James Otto IEBA 2014 Conference
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Certain artists bring back specific memories. It may be a song, an event or a time in your life. Today's Catch of the Day features an artist, who for me brings back memories of summer in the Arizona desert, a time in my life when I was trying to find myself and a friend who helped me do just that.

James Otto's second album, 2008's Sunset Man (produced by John Rich and Otto's brother-in-law Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts), produced the #1 song of that year, "Just Got Started Loving You." It seemed that you couldn't turn on the radio in 2008 without hearing Otto's first #1 single, or a song he co-wrote, the #2 single of the year, Jamey Johnson's "In Color."

To say 2008 was a good year for this member of the MusikMafia, would be an understatement.

James Otto @ CRS 2015
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But after the success of "Just Got Started..." faded, Otto found trouble getting airplay. Two follow-up singles from Sunset Man, "For You" and "These Are The Good Old Days", failed to crack the top-30. A follow-up album, 2009's Since You Brought Up failed to even release a single. His 2010 album Shake What God Gave Ya featured two singles, neither of which cracked the top-30, though one of the singles, "Soldiers and Jesus" saw immense critical acclaim, but still failed to garner air play. In March of 2011, Otto announced that he and his record company, Warner Bros. Nashville, had parted ways.


Today's Catch is, hopefully, the first release from a new project, though little is known about it at this point, other that it was co-written by Otto, Big Kenny Alpin and John Rich. Your Catch of the Day is James Otto and "Somewhere Tonight", new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.

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