James Otto gets groovy
Friday, March 12, 2010
– James Otto released a new single this week, Groovy Little Summer Song,
which will be featured on his forthcoming album, set for release later this year.
The track was co-written by Otto with Al Anderson and Carson Chamberlain, and co-produced by Otto and Grammy Award-winning record producer and session guitarist Paul Worley (Big & Rich, Dixie Chicks).
Otto said the single "got that spring break vibe, a groove and a feel that just says summertime to me. It's a feel-good song that lends itself to partying, and nights on the beach or time out on the lake."
The soulful Otto had a big hit, Just Got Started Lovin' You, on "Sunset Man" in 2008.
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