); Leon Watson, Dave Pomeroy, Glenn Worf (bass); Lonnie Wilson (drums, percussion); Eric Nelson, Milton Sledge (drums); Terry McMillan (percussion); Liana Manis, Deryl Dodd, Dennis Wilson, John Wesley Ryles (background vocals).
Producers: Don Cook, Flip Anderson, Tracy Lawrence.
Recorded at The Soundshop Studios and The Sony/ATV Tree Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Mark Casstevens (guitar, acoustic guitar); Lonnie Wilson (guitar, drums, percussion); Darryl O'Donnell (acoustic guitar); Butch Davis (electric guitar, slide guitar); Brent Mason (electric guitar, gut-string guitar); Brent Rowan (electric guitar, mandolin); Tom Baughman, Paul Franklin (steel guitar); Billy Cochran , Rob Hajacos (fiddle); Dennis Burnside, Flip Anderson, Tony Harrell (piano, keyboards); Eric Nelson, Milton Sledge (drums); Terry McMillan (percussion); Deryl Dodd, John Wesley Ryles, Liana Manis, Dennis Wilson (background vocals).
This is a fine country record -- no real surprises, just a good balance of that instantly-identifiable, straight-ahead Nashville sound, and some colorful musical touches. Tunes like the catchy "How A Cowgirl Says Goodbye" and the anthemic "One Step Ahead of the Storm" highlight both Lawrence's effective, classic-country baritone, and the fine songwriting of a team headed up by producer Larry Boone. Lawrence really shines on the slower tunes, where he's able to wrap his vocal chords around a strong melody. "In a Moment of Weakness"--a tale of a man who almost falls into romantic temptation, but manages to hold on thanks to a phone call -- showcases Lawrence's ability to grab onto a song and make it his own.
Entertainment Weekly (3/28/97, p.69) - "...On his sixth release...he mixes a fine program of driving, contemporary country with the traditional sound of his Arkansas youth..." - Rating: B+