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by Shane Lamb

"...the kind of rock that embraces all the things great about American folk music: love, freedom and the hunger for something else. I highly recommend this album for those who are obsessed with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks, Wilco and Neil Young."
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Free
4:48 $0.99
2. I Would
3:44 $0.99
3. Disengage
4:00 $0.99
4. Someday
3:57 $0.99
5. To Get You Through
3:03 $0.99
6. On My Mind
3:46 $0.99
7. A While
4:48 $0.99
8. Dreams
3:39 $0.99
9. Take Away
4:46 $0.99
10. The Change In Me
2:12 $0.99
11. Dream Tonight
6:19 $0.99
12. Until You
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Album Notes
There is a line in Dylan’s “Trying to Get to Heaven” that states, “…when you think that you’ve lost everything, you find out that you can always lose a little more.” This record started for me in such a place in my own life. But I knew I didn’t want to stay there. I wanted to honor it, to move through it, but not run from it...and not stay there too long.
These songs came out of a period of loss and disillusionment, soul searching, anger, fear, acceptance and the joy of new possibilities. What was a period of no creativity and songwriting, which scared me to death, grew into one of the most creative and focused periods of my life. It seems we have to lose some stuff to make room for new things in our lives.
I was very fortunate to have some great friends around, including Casey Wood. He engineered, mixed and produced this project. Casey also played drums and a bunch of other instruments too. He was very encouraging and excited about the music I was writing; music that was very personal and at times left me feeling unsure about it, and quite vulnerable and raw. People told me how lucky I was to be working with a two time Grammy winner. I felt fortunate to be creating music again, and to be creating it with my friends. We wanted to make an honest and artistic record, without outside pressure or compromises, and that was the vision everyone embraced.
We wanted each song to have its own treatment and sound, but maintain a cohesive thread and scope of a whole record. Musically, artists and records like, Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers,” Echo” and “The Last DJ”; Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush”; the Black Crowes “Amorica”; Bob Dylan’s “ Time Out Of Mind” and “Oh, Mercy”; the Band; Ray LaMontagne; John Lennon, Emmy Lou Harris’ “ Wrecking Ball” and Ryan Adams’ “Cold Roses” and “Heartbreaker” felt right to me during this period.
One of the great things about living in Nashville is the immensely talented people here. I was so thrilled to have Pat Buchanan play guitar, Tim Marks on bass, Jamie Babbit on harmony vocals, Max Abrams on horn duties, Eric Holt on Wurlitzer, Jason Lehning on Juno 60 and Chris Tuttle on Hammond. Larry Hall’s string arrangement on “Dream Tonight” gave the song exactly what I had heard in my head when I wrote it on acoustic guitar; the first song written for this record while sitting on the floor in my apartment south of town with no furniture and an amp case for a table. I needed that place to be empty. I needed that space to write these songs. Living in an apartment; writing, singing and playing music there, often late at night, forced me to be quiet…and I needed that too. I also knew that I didn’t, and couldn’t, stay there long. I didn’t want to get too comfortable in that place; physically or emotionally. I wanted to move on. This record, or cd as the kids call ‘em, is a mile-marker…and another’s coming. Thanks for listening!
I have been very fortunate with my time in Nashville. I toured North America with Lee Roy Parnell (didn't see much...the bus, the venue, the large crowds were fun, then the interstate again. We had a day off in Phoenix in July. 120 degrees. A day off in NYC was fun in the Village and hanging with the Conan guys...but I got food poisoning at an Indian restaurant and spent time in the dirtiest bathroom the city had to offer.) I opened a show in Minneapolis with the Yardbirds. I have played gigs with Trisha Yearwood, Delbert McClinton and numerous other artists and songwriters, Lynnyrd Skynyrd on the 4th down on the river, played guitar on sessions with some of Nashville's finest musicians, met loads of great friends and now, I'm doing my own music. Feels good.



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what's not to like?
This is an album of solid roots rock that is easy to enjoy. A strong suite of songs with highs, lows and inbetweens.. Great band. What's not to like?

Dan MacIntosh

a truly engaging effprt
Much like Petty and his cautious optimism, even in the murky darkness, Lamb is ever looking for the light. With it's overt soul elements, Memphis sounds also come to mind. And Lamb's pop songwriting further makes us think about classic rock inspirations. It's hard not to be encouraged by Lamb's utter determination. When he advises, 'You follow your dreams like tail lights in storm', you realize he's suggesting that dreaming is by no means a passive activity. Instead you need to stay tailgate close to your dreams or they will get away from you and leave you lost. Such perserverence turns 'disengage' into a truly engaging effort

Wanda Scherpf

Awesome album! Shane has such a smooth voice - the kind of music to relax and unwind to after a long day at work!

Michael Ososki

top notch
The production vision on this record is top-notch. The artists vision was accurately perceived, developed, encouraged and captured to best advantage.

Shannnon Ross, Music News Nashville

a true performer
A true performer. Someone who sings and plays how he feels in every part of his music.


WOW! Shane Lamb's debut is truly one of the best alt. country/pop releleases we've heard this year!- KoolKatMuaik

Michael Morgan

this album will not let you down
Shane's influences (Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty) are not worn on his sleeve, but in his heart. Indeed this is where artistry should be sheltered. The alt-rock sounds reminded me of the record 'Tomorrow the Green Grass' by the Jayhawks. 'Free', with it's uplifting melody and rolling lyrics remind me of Neil Young's folk rock a la 'After the Goldrush' but with a contemporaryy sound. It's the haunting beauty and the uneasy directness of the title track 'disengage' that makes this good album a great one. This album embodies the kind of rock that embraces all the things great about American folk music: love, freedom and the hunger for something else. I highly recommend this album for those who are obsessed with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, The Jayhawks, Wilco and Neil Young. This album will not let you down.

Matheson Kamin

interested for the entire length of the record
Lamb's 'disengage' release has a very intimate feel to it. Shane Lamb's ability to write songs of various topics, plus the musical ability of Lamb and the musicians who appeared on the release, give the album that feeling of variety that you seldom get from today's releases. From the opening track 'disengage' keeps the listener interested for the entire length of the record. So when someone like Shane Lamb comes along with his new CD 'disengage', it reminds us all that there are still writers who want to create an album of music and not just put together songs that fill out a certain style.


one quality tune after another
Every year it seems like I come across a singer-songwriter who makes a great "Ryan Adams album". Of course I'm speaking of the Ryan Adams of Gold and Heartbreaker, and this year it's Shane Lamb. Hailing from Nashville (where else?), Lamb mixes pop, classic rock and Americana, and comes through with one quality tune after another. "Free" grabs you right off the bat, with its memorable chorus, horns-and-organ backing, and some fine guitar work from Pat Buchanan, a name which may be familiar to many of you (no, not that Pat Buchanan). "I Would" is the kind of languid, midtempo number that you'd expect on a disc like this, and "To Get You Through" has a Jayhawks-style drive to it. Also don't miss the Springsteenesque "The Change in Me", a 2:10 slice of upbeat roots rock (complete with sax) that falls somewhere between "Working on the Highway" and "Stand on It".

Scott Homewood, the Rock n Roll Report

no way I would want to seperate myself from it
"Songwriting wise, Lamb is a blend between Petty and Dylan-not too sparse, not too wordy but able to make his point amid very heartfelt statements and slice-of-life lyrics bolstered with melodies that stick. As a vocaloist, Lamb has a reedy tenor which serves his tales well. To me, the most surprising aspect of this entire album is the decision to call the album 'disengage.' For me, Lamb's music is so engaging, there is no way I would want to seperate myself from it. The eye for miniscule detail is there. The ability to craft a clever line. The melodic sense and the ability to make each word meaningful are all evident in Lamb's music and bode well for his success in the music business."-Scott Homewood, the Rock n Roll Report.
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