Chris Lizotte – Free – 1991

This is Chris’s first album. I believe his second album to be one of the best Christian albums of all time and is probably in my top 25. This album we can here Chris warming up for that album. This album has a variety of styles but his vocals are what sell this album for me. He simply is one of the best vocalists in the CCM genre. I was trying to pick a best track for you to listen to if you have limited time and wow was that a tough choice. Musically the best track is “Amy’s Song” but it’s an acoustic track and you need to hear Chris’s vocals so I settled on “Cuts Inside”. Hey who is Shawn Tubbs that plays guitar on this album? His work is fantastic and I see he had an album in 1998 so I’m off to find that one. Crystal Lewis appears on the track “I Pledge My All” and while it’s not my favourite track on the album it definitely deserves a listen as Crystal shines on it. As an aside the engineering and production of the album is fantastic and we have Chris Wimber (The Lifesavors) to thank for that.

1 – All That I Need Is You – 3:58
2 – Cuts Inside – 4:07
3 – I Pledge My All – 4:32
4 – You Won’t Cry Anymore – 5:24
5 – Separation – 3:51
6 – Precious Lord – 4:47
7 – Thick And Thin – 3:50
8 – Someone To Believe In – 4:01
9 – In My Quiet Place – 3:14
10 – Amy’s Song – 3:20
11 – Till I’m Gone – 4:04
12 – The Lord’s Prayer – 4:32

Chris Lizotte – Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Maxi Anderson – Background Vocals
Stephen Anderson – Engineer, Lap Steel
Vicki Bacon Anglin – Background Vocals
Karise Buhler – Background Vocals
Jeff Dykehouse – Mixed
Brian Eichler – Drums
Jamie Eichler – Background Vocals
Audra Freselli – Background Vocals
Bernie Grundman – Mastered
Jeff Harvey – Songwriter, Mandolin, Fiddle
Maria Irey – Background Vocals
Crystal Lewis – Vocals
Paul Martin – Bass
Debbie McClendon – Background Vocals
Linda McCrary – Background Vocals
Larry Meyers – Fiddle
Michael J. Pritzl – Background Vocals
Lonnie Tubbs – Drums, Percussion, Tambourine
Shawn Tubbs – Songwriter, Cello Arranger, Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Carla White – Cello Arranger, Background Vocals
Gary Williams – Background Vocals
Chris Wimber – Producer, Engineer
Randy Wright – B-3, Piano

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Vineyard Music Group
Copyright © – Vineyard Music Group
Distributed By – Frontline Distribution

Chris Lizotte – Chris Lizotte And Soul Motion – 1992

Chris Lizotte was part of the Wild Blue Yonder/Crystal Lewis group of friends in the late 80’s. He did not play with Wild Blue Yonder but did several albums with Crystal Lewis who actually helped with this album cover. This is Chris’s second album and is probably the best Christian Blues album I have heard up to this point. The album has a couple tracks that distinctly remind me of Stevie Ray Vaughn and the closing track actually reminds me of a Guns N’ Roses ballad. Interesting point of trivia is that Chris Wimber (The Lifesavors) produced this album. All in all probably one of the best CCM albums I have ever heard and definitely in my top 50.

1 – You Keep On Givin’ To Me – 3:52
2 – When It Dawned On Me – 4:19
3 – Change My Heart Oh God – 5:26
4 – Brother It’s Alright – 3:58
5 – Don’t Let My Heart Turn Back To Stone – 4:38
6 – Shine Your Light – 4:15
7 – Come Unto Me – 5:43
8 – At The Cross Of Jesus – 4:58
9 – I Cried Like A Baby – 2:45
10 – Tell Me – 4:49

Bass – Paul Martin
Cover [Cover Writing] – Crystal Lewis-Ray
Drums, Percussion – Brian Eichler
Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Raymond McDonald
Engineer [Assistant] – Jeff Dykhouse
Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Chris Lizotte
Mastered By – Steve Hall
Mixed By – Stephen Anderson (tracks: 1, 4)
Organ [Hammond Organ], Piano, Resonator Guitar [Dobro], Accordion, Backing Vocals – Kevin Prosch
Photography, Art Direction – Brian Ray (2)
Producer, Engineer, Mixed By – Chris Wimber
Technician [Guitar Technician] – Shawn Tubbs

Companies, etc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Vineyard Music Group
Copyright (c) – Vineyard Music Group
Recorded At – Vineyard Studios (2)
Mastered At – Future Disc