|The Great Outdoors
|The Sun Studio Sessions
|The Perfect Life
The Sun Studio Sessions represents the second consecutive live recording in JPL’s career. This record, unlike Live 2001 which was recorded at Douglas Corner Café, is a very intimate hybrid record of live tracks recorded with just a guitar and vocals in a studio setting. James recorded the tracks while standing on the spot where many music legions -such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich and Roy Orbison- got their start, He included a terrific mix of new material and never recorded classics.
Rockin’ Chair is a bluesy kind of song that makes you want to lean back, relax and forget about your problems.
Southern Porches is written so descriptively that when listening to this song it feels like you are looking at an old black and white photo album from James‘ childhood. The vocal delivery on the recording is both delicate and captivating.
Sittin‘, Thinkin‘, and Drinkin’ is about a guy who’s had a pretty hard night and starts giving advice. James won‘t say, but he may have lived this song once or twice.
Hands of a Guitar Man is a crowd favorite. It’s a semi-biographical song about doubt and discovery. The lyrics are true and cross many metaphorical boundaries. The essence is that if you have the desire, you can accomplish anything you put your mind, or hands, to.
Fruit of Your Labor is a truly romantic song about a husband and wife who, after many years of marriage, still know how to express their love for one another.
The Only Thing Missing, is My Son was written about James’ father. It is an extremely personal song that again lets us see a piece of his soul.
Love Can Be Like a Muddy River is an up-tempo love song that will get your toe tapping or make you want to flat out dance. It talks about how love can be exciting at times and trying at others, but you have to stick with it because there are “clear waters” down the line.
Just Can’t Drive Without the Outlaws is an homage to many of Country Music’s greatest voices. This is a feel good song that you can sing to the first time you hear it.
Two of a Kind is a song about two brave souls who weren’t afraid to be different. They spent many years feeling like outcasts, until they meet one day and instantly know that they are meant for each other.
Wild Mustang is James’ signature song. It is about as true to a representation of the man that you’ll find; wild, free, and true to his morals.
No Guarantees is an All-American song about life. It follows a man from birth through adulthood, and echoes the fact that we can make choices, but there are no guarantees.
Brother, I’ll Wait for You was written after the unexpected and pre-mature death of James’ older brother Sean. James was affected by the event profoundly, and had to express his feelings in this moving tribute. Being of Irish decent, James chose to include bagpipes at the end of this song playing Amazing Grace.
Perfect Life is a project that
James had complete artistic control of. With his choice of Nashville pickers,
and the same engineer that poured his talents into works for The Judds, later
Wynona, and Kenny Rodgers recent projects James crafted a body of work that
any Nashville recording artist would be proud to put their name on. The
song selection on this project was extremely thorough. James dug through
his catalog of music pulling out tried and true classics; he sat down and wrote
new material, listened to demos from other writers and wrote with other Nashville
tune-smiths. Ultimately, he selected a variety of songs demonstrating
both range and personality.
The Perfect Life, was the perfect choice for the title cut of this album. A song about small towns and simple people has been the backdrop of many country music songs. Semi-biographical, this song speaks to where James has come from and where he is -- if asked he'd say his life is pretty darn perfect.
Leavin' Louisiana, is a power ballad that shows how a man in love is willing to do anything, even leave the state, to put distance between a failing relationship. Sacrificing his personal feelings the man leaves behind a letter and just one wish...that he'll be missed when he's gone.
Ya Mess With The Bull, is a Texas swing that is sure to get the crowd roaring. Penned with a local writer this satire takes a humorous look at a failed relationship. As the song goes ..."remember my words of wisdom as your leavin'. Ya mess with the bull, ya gonna get the horns!"
Ohio Feels Like Texas Tonight, is a song that was inspired while James was driving through Ohio on the ways to a show. That strip of blacktop seamed to take forever, and at some point James remember thinking, "man Ohio feels like Texas tonight." James carried that line around for a while and although the song has nothing to do with that fateful drive, he crafted the idea into a classic Lynch song.
The Last Honky Tonk, was written by a couple Nashville songwriters C.B. Cater and "Doc" Shapiro. James first heard the song when he was recording Woods 'N Waters. During the mix down the engineer asked if James wanted to hear some recent work that he'd done. The song smoked and when the time came for this project James contacted the writers and asked if he could record it.
The House Of Broken Hearts, has been described as Jimmy Buffet meets Marty Robbins. James felt the song needed a hint of Spanish and trumpets. For this he asked some mexican immigrants that he works with how to say the title in their native tongue. This spicy number is a great tune to close out a terrific album...Adios!!!
Rough Cutwas a project that culminated itself over the year and in 1994 the audience convinced James that they wanted something to take home from the live performances. Inspired and determined to give back to the fans James went to the archives and pulled out some rough recordings dating back to 1986.
Weekend Good Ole Boys, has always been a crowd pleader. This up tempo number tells about the weekend warriors cutting loose and burning off some built up steam -- Country Style.
Cowboys are Good at Goodbyes, is about a young family man chasing his rodeo dreams and struggling with life on the road.
American Smile, is a patriotic anthem about an average taxpaying citizen who in the face of adversity goes through life with a smile.
Bib Overalls, James says that the great things about country music is that you can write about almost anything. Well that's what he's done here with this novelty song about his favorite denim.
Two Ole Lonesome Quarters, was first released as a vinyl 45 in 1986. It is about a man tortured by love lost, and memories.
Don't you Dare, is a ballad about a man's commitment to his wife. Although we are often tested in life, this song bellows that you need not doubt true love.
Runaway Train, is a song about a man with no direction until the right woman catches his eye and stops him in his tracks.
James and the Wind, was originally put to tape with two verses. The song is about how when a man becomes a father he sometimes has to look deep within for the answers to a child's questions. After receiving feed back from performances and fielding questions about what happens to the characters James sat down and wrote a third verse to wrap up this story of reciprocating love.
A Soldier's Farewell, was written and immediately recorded as a dedication for the American soldiers in the Persian Gulf War.
Rough Cut, has an interesting history. When this project was initially discussed James wanted to title the work "Rough Cut," because all of the recordings were demo scale productions. One of the production co-ordinators felt that it cast a negative aura over the album and refused to even consider the title. James went home that evening and did some soul searching. He knew that we were torn over the tenth track and then next morning he arrived at the production meeting with his guitar and the answer to our debate...Rough Cut.