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|Born||July 12, 1973|
|Origin||Taylorsville, Kentucky, USA|
|Associated acts||Big & Rich
Lawson was originally signed to MCA Nashville Records, which released his debut album Chase the Sun in 2002. It produced two minor chart singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, including the No. 28-peaking "Goodbye on a Bad Day". Two years later, he was signed to Equity Music Group, a label owned by singer Clint Black. Although Lawson charted two more singles during his tenure on this label, his album for Equity (titled Big Yee-Haw) was not released.
Shannon Lawson was born into a family of amateur musicians, all of whom frequently played sessions at home. He began to play his uncle's guitar at age four, and later got a guitar of his own, on which Lawson's father taught him country songs. Lawson later formed a band in high school; although the band regularly played rock music, he would regularly perform covers of John Anderson as well.
He later moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended college and joined a blues group called Top Hat, in which he played lead guitar and sang. Later, he moved on to playing as a solo acoustic act, eventually joining a bluegrass band named the Galoots. The Galoots recorded two albums independently. Soon, Lawson began writing songs for the band, with his material eventually landing him a deal with a publishing house in Nashville, Tennessee.
Lawson left the Galoots and moved to Nashville, where he was signed to MCA Nashville Records in 2001, with his solo album Chase the Sun being released a year later. The album's producer, Mark Wright (who has also produced for Lee Ann Womack and Gary Allan, among others) allowed Lawson to use experimental instrumentation on this album. For example, one of the album's tracks features mandolinist Chris Thile of Nickel Creek. The mandolin was recorded through an amplifier, giving what Wright described as a "real crunchy sound, very different". Chase the Sun produced two chart singles in "Dream Your Way to Me" and "Goodbye on a Bad Day", which reached No. 45 and No. 28, respectively, on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. He was dropped from MCA after the release of his album, however.
Lawson joined the MuzikMafia in 2004. He briefly signed to Equity Music Group, a label started by country music artist Clint Black. A second album, Big Yee-Haw, was recorded for the label. Although two of its singles charted, the album was not released. Lawson co-wrote former Alabama lead singer Randy Owen's 2008 single "Like I Never Broke Her Heart", James Otto's 2008 single "These Are the Good Ole Days" and Big & Rich's 2014 single "Look at You".
|Title||Album details||Peak chart
|US Country||US Heat|
|Chase the Sun||
|2002||"Goodbye on a Bad Day"||28||Chase the Sun|
|"Dream Your Way to Me"||45|
|2004||"Smokin' Grass"||53||Big Yee-Haw (unreleased)|
|"Just Like a Redneck"||48|
|2002||"Goodbye on a Bad Day"||Morgan Lawley|