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Walking All the Way

by Todd Sharp

A gripping, rollicking set of unpretentious roots rock that catches fire early and never lets up.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Right as Rain
3:22 $0.99
2. Walking All the Way to Idaho
5:18 $0.99
3. I Believe in You
6:09 $0.99
4. I Remember
5:55 $0.99
5. Is That What You Need?
4:00 $0.99
6. Right Down to the Minute
4:00 $0.99
7. Widow Maker
6:59 $0.99
8. I Turn to You
3:53 $0.99
9. Till I Get over You
3:37 $0.99
10. On the Way to Heaven
6:44 $0.99
11. Here & Now
6:07 $0.99
12. Mind If I Smoke?
4:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Drums: Lynn Williams, Vince Santoro
Bass: George Hawkins, Michael Rhodes
Keyboards: Kevin McKendree - Hammond B3, Steve Bassett
Guitars: Todd Sharp
Saxophone: Don Wise
Accordion: Steve Conn
Special Guests: Delbert McClinton, Stephen Bruton, Bekka Bramlett, Stan Lynch
Produced by Todd Sharp and Stephen Bruton
Engineered by John Saylor
Mixed by J.R. McNeely

Quite a bit of the performance (including six of the Lead Vocals) are presented here live as it went to tape (yes we used tape!) with everybody playing together. No fixes or pitch correcting gizmos were employed. If you listen carefully you'll hear a few clams & squeaky chairs in there. I hope you will forgive the few imperfections as I thought it would be best to go ahead and let art imitate life. I am proud of this record and I hope you enjoy it. - Todd Sharp

Jef Fazekas,
"In his almost-thirty year career, Todd Sharp has toured and recorded with the likes of Hall & Oates, Christine McVie, Rod Stewart and Delbert McClinton, yet, surprisingly, he's only put out one album on his own, 1986's excellent (if little-heard) WHO AM I. That's changed now with the wide release of 2001's WALKING ALL THE WAY, a CD of masterful blues, country and rock. Forsaking the pop sheen and star trappings of his debut release, WALKING ALL THE WAY presents a man who's much more comfortable in his skin and who knows what he wants....and, more importantly, doesn't want. The disc opens with "Right As Rain," a gentle, down-home finger picker that's just brimming with folksy Byrds and Beatles influences. Next up is "Walking All The Way To Idaho," a swaggering, full-tilt rocker. It's this baby that provides us with the first bit of evidence as to what a masterful, if underappreciated, guitarist Sharp is. "I Believe In You" is a gorgeous song that could be about either one's faith or a lover - or maybe both. This powerful mid-tempo rocker has a nice Stones-meet-Bad Company vibe going on. Next up is one of the disc's key tracks, the gentle "I Remember." An achingly lovely ode to times gone by, the song features some of Sharp's strongest lyrics to date: "It's more than a heartache/It's dearer than a tear/It's bigger than a breadbox/This empty feeling here" and "When a hundred dollars/Was more than I could spend/This is now, baby that was then/I remember, I remember/I remember when." "I Remember" is followed by the romantic "Is That What You Need?" This soft strummer wraps around you like a warm blanket in Winter. It's also a deceptive lead-in for the explosive "Right Down To The Minute," a blistering slice of thought-provoking rock that you KNOW will kick it live! "Widow Maker" is a cautionary backwoods tale that doesn't seem out of place on a rock album, thanks to a large degree, no doubt, to Sharp's skill as a storyteller. "I Turn To You" is another nice finger-picker that is marred only by Bekka Bramlett's less-than-sterling harmony vocals (where's Christine McVie when you need her?!?). "Till I Get Over You" shuffles along, with some tasty harmonica and smart lyrics ("I guess if pain was paint this would be art/And I could try with all my might/And never get your portrait right"). Next up are a pair of faith-based songs, "On The Way To Heaven," which extolls the virtues of living and loving right, and the results of doing just that, and "Here And Now," which features some gorgeous mandolin and a great instrumental jam at the end. WALKING ALL THE WAY wraps it up with "Mind If I Smoke?", a rollicking honky-tonk instrumental. You can just picture this jam taking place in a swampy bayou speak-easy instead of a recording studio in Tennessee! So....pick up WALKING ALL THE WAY and experience Todd Sharp and his journeys, journeys that no doubt made him the man and artist that he is today. Then, and only then, will you be wishing like me that it doesn't take another fifteen years for Sharp to treat us to Chapter Three!"

Review from Hal Horowitz, AllMusic
"His name might not be familiar because Todd Sharp has maintained a low profile even while working with some major artists of the '80s and '90s. He's co-written songs and/or performed with Bob Welch, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Hall & Oates, and most importantly Delbert McClinton. It's the latter's band that backs up Sharp on his first solo release in 16 years. While it's impossible to say that Walking All the Way justifies the wait, the album is a gripping, rollicking set of unpretentious roots rock that catches fire early and never lets up. The specter of '70s Jackson Browne hangs heavy on ballads such as "I Remember," which sounds so much like the folk-rocker -- musically and lyrically -- it could be an outtake from Late for the Sky. There are other well-crafted slow tracks, but Sharp and his band hit a groove most effectively on the swampy rockers that dominate the disc. The seven-minute "Widow Maker" weaves acoustic guitar with a tense bluesy backbeat, sounding like Dire Straits' most incendiary work. "Till I Get Over You" wanders into J.J. Cale territory with a quick shuffle and brushed drums floating on top of Sharp's nimble guitar. It's energized with backing vocals from McClinton and Stephen Bruton. The loping tempo of "Right Down to the Minute" and the stinging guitar of "Walking All the Way to Idaho" push the band into an insistent slow-burn groove further enhanced by Steve Bassett's muscular B3. While there's little unusual about Sharp's sound, his tensile solos, rugged melodies, emotional vocals, and rootsy approach make this a winner. It's an overlooked gem that's worth searching for."

Review from Robert Silverstein, Music Web Express 3000
"Singer-songwriter Todd Sharp proceeds to cover a wide range of pop, country and blues rock territory on his underrated 2001 CD Walking All The Way. The lead off cut on the CD, the excellent “Right As Rain” sounds like a long lost Emmit Rhodes or Paul McCartney outtake from the early ‘70s. Sharp earned his stellar reputation playing guitar for Rod Stewart, Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie. One of those records that really hooks you with a second listen, Walking All The Way features fine backup from drummers Lynn Williams and Vince Santoro along with guest slots from vocalists Delbert McClinton and Bekka Bramlett with the sound spotlight focused right on Sharp’s searing electric guitar and righteous vocals."

"This album, which I bought largely on a hunch, turns out to be superb - first class rock, with a slight folk (stress: folk, not country) edge, excellent guitar and vocals, great supporting musicians, first class compositions. A delight from beginning to end. Really outstanding, a gem."



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