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by Justin Roth

Shine combines a new pop sensibility with Justin's singer-songwriter vibe ala John Mayer & David Wilcox, and instrumental guitar ala Michael Hedges & Billy McLaughlin.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shine
4:36 $0.99
2. The Only Life
3:50 $0.99
3. Crush
3:49 $0.99
4. She Dances
4:05 $0.99
5. The Weaver of Avoca
2:37 $0.99
6. Savior
4:57 $0.99
7. On the Fault Line
4:30 $0.99
8. Pull
3:30 $0.99
9. Dead Horse Trampoline
3:06 $0.99
10. Bagshot Row
2:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with the intricate guitar work...beautifully written lyrics."
- San Francisco Art Magazine

Singer/songwriter Justin Roth has released his third solo CD entitled "SHINE." This CD marks his best work to date and showcases his exponential growth as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter.

"SHINE" was produced by John Hermanson (Storyhill, Alva Star), mixed by Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, David Wilcox, Jonatha Brooke, Patty Larkin) and features some of the finest studio musicians around including: internationally renown bassist Enrique Toussaint (Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Paul Anka), drummer Eric Fawcett (N.E.R.D., Spymob), electric guitarist Dirk Freymuth (John Gorka, Alice Peacock) and percussionist Marc Anderson (Steve Tibbets, John Gorka).

"SHINE" delivers 10 acoustic-based songs with multi-layered folk/rock/pop instrumentation and includes two solo acoustic instrumentals, one of which is a previously unreleased composition by fingerstyle guitar virtuoso, Billy McLaughlin. Both instrumentals feature the awe-inspiring "two hands on the fretboard" technique that Roth has become so well known for at his shows. His song "She Dances" was also nominated for 2004 Best Song Award - Just Plain Folks.

"One of the best singer/songwriter/guitarists I've heard in ages...Justin Roth is a flat out talent. Roth rivals a young Willy Porter...His vocal delivery is smooth. His guitar playing is extraordinary." - The Journal Times, Racine, WI



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Touches my soul
When I heard "Shine" on Folk Alley I knew I had to have the CD. It was easy to find and easy to order, and is oh so easy to listen to - over and over again.

Minor 7th Acoustic GuitarMagazine

"The Only Life" is the standout pop track on this disc and has one of the best e
I was skeptical when I heard of the comparison of Justin Roth to Michael Hedges, fearing another instrumental album with virtuosity but no soul or mass appeal. Imagine my surprise when "Shine" came on the speakers, leaving me smiling by the end of the song whilst I drove down the highway. The second track blew me away (maybe it was my good mood but does the WB have a copy of this record? I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this song should be licensed for TV). "The Only Life" is the standout pop track on this disc and has one of the best examples of what most other folk records lack: ARRANGEMENTS! And not just some mandolins in the background, I mean full-on, layered guitar, three-part harmony production. This production style is all over the album but not obtrusive to the point of obscuring any song’s original intent. This all carries over to the "dark side" of this record. The first half of this record featured sweet natured lyrics and major keys but the second half kicks off with morbid "Savior" (and John Hermanson’s eerie theramin) about the execution of a sick horse in winter. This is followed by the minor key but generic "On The Fault Line", topped off by the ebullient yet "gross" offering of "Dead Horse Trampoline" (by Bay Area native Christopher Smith). Trust that the title offers no metaphors. I was also impressed by the two instrumental tracks on the album, "The Weaver of Avoca" (by Billy McLaughlin) and Roth’s own "Bagshot Row." The latter avoids the trap of acoustic New Age music by hybridizing folk with Trilok Gurtu (courtesy of percussionist Marc Anderson and Roth’s double-hand technique). Overall, this is a great record with instrumental command, lyrical substance, and pop sensibility.