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John Michael Montgomery

"I've got a one track mind," confesses John Michael Montgomery. "I can't be doing too many things at one time. If I'm on the road touring, I'm totally focused on that. So it's hard enough to pay attention to things going on in my life, much less thinking about going into a studio to record between dates on the road." That declaration explains why he took most of 1996 off to concentrate on making his fourth album What I Do The Best, an album he vowed would not be done one hectic session at a time between touring dates and a producer's heavy schedule. The decision was more about John Michael being out of his comfort zone at those times, than a complaint about the results from his last two albums with producer Scott Hendricks that contained mega hits like "Be My Baby Tonight", "I Swear", "Sold" and "I Can Love You Like That". "After Kickin' It Up and the last one (self titled John Michael Montgomery), I probably would have continued working with him if he hadn't gotten that job (President/CEO of Capitol Nashville). I got along great with Scott. Usually when something ain't broke I don't try to fix it. That wasn't broke," he confirms. But, for the new album, John Michael had one requirement for whoever produced it; a block of time committed to him and his music exclusively, like the one he got from new producer, Csaba Petocz (an Australian expatriate who moved to Nashville via Los Angeles in '92 to become a rising star on the Music City studio scene). "I didn't want to interview every top producer in town and then try to work around their schedules again," John Michael explains. "I wanted somebody who was completely free to commit to my project a hundred percent, and Csaba was willing to do that." Going in with a new producer really got John Michael's creative juices going, "I already felt a new fire for this album and when I saw the fire in Csaba's eyes when we got started, I knew this was going to work," John Michael affirms. Confirmation that it worked lies in the tracks of an album that is not only a nod back to his rawer, rootsy debut album Life's A Dance, but also clearly demonstrates John Michael's evolution as a unique vocal stylist. The album is as country as John Michael himself with traditional jewels like his self-penned "A Few Cents Short" (a song John Michael claims sold-Atlantic records on signing him back in '91), plus the honky tonk ballad "What I Do The Best" and the tongue-in-check, redneck anthem, "Paint The Town Redneck." Also, the King of Country Power Ballads reigns on thanks to the honesty of "Friends," the hope of "I Can Prove You Wrong": and the emotional power of "I Miss You A Little" (a song John Michael co-wrote as a tribute to his late father). The first single "Ain't Got Nothin' On Us" is an easy going, upbeat ode to a happy man that symbolizes John Michael's feelings about his life and career, "I took the time off to enjoy the process of making an album, I wanted to share the experience of having a new baby (Madison Caroline born 8-27-96), and everything has worked out extremely well. I like the place my life is in right now." John Michael Montgomery has come a long way since beginning his career in a family band with his father, mother and brother in the clubs of Central Kentucky. And, because he had such a strong hand in the making of this album, What I Do The Best is permeated with the experience of a lifetime of making music, and crowned by the growth and confidence of an artist who has earned his status as a country Superstar.

My Very Favorite John Michael Song
"I Love The Way You Love Me"
From His "Life's A Dance" CD
(It's Really Tough To Choose,
But, This Has To Be It!)


I like the feel of your name on my lips
And I like the sound of your sweet gentle kiss
The way that your fingers run through my hair
And how your scent lingers even when you're not there.

And I like the way your eyes dance when you laugh
How you enjoy your two hour bath
And how you convinced me to dance in the rain
With everyone watching like we were insane

But I love the way you love me
Strong and wild
Slow and easy
Heart and soul
So completely
I love the way you love me.

I liked it when you played ol' Jerry Lee
And watch you roll your eyes when I'm slightly off key
I like the innocent way you cry
At sappy old movies you've seen hundreds times

But I love the way you love me
Strong and wild
Slow and easy
Heart and soul
So completely
I love the way you love me.

And I could list a million things
I love to like about you
But they all come down to one reason
I could never live without you

But I love the way you love me
Strong and wild
Slow and easy
Heart and soul
So completely
I love the way you love me.

Oh baby, I love the way you love me.





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