Friday, July 8, 2011

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Jacqui Sharkey – A New Dawn (CD Review)

Jacqui Sharkey – A New Dawn (CD Review)

1. This Shirt 2. Sand and Water 3. You Needed Me 4. Restless Heart 5. Midnight Symphony
6. She Can’t Save Him 7. Be My Valentine 8. If I Fell From Grace With You
9. When Halley Came To Jackson 10. I’m Not Lisa 11. Shut Up And Kiss Me 12. When I Dream

Label - 2011 Jacqui Sharkey © Jacqui Sharkey - SMG Media (self release)
UPC - 5060051827129
Time - 43:34
Release Date - 24 March 2011 (Digital)
Lyrics – No

A NEW DAWN is the debut album for singer songwriter Jacqui Sharkey who is based in Bunbeg, a small fishing village in the heart of Gweedore in West Donegal, Ireland. In fact Celtic New Age artist Enya also hails from the same area. Jacqui grew up in Glasgow, Scotland and began her musically career at the age of 17 playing at various venues in the city. In 1990 she moved to Donegal returning to her roots to a place where her family, generations back, resided. For many years she was a keyboard player and lead singer for a band called The Jury’s Out performing a wide range of styles from Pop, Rock, Country rock, Folk and traditional music. She also played a number of leading roles in Musical theatre (See photo 'All That Jazz' from the musical 'Chicago')

This project has been a long time coming and on her website she it says “she hopes this be first of many”. She dedicates the album to her parents, she co-produced it with Seamus McGee and it was recorded in a matter of weeks at SMG Media studios, Gaoth Dobhair in Co. Donegal. On the 12-tracks Sharkey self pens one of the songs and co-writes on another, the remaining 10 are cover versions which include many of my personal favourites in country music and are tracks that have resonated with her other the years. The studio players include a bevy of top musicians who are credited on many albums and have toured with the likes of Daniel O’Donnell, Majella O’Donnell, Dominic Kirwan, Collin Raye, Billie Joe Spears, Hal Ketchum and Kim Richey.
Before mentioning the music the tray inlay, sleeve and CD are beautifully presented with location shots of the Donegal countryside and coastline which appear on Jacqui’s Facebook page (See Pic 1 - Pic 2 - Pic 3)

The gentle and comforting opener ‘This Shirt’ is one of 3 songs from the pen of Mary Chapin Carpenter this being drawn from her 1987 Album STATE OF THE HEART. Jacqui offers heartfelt emotion and shines likes its silver buttons as she captures the storyline in which this article of clothing has a grand old history symbolizing a woman's life and her memories. Founding member of The Greencards and freelance musician Eamon McLoughlin provides a tasteful and aching violin and then a joyful fiddle on Chapin’s ‘When Halley Came To Jackson’ (Live Video) from SHOOTING STRAIGHT IN THE DARK. In the liner notes Jacqui pokes fun at herself confessing when she first became acquainted with the song she wondered who “Halley” was. The song tells the tale of Halley’s Comet and its appearance in the town in 1910 and then the baby sleeping in daddy’s arms witnesses its revisit in the heavenly skies 76-years on. Sharkey uses similar phrasing on MCC’s lively ‘Shut Up And Kiss Me’ as she and the band have fun. Popular Irish drummer Billy Borgoyne was recruited for this one.

Sharkey considers it a privilege to cut Beth Nielsen Chapman’s career song ‘Sand and Water’ which helped the songwriter come to terms with the loss of her husband Ernest in 1994. It’s always dangerous territory covering such a well-known and personal score but Jacqui does it justice, the focus is very much on the song. The vocal is soulful, beautiful and effecting and with subtle changes to the original composition and delicate piano licks (Raymond McLoughlin) the emotions wash gently as waves break on the sunny Donegal shoreline.

Sharkey tackles Randy Goodrum’s unconditional love song ‘You Needed Me’ from 1978, a much-loved track from her childhood days when raiding her parent’s record collection. It was a #1 hit for Anne Murray in America and gave Irish boy band Boyzone a chart topper in the UK in May 1999. Jacqui’s voice has an uncanny resemblance to the aforementioned Canadian songstress and her lower-register is equally delicious. The video which appeared on Showcase TV was my introduction to the Donegal artist.

The mid-tempo sweet love song ‘Restless Heart ‘, was written by her good friend Ian Smith who also lends his services on acoustic guitar, backing and harmony vocals. Hailing originally from Kilmarnock, Scotland he moved to Donegal to become part of its musical community in a country steeped in music. Sharkey co-writes with Smith on ‘Midnight Symphony’, a beautiful tender ballad and a compelling melodic piece. Inspired late at night while a storm lashed the wild coast the narrator has faith that her “Heathcliff” will one day appear and fulfil her dreams as she sings: Someday I know you’d be smiling at me / The way I’m seen you smile a thousand times / Someday I know you’ll be holding me/ Like you’ve been all those nights in my mind.

Jacqui wraps herself around every word on the gorgeous lilting piano ballad ‘She Can’t Save Him’, in which a helpless wife is powerless to deal with her partner’s addition. As the electric guitar chords (Matthew Curran) cry out she acknowledges that fact with the words: And that day she’ll know she hasn’t failed ‘Cause nothing can change until he saves himself. It was first cut by Lisa Brokop on her self titled album in 1995. Its writers Bob Regan and Liz Hengber have written some of Reba McEntire’s finest material and it also appeared on her DUETS album with Trisha Yearwood.

On the soothing ‘Be My Valentine’, which features soft layers of cello, piano, electric guitar and percussion, Jacqui writes of finding that special person and a lifetime friend. The poetic ‘If I Fell From Grace With You’ (written by Lisa Aschmann and Tom Kimmel) has vibes of an old Anglican hymn. With its pleasing arrangement and the classy vocal it makes the heart melt and this wonderful track provides an album highlight. Jacqui met Kimball at the Bluebird Café the songwriter’s mecca in Nashville. A writer whose songs have been recorded by Joe Cocker, John Farnham and in country circles ‘Never Saw Blue Like That’ (Shawn Colvin) and ‘The Blue Train’ (Linda Ronstadt).

Jessi Colters major hit ‘I’m Not Lisa’ from 1975 gets a dusting off and fresh treatment. Tanya Tucker and Elizabeth Cook are just two who also took a shine to this number.

Sandy Mason's torch song ‘When I Dream’ closes out the record and was the debut single released in October 2010 (see video). The best-known versions are by Willie Nelson and most notably Crystal Gayle, when it reached #3 for her on the Billboard charts in 1979. Sharkey’s own take radiates similar warmth on this timeless classic.

So the jury’s out and as a new dawn breaks what’s the verdict? - Those that have enjoyed the music of Anne Murray (now retired) over the years will be drawn to this easy listening country album and feel that the baton has been laid in the palm of Jacqui Sharkey. With songs like ‘Midnight Symphony’ it is hoped that her creative song writing juices will flow resulting in a discography and song catalogue all of her own.


Interview with COREY SMITH

Interview with COREY SMITH

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who's never seen or heard you before.

Corey Smith: I'm a singer/songwriter from a small town in the American south. I've written and produced all my albums and have developed a unique approach to country music that has resonated with a huge amount of fans on a grass roots level.

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?

Corey Smith: Last year was a turning point for me professionally. For the first time, I realized that simply continuing to do things like I'd done them in the past wasn't going to work to further my career. I accepted that reaching more people was going to require that I rethink every aspect of my career and make some tough choices. That is a scary place to be because all of a sudden I became uncertain about my future. However, it led to some really solid choices that I think will pay off later. It resulted in the most challenging and comprehensive album I've made so far (The Broken Record), dramatic improvements to my lives shows by adding a few fantastic players, stepping up my own commitment to performing at my best, and finding an exciting label partner in Average Joe's Entertainment, who promises to expose more people to my music without asking me to change it.

Ch.L.: What's your latest CD and how's it doing?

Corey Smith: My new album is called The Broken Record. It was released on June 22 and debuted at #4 on the iTunes Country chart, #17 on the Billboard Country Chart, and #1 on the Heatseekers Chart. It is by far the most successful release week I've ever had. More importantly, I feel strongly that it is the most compelling record I've made and believe as more people give it a listen, it will start to take on a life of its own. We're excited about the initial numbers but are hoping that it will continue to gain momentum over the next several months.

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?

Corey Smith: The album is about continuity in the face of change. It's about accepting the past, learning from it, applying the knowledge it offers us in our present in order to make our futures better. It's about the tension between pleasing others and pleasing ourselves. It's part reckless and youthful and part mature and responsible. It conveys tension, contains unifying themes and makes an overall statement. The title track, "Broken Record," is the song that ties up many of the loose ends and brings a sense of balance to the album. It is the perfect title track.

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for the your CD?

Corey Smith: Yes. I wrote all the songs myself. Some of them are old songs that I have previously released on earlier albums and rerecorded for this one. Others are brand new. I chose the songs that I felt would best convey the themes mentioned above, telling a story about who I am, where I've been, and where I'm going.

Ch.L.: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

Corey Smith: Songwriting has always been and remains very personal to me. I write for my own well-being, my own therapy. The process is my way of working through problems and resolving tension in my life. Each song on the album accomplishes that in some way. I try not to think about my audience when writing. Instead, I focus on myself. What do I want to say? How do I feel? What sounds moving to me? I don't try to write hits per se. I just write what is relevant to me and hope others find it relevant as well.

Ch.L.: What's the difference between your last CD and the current one?

Corey Smith: On my previous album, Keeping Up with the Joneses, I relied heavily on overdubbing and layering of sounds. I wanted to experiment a lot and create a thick soundscape with lots of color, depth, and texture. That approach required focusing on capturing and manipulating individual parts and putting them in the proper places, a lot of digital manipulation.
Although I am extremely pleased with that album and believe I accomplished all I set out to accomplish with it, I wanted to return to a more simple approach on The Broken Record. I focused much more on capturing power performances from the band and resisted the urge to overdub and layer post-performance. I wanted a more live sounding album that demonstrated the chemistry and talent of my band, which I've been touring with for nearly five years. Sure, we took some advantage of digital technology, editing and overdubbing guitar parts, keys, and harmonies on some tracks, but there was a conscious and concerted effort to "capture the performance" and not get carried away with production.

Ch.L.: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you thing is special about this song that makes people what to hear it?

Corey Smith: The song "Twenty-One" fits perfectly into the album because it addresses the theme of change vs. continuity so completely. It tells a story people can relate to, a story about growing up. It's very much autobiographical and has a strong sense of place, but I think people can see a bit of themselves in my story and be reminded of how alike we all really are.

Ch.L.: What will your next single be?

Corey Smith: I think "Maybe Next Year". It's been described as a slacker anthem, about our failure to follow through on our New Year's resolutions, our failure to commit to long term change.

Ch.L.: What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Corey Smith: It depends on my mood. Sometimes I love playing with my band and allowing them to help interpret the song and add their personal flavors to the parts. Other times, I like to simply record acoustically and capture the rawness of a new song. Still other times, I like to sit behind a keyboard and layer parts myself, paint my own little picture all by myself.

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Corey Smith: 100%. I have written and produced all seven of my albums. It's one of the things that sets me apart from other country artists, who have varying degrees of control and influence in the creative process. I can see with absolute confidence that all of my albums are complete expressions of my inner world. They represent my choices, good or bad, and I stand behind them. I own them. I don't think I'd be happy doing this any other way. It is my art and if I couldn't make it exactly how I want, it wouldn't be worth doing anymore.

Ch.L.: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Corey Smith: I've met a lot of soldiers who have told my they listened to my music while stationed overseas. They've told me it made them feel at home, that it helped them through hard times, that it gave them peace. That is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. That's what it's all about. Music is powerful. It moves us, heals us, lifts us up, and brings us together. I'm blessed to be able to share it.

Ch.L.: Who do you look up musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Corey Smith: That's a tough question because I have so many musical interests. Lately, I've been really into Randy Newman and Paul Simon. I have a deep appreciation for artists like them who paint such complete aural pictures. I can listen to the albums over and over and hear something new every time. I can listen to their work at different points in their careers and hear they evolve. I hope my albums convey that as well and hope to one day be able to make such complete statements as them.

Ch.L.: What do you think about today's Country Music vs. its roots and where do you see it going in the future?

Corey Smith: Country music is more diverse than ever and I think that is a good thing. Sometimes the format becomes so homogenized that everything sounds the same. Every artist is trying to sound like the artist who came before them. Now, we have more leeway to experiment, try new things, find our own unique voices, and push the boundaries of the format. That's exciting.

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Corey Smith: I write because I'm a little messed up I guess. I have a lot of internal conflict and turmoil. I have a restless mind and writing is the most effective way I have found of coping with the struggle within. It keeps me healthy, like exercise for the soul.

Ch.L.: What drives you?

Corey Smith: My goal for the past 7 years has been simple: To be heard by as many people as possible without sacrificing the integrity of my art.

Ch.L.: What's unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?

Corey Smith: I think the thing what sets me apart from other country artists is the fact that I'm a pure singer-songwriter. I don't co-write or cut other peoples' songs. I have a unique approach to the writing process that I developed through my own trial and error and it comes through in a unique sound. I'm not trying to be anyone other than me.

Christian Lamitschka

Mark Newton’s Lyrics for Lyric is Back July 26th

Mark Newton’s Lyrics for Lyric is Back July 26th, Finds a New Home
In Nashville’s Roosters & Adds American Idol, Bo Bice to the Show

Nashville, TNAward winning Mark Newton’s Lyrics for Lyric show is proud to announce launching the July show in a new venue at Roosters TX Style BBQ & Steakhouse, featuring American Idol runner up, Bo Bice.

The Alabama native, Bo Bice, placed second to Carrie Underwood in the fourth season of American Idol. He has recorded three studio albums, including one on RCA Records. In 2005, Bice charted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a rendition of "Inside Your Heaven."

The July 26th Lyrics for Lyric show will be the eighth installment of the on-going concert series presented by Roosters TX Style BBQ & Steakhouse, located at 123 12th Avenue North, Nashville, TN. 37203, hosted by Mark Newton, IBMA Award winning Stylist/ Musician and one of today's most respected interpreters of bluegrass music. Each month is jam packed with Nashville's best established talent in the Country, Bluegrass, Americana and Roots genres to benefit two year old Lyric Alana Frizzell (offset costs incurred while living at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital) whom was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of Leukemia at ten months old. After spending 6 months undergoing harsh chemo treatments at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Lyric is now in what’s called a “partial remission”, which simply means she has responded well to the chosen chemo treatment. She now frequents the Vanderbilt Cancer Clinic on a monthly basis and will do so for the next 3 and ½ years. If she can reach the 5 year mark without a relapse, she will be declared in full remission. Past shows have featured such stars as Jamie Johnson, Marty Raybon, Carl Jackson, Trent Tomlinson, Claire Lynch, Cia Cheryholmes, Missy Raines, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, The Roys, Whitney Duncan, Michael Peterson, Whitney Duncan and Billy Yates. As the show has grown, so has the talent level and sponsorship support from companies such as TKL Cases, D’Addario Strings, Double E Promotions and Paige Capo.

The July 26th show will also feature such great artists as Ken Mellons (The Jukebox Junkie), Dean Miller, Chris Caskey, John Austin McDaniel and Bedhed & Blondy and the Sleepwalkers.

For more information on Lyrics for Lyric, Corey & Lyric Frizzell, Mark Newton, Rooster’s, Alane Anno Photography, Workman’s Comp Productions, TKL Cases, D’Addario Strings or Double E Promotions please visit the following websites; 



Riders In The SkyNASHVILLE, TN - (July 7, 2011) –The Board of Directors of the National Day of the Cowboy (NDOC) has chosen Grammy Award-winning Riders In The Sky as one of eight recipients to receive its “2011 Cowboy Keeper Award”.  Selection for the annual award is based on the significance of contributions to the preservation of pioneer heritage and cowboy culture. The award was conceived in support of the NDOC’s mission to increase awareness for, and celebration of, the annual National Day of the Cowboy resolution.
For 30+ years, and over 6,000 career appearances, Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing Western music.  On August 9th, America’s favorite cowboys are releasing their highly anticipated inspirational album, The Land Beyond The Sun. While remaining true to the integrity of the genre, they have become modern-day icons by branding it with their own legendary wacky humor and Western wit.  As stars of the stage, screen, Grand Ole Opry, Saturday morning TV, National Public Radio, and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, they encourage buckaroos and buckarettes of all ages to live life “The Cowboy Way!”  Billboard magazine's Jim Bessman counts Riders In The Sky as “one of the most historically significant acts in the history of American music." Mission Control recently played their version of "Woody's Roundup," to wake up NASA's own riders in the sky for the Space Shuttle Discovery crew of STS-133!
Past Cowboy Keeper recipients include U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, U.S. Senator Craig Thomas, Cheyenne Frontier Days Committee, Old Cowtown Museum.  The 2011 Cowboy Keeper Awards will be presented throughout the year, including one on July 23, 2011, the Seventh Annual National Day of the Cowboy.

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