Thursday, February 21, 2013

Benefit Concert Featuring Top Bluegrass Artists: Tim Stafford, Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler and more

Friday, February 22
LMU & Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Present “God Didn’t Choose Sides” - A Special Musical Event

Benefit Concert Featuring Top Bluegrass Artists: Tim Stafford, Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler and more
 
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum (ALLM) will welcome some of the nation’s top bluegrass artists for a special benefit music event at the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center of the Duke Hall of Citizenship on Friday, February 22.
 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Two ticket options are available. A VIP experience includes a reception at the LMU President’s House before the concert, a copy of the CD, VIP seats at the show and a meet and greet with the musicians after the show. VIP tickets are available for $100. General admission tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased online at http://Alumni.lmunet.edu/concert.  The proceeds from the concert will benefit the ALLM and help fund a documentary on the project that is currently under development.
 
The historic concert will celebrate the February 12 release of Rural Rhythm Records’ “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People” album that coincided with the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The concert and CD features some of today’s top artists including: Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, Carrie Hassler, Brad Gulley, Tim Stafford, Dave Adkins, and the Gap Creek Quartet. Supporting musicians include: Sierra Hull (mandolin), Jason Burleson (banjo), Brandon Godman (fiddle), Phil Leadbetter (dobro), Bryan Turner (bass) and Debbie Gulley (vocals). Mark “Brink” Brinkman will also provide a special songwriter segment.
 
The album, “God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories about Real People,” includes 12 original songs inspired by journals, stories and artifacts from soldiers, civilians and politicians during the Civil War. Also included on the recording is the traditional song “There is a Fountain” performed by the Gap Creek Quartet. It’s a collection of songs that focus on the common men and women who were thrown together into the realities and horrors of war; people who displayed amazing acts of kindness, selflessness, faith, love and brotherhood. All but one track, “Legend of Jennie Wade”, on album were recorded, at least in part, at Steve Gulley’s The Curve Studio in Cumberland Gap, Tenn.
 
Accompanying the music is an extensive 16-page booklet filled with historical notes, photographs and lyrics. LMU and ALLM archivist Michelle Ganz provided historical content supervision and materials from the ALLM collection. Additional assistance was provided by ALLM Program and Tourism Director Carol Campbell and the historical booklet notes were provided by Jamie Lynn Brinkman.
 
Rural Rhythm Records has set up a dedicated site for the album that includes interviews, additional content relating to the history behind the songs, songwriters, performing artists and musicians. Visit RuralRhythm.com for more information.
 
The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is located on the historic campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Housing one of the top five Lincoln and Civil War private collections in the world, the Museum is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information about this and other programs at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, call 423-869-6235.

Date Jason Aldean This Weekend

Jason Aldean
 
JASON ALDEAN KICKS OFF THE FIRST LEG OF
HIS BIGGEST TOUR TO DATE – THE 2013 NIGHT
TRAIN TOUR – THIS WEEKEND
New Cutting Edge Production and More No. One Hits
Amp Up The 25 City Run
 
Nashville, TN – Feb. 21, 2013 – ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean is gearing up for his biggest tour to date, and one of the most anticipated of this year, as 19 buses and trucks and over 100 band and crewmembers roll into Bossier City, LA tonight for the first show of the 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR's sold out run.  Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett are set to open the tour that has already sold over 350,000 tickets for the first dates.
 
“We’ve been down in Tupelo, MS the last week or so getting ready,” said Aldean.  “It's like Christmas with all the new toys we've got on stage…I don’t even understand how my crew makes all this happen night after night, but it’s awesome.  I'm pumped about the new songs we've added to the set, and everything just feels fresh and exciting.  I wasn't sure how we would top the My Kinda Party tour, but I feel pretty certain we've done it."
 
The all-new production includes 1750 square feet of high-resolution video panels and will take more than 130 crewmembers to set up each day.  Fans can expect to hear new songs off his recently released Platinum album NIGHT TRAIN, including brand new single “1994,” “The Only Way I Know,” “Night Train,” and “When She Says Baby."
 
Aldean announced this week that the third single off his PLATINUM album NIGHT TRAIN is the fun dose of nostalgia “1994.”   He will debut “1994” this Tues. on TODAY  (2/26) and on Wed. on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2/27).  While in NYC, he'll also perform at the All for the Hall New York show in the Best Buy Theatre where he will join Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and more in raising money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and at his first-ever show in Madison Square Garden, which sold out a few weeks ago in less than 10 minutes.  
 
The 2013 NIGHT TRAIN tour also includes sold out stadium shows at the University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium (4/13), two shows at Boston’s Fenway Park (7/12 and 7/13) and Chicago’s Wrigley Field (7/20).  For a full list of appearances and more information, visit www.jasonaldean.com

HIGH VALLEY ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR DATES WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN AND ALAN JACKSON

AWARD WINNING CANADIAN COUNTRY TRIO HIGH VALLEY ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR DATES WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN AND ALAN JACKSON 
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Toronto, ON - 2012 JUNO Award nominees High Valley will take the stage with Grammy Award winners Little Big Town across Western Canada, starting March 26 through to April 3, 2013. Following their tour with Little Big Town, High Valley will join multiple award-winning artist Alan Jackson on three east coast dates at the beginning of May. Over the past year, the trio has steadily gained traction in both Canada and the US, recently debuting at the Grand Ole Opry with country music icon Ricky Skaggs and being named one of Billboard's "10 Artists To Watch In 2013."

"We are so pumped to be heading out on tour with Little Big Town," says lead singer, Brad Rempel. "Their harmonies are truly amazing, we can't wait to hear them perform live every night! And now, to add Alan Jackson dates to our schedule is unbelievably exciting."

The band's latest single, "Love You For A Long Time," off their album Love Is A Long Road, is currently
Top 20 at country radio in Canada (Mediabase) and is #32 on the MusicRow Charts in the US.The first single off their latest release, "Have I Told You I Love You Lately," hit Top 10 on the Canadian Country Charts (Mediabase) and the follow up single, "Let It Be Me" was their highest charting single to date, reaching Top 5 on Canadian country radio and #1 on CMT.

Rising stars in the American market, High Valley recently performed at Nashville Lifestyles' 9th annual Music In The City concert and played at the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL pre-game show.  Garnering significant media attention in the US, Entertainment Tonight hosted the online world premiere of their video "Love You For A Long Time," the trio was featured on TheInsider.com and they were named Country Weekly's "Ones To Watch In 2013."

Since the release of their debut self-titled album in 2010, High Valley have earned a JUNO Award nomination, multiple CCMA Award nominations and a 2012 SiriusXM Award for Country Artist of the Year. Last November, the group won big at the Gospel Music Association of Canada's Awards show. They took home three awards including Country/Bluegrass Album of the Year, Country/Bluegrass Song of the Year for "Have I Told You I Love You Lately" and Artist of the Year

High Valley has established themselves as a rising country group throughout North America, touring with international country stars Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Paul Brandt, Emerson Drive, LeAnn Rimes and more. 

"High Valley is one to keep your eyes on and ears tuned in, as a bright future in country music is ahead for them."  - Country Music Rocks 

"Another entry in the 'families do it better' list comes courtesy of High Valley, the sibling trio from remote La Crete, AB. Brothers Brad, Bryan and Curtis Rempel harmonize effortlessly on their U.S. debut single, "Love You For A Long Time," a soaring, up-tempo ode to devotion...The guys have a great track record in their native land." - Country Weekly 

"Male trio harmonies atop a beefy, rocking track. If you're not bopping along by the second chorus, there's something wrong with your rhythm mojo. Loved it, loved it, loved it." - MusicRow

High Valley 2013 Tour Dates:

March 26, 2013                  Pantages Playhouse Theatre (w/ Little Big Town)                   Winnipeg, MB
March 27, 2013                  TCU Place Convention Centre (w/ Little Big Town)                  Saskatoon, SK
March 28, 2013                  Conexus Centre of the Arts (w/ Little Big Town)                      Regina, SK
March 30, 2013                  Winspear Centre (w/ Little Big Town)                                     Edmonton, AB
April 1, 2013                      Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (w/ Little Big Town)         Calgary, AB
April 3, 2013                      Orpheum Theatre (w/ Little Big Town)                                    Vancouver, BC  
May 1, 2013                      Credit Union Place (w/ Alan Jackson)                                     Summerside, PEI
May 2, 2013                      Centre 200 (w/ Alan Jackson)                                                Sydney, NS
May 4, 2013                      Mile One Centre (w/ Alan Jackson)                                        St. Johns, NL
June 30, 2013                    Dauphin Countryfest                                                             Dauphin, MB
July 12, 2013                     Holstein Rodeo                                                                    Holstein, ON
July 13, 2013                     Craven Country Jamboree                                                    Regina, SK
August 1, 2013                   Happy Trails Campground                                                    Grande Prairie, AB
August 4, 2013                   Boots & Hearts Festival                                                       Bowmanville, ON                                   

SIBLING RIVALRY, TEEN COUNTRY DUO, DEBUTS ON COZI TV REALITY SHOW

SIBLING RIVALRY, TEEN COUNTRY DUO, DEBUTS ON COZI TV REALITY SHOW
Performances and Home Life Featured on "Next Great Family Band"
 
Magnolia, Texas -- Sibling Rivalry, the teen country music duo made up of vocalist Olivia Butaud, 14, and older brother/lead musician, 18-year-old Mitchell Butaud, is pleased to announce their participation and appearance on "Next Great Family Band,"a new musical competition reality show airing on COZI TV. The episode featuring the music of Sibling Rivalry is scheduled to air on Sunday, March 3, 2013.

A 30-minute weekly show produced by Meredith Video Studios,
"Next Great Family Band," premiered February 17 on COZI TV, a network developed by NBCUniversal. The new series features 15 family bands from across the country, each hoping to follow the footsteps of The Jackson 5, The Jonas Brothers, Hanson and iconic family band, The Osmonds.

A country acoustic duo, which formed in July of 2010, Sibling Rivalry has been honing their art for the better part of nine years enhancing their skills on a variety of instruments and following the direction of local music mentors including instrument instruction from Arbor Music; songwriting, production and studio work with Marcus Eldridge; Talent Coach Tom McKinney; songwriter Kyle Hutton; Music Director Nekki Bay; and A&R representative Jake McKim. As the lead singer, Olivia commands the stage with a unique style and plays guitar and piano; Mitchell brings out the full sound by providing harmony vocals and playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin and piano, the latter two of which he is self-taught. Sibling Rivalry pens their own songs and has worked with such Nashville writers as Clay Mills, Greg Barnhill, Rachel Thibodeau, Shane Stevens and more.

By being chosen to appear on "Next Great Family Band,"
Olivia and Mitchell feel that their hard work is finally paying off.

"I am really excited the producers think we have the talent to compete on the show," commented
Olivia. "Being a part of it gets our name and music out to a wider audience than we could have ever done on our own."
 
"Words cannot even begin to express how excited I am to be given this chance," stated Mitchell. "It will help publicize us in such a positive way."
 
Three music industry experts will critique and mentor the bands. This panel includes Kimberly Locke, an American Idol alum with a series of number one A/C hits; Phoenix Stone, a former Backstreet Boy and up-and-coming country artist; and drummer Samantha Maloney, who has played for bands such as Mötley Crüeand Hole.

"It is the family dynamics that makes 'Next Great Family Band' very unique," said Seth Feldman, the show's creator and producer from Meredith Video Studios. "In addition to seeing these bands rock out on stage, fans will get to know band members during family meals, homework sessions and carpool time."

Sibling Rivalry's appearance on the March 3 episode will feature footage from their everyday lives at home as well as a tune from a show at Dosey Doe - The Big Barn. Intrigued by Olivia's haunting and poignant song about bullying, written when she was 13, the duo will debut "No Medicine Can Heal" to the viewing audience. The episode will be available online at
www.NextGreatFamilyBand.com within 3-5 days of its original air date.

Viewers are encouraged to show support for Sibling Rivalry by posting comments via social media platforms such as Facebook (www.facebook.com/NextGreatFamilyBand), Twitter (@FamilyBandTV) and the show's website (www.NextGreatFamilyBand.com). Based on viewer interaction, the industry experts will each choose a band to mentor the second half of the season and the final three bands will be featured in a grand finale performance.
 
In addition to developing their musical style and their participation on "Next Great Family Band," Olivia and Mitchell are very active and lead full lives befitting the style of today's youth. Olivia is an honor student who participates in Cross Country, Basketball, Track & Field, Golf, and holds the 7th grade school record for Discus. Mitchell, a self-proclaimed "adrenaline junkie" who has been accepted to Texas A&M, is a licensed Porsche racecar driver and high speed driving instructor (a feat he achieved at 17) and became a certified skydiver soon after his 18th birthday. Other activities they both enjoy include snowboarding, snow skiing, kayaking, mountain biking and rock climbing.

For more information and to hear music from Sibling Rivalry, please visit ReverbNation at
www.reverbnation.com/siblingrivalrybutaud.

Upcoming Appearances
Friday, March 8 | Tomball, TX | Main Street Crossing w/ Brian Pounds
Tuesday, March 26 | Spring, TX | Dosey Doe - The Big Barn w/ The Rankin Twins
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Tyler Farr Goes "Redneck Crazy"

Tyler Farr Goes "Redneck Crazy"

NASHVILLE, TN – With his new single “Redneck Crazy” now at radio, Columbia Nashville newcomer Tyler Farr has witnessed many ‘redneck crazy’ moments in his years on the road. He spent his teenage years, side stage at George Jones concerts watching his step-dad play guitar for the country legend and more recently, playing over 200 shows opening for Colt Ford.
“Yeah man, I saw just about everything you can imagine on the road and a jealous boyfriend or girlfriend was at the root of a lot of them,” said Tyler. “I’ve been there myself too but luckily the Yankee candle flying through the air didn’t hit me in the head,” he laughed. “This thing called love makes people nuts and makes you go ‘redneck crazy.’ So when I heard this song, I knew instantly I wanted to record it.” The song was written by Josh Kear, Mark Irwin and Chris Tompkins. Purchase the single here: http://smarturl.it/redneckcrazy.
The song is catching the ear of artist, radio and fans too. RCA Nashville singer songwriter Jake Owen said “I love that song! Tyler sounds great singing it. It's got some Conway Twitty in there.” Mark McKay of WGH radio in Norfolk said “I LOVE “Redneck Crazy. ‘...throw empty beer cans at both of your shadows....’ What a great line that is!” And Scott Donato of WGTY in Pork, PA emphatically said, “This is a hit single!” Posts on Tyler’s Facebook page rave, “I could seriously listen to Redneck Crazy by Tyler Farr on repeat all day...So good!” And another reads. “THANK YOU for giving everyone the best song to listen to at work.... yup doing the office chair dance to Red Neck Crazy.”
In addition to the new single, Tyler is gearing up for a tour with Rodney Atkins and Josh Thompson. The coast-to-coast tour includes venues in New York City, Westbury, NY, Indianapolis, IN, Amarillo, TX and Spokane, WA.

Steel Guitar News February 21. 2013

This is Bob Hempker. I’d like to talk about my approach to backing a singer. Everyone has their own style and thoughts on the subject of course and I’m only going to talk about how I handle it. Let’s face. Most of us live for the solos. We can’t wait for our spot in the light. We sit there doing our best to be patient while whishing the singer would hurry up and finish their part over with so we can get on to the good part. Our part. Bottom line, singers don’t hire us to be the show, they hire us to help make their show better. Backing the singer is our place in the grand scheme of things. We need to be as proficient as we can be at this or someone else might be doing it the next time the singer works. Different players or styles can really fit with certain singers. For instance, Ralph Mooney really fit the early Buck Owens sound, whereas Tom Brumley was perfect for Buck’s later sound. When I think of Ray Price music, Jimmy Day and Buddy Emmons come to mind. Buddy Charlton comes to mind when I think of Ernest Tubb. This isn’t to say that there hasn’t been some other fine players who have worked with certain artists. Certain styles of playing can really fit different singers. When I think of the steel players that really influenced me when I was young, they were not just steel players but stylists as well each having a very distinctive way of playing so you knew who it was without asking. We lost one of my heroes at the end of last week. Sonny Burnette worked with Webb Pierce, The Wilburn Brothers, worked the Opry Staff Band for many years, worked the Ralph Emory Morning Show. The steel guitar world has suffered a great loss. My condolences go out to Sonny’s family. The best and most successful studio players would usually develop and adapt a different style to each singer that they worked with. That’s a tough act to follow but if you can do it, you’ll distinguish yourself as a player. One of the main things to always bear in mind when you’re playing behind a singer is to not overplay. What I mean by overplaying is playing lines on top of the singers lines. Sort of visualize the singer’s melody in music notation and when you see rests, that is where you need to play. This is sometimes called filling the holes. It’s also good if we have the time, to somewhat get to know the singer that we’re playing behind and find out what they like and dislike musically. We don’t want to play something that is over their head of the singer or something they don’t understand. The K.I.S.S. keep it simple stupid saying really applies here. It’s also a good idea for the other people in the band to look at this in the same way we do because we’re all out there on that stage trying to help the singer sell a product to the audience. The singer can somewhat be a quarterback and we’re other players on the team. When we’re handed the ball, we need to run with it. But the rest of the time, we block. Most of us that have been playing any length of time have played our way out of jobs at one time or another in our career. That is a very easy thing to do. I’ve been on jobs where everything just magically fell into place and I’ve also been on jobs where there would be personality conflicts between me and the singer or maybe me and another member of the band. When this is the case it’s inevitable that sooner or later something will give, that one of us will end up leaving and there have been times that it’s been me. Every gig we get hired on is not going to fit us perfectly. If you find yourself in such a situation, then grin, bear it, put your money in your pocket and go home. I chose music as a career when I was young because I love music and love making music. It was fun and I enjoyed it. Anytime any particular gig became a “job”, it was not fun anymore. This comes out in our playing. Life is too short and we can make better money doing other things than playing music. So if we’re unhappy we need to move on. Bear in mind that we all have an ego. The singer is no exception. Usually a singer who can really entertain an audience has a huge ego. I guess that’s just part of it. In many cases we have to humor the singer offstage and just plain put up with them because so many of them have huge, overblown egos. It really took me a lot of practice to learn to tolerate them. I must admit, it is more tolerable when a singer has some hit recordings and some other things to back up their ego. When I have to work with someone who’s got a huge ego and has no talent and not one thing to back it up, it gets old quickly. They get out of their little home town and nobody knows who they are, and they still have this overblown ego. Then, I have to bail out. I stayed with Loretta so long because she was a total class act onstage and off. If she screwed up onstage, she would admit it and wouldn’t blame it on somebody in the band. People like this are few and far between and I was very, very fortunate to have someone like her to work for. I took what Hal Rugg did in the studio and adapted it to our live arrangements and made it work. I sort of put my own little touch or little twist to what he had done on the recordings and happily played it onstage. I was totally spoiled working for Loretta. Again, the bottom line to all of this is to play with as much soul and feeling as we can and do our best to make that person out in front look and sound good. www.steelguitar.net sales@steelguitar.net www.youtube.com/bobbeseymour Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM – 4PM Monday – Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday

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JAKE OWEN STRIKES GOLD DURING TOUR REHEARSALS

JAKE OWEN STRIKES GOLD DURING TOUR REHEARSALS
 
No. 1 Single “The One That Got Away” Sells Over 500,000 Copies

Jake Owen Gold







 While in Nashville rehearsing for the big kick off night of Jason Aldean’s 2013 NIGHT TRAIN tour, Platinum selling country singer Jake Owen was surprised with a plaque commemorating his GOLD-certified single, “The One That Got Away.” Jake’s  label family and management were on hand to celebrate.  
 
Pictured (L-R): Sony Music Nashville’s Director, Digital Sales Alaina Vehec and VP, Sales Caryl Healey, Jake Owen, Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Gary Overton, Manager Brandon Gill and Booking Agent Michael Betterton  
 
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NASHVILLE, TN (February 20, 2013) – While in Nashville gearing up to join Jason Aldean’s 2013 NIGHT TRAIN tour, RCA Nashville’s Platinum selling country singer Jake Owen celebrated the­ GOLD certification in the U.S. for his single “The One That Got Away.” The RIAA has acknowledged the No. 1 smash single for selling over 500,000 copies, marking his first GOLD record that he co-penned. Label executives and management surprised Jake with the shiny news and a special plaque to commemorate the occasion in the midst of his tour rehearsal yesterday (2/19) at Soundcheck. 
 
“If the excitement wasn’t already building just preparing to hit the road with friend (and headliner) Jason Aldean, it sure is now! I can’t thank Country radio and the fans enough for supporting my music. My band and I have been in rehearsals day in and day out getting our new show ready and I can’t wait to share it,” shares Jake.
 
After selling out every date on his first headlining tour, CMT On Tour, it’s no surprise that Jake also earned this coveted slot on Jason Aldean’s nationwide tour which kicks off tomorrow, Thursday (2/21) in Bossier City, LA and was previously tapped by superstars Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.
 
The American Country Awards 2012 Breakthrough Artist of the Year new single “Anywhere With You” is already quickly climbing the charts. The song is the fourth single produced by Joey Moi and Rodney Clawson from the Barefoot Blue Jean Night project.
 
Since releasing his chart-topping album, Barefoot Blue Jean Night, Jake has emerged as one of country music’s leading vocalists. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and has delivered three consecutive No. 1 hit singles, including the multi-week chart-toppers; the nearly DOUBLE PLATINUM title track and nearly PLATINUM “Alone with You,” in addition to the GOLD-certified “The One That Got Away.”
 
Keep up with Jake at www.jakeowen.net, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jakeowen, and follow him on Twitter @jakeowen

Billy Brown – Did We Have a Party

Billy Brown – Did We Have a Party
 
1.)Flip Out 2:30 2.)I Wanted You 2:04 3.) High Heels but no Soul 2:56 4.) He’ll Have to Go 2:24
5.) Run ‘em Off 2:14 6.) Meet Me in the Alley, Sally 2:04 7.) It’s Love 2:02
8.) Did We Have a Party 2:27 9.) Next 2:05 10.) Don’t Hold Back 2:23
11.) I’m Sending Back Everything but Memories 2:2312.) I Never Knew I’d Miss You 2:55
13.) Tight Wad 2:39 14.) Jealous Stars 2:43 15.) Trusted Heart 2:51 16.) Rich in Love 2:52
17.) I Hope I Don’t Live Long Enough to Lose You 2:45 18.) Drunk, Drunk Again 3:00
19.) Echo Mountain 2:17 20.) Once in a Lifetime 2:04 21.) Be Honest with Me 2:22
22.) The Last Letter 2:47 23.) Lost Weekend 2:29 24.) Just Out of Reach 2:59
25.) Look out Heart( Here Comes Love) 2:03 26.) It Don’t Take Long to Learn 2:52
27.) Let There Be Love 2:21 28.)Open Arms 2:47 29.)One of the Ten Most Wanted Women 2:49
30.) I’ll Be Gone 2:46

ELVIS IS ALIVE!!!Hold on wait a minute, DEAN MARTIN IS ALIVE!! No, no, no, maybe SINATRA IS ALIVE! Jeez, I just can’t tell who this is. Sometimes it sounds like the Beach Boys. Sometimes it sounds like Nat King Cole. Sometimes it sounds like Mel Torme, or any other crooner of that era. There seems to be only one constant thing or feeling portrayed in this entire album. That would be that the 1940’s-1950’s never ended. That a tenor sax could fill in to change up the sheer monotony of each song.
Flip Out opens up the album riding high on the coattails of Elvis Presley. I Wanted You instantly slows it down with a crooner melody. High Heels But no Soul and He’ll Have to Go continue with the crooner style. Then, Run ‘em Off, Meet Me in the Alley, Sally and It’s Love placed me on the silver screen. I found myself walking down those train tracks in that movie “Stand by Me.”
Did We Have a Party brought Elvis back, just like he had been buried in Steven King’s “Pet Cemetery.” Next is a song that I feel like playing Patty-Cake to. I think that the background singers actually stop and play it. Don’t Hold Back is right back to the crooner music, at least the acoustic guitar on this one is notable.
The crooner songs keep on going until the end. Drunk, Drunk Again does have some lighthearted lyrics that’ll make anyone smile though. The later songs on the album are far more country than the ones that I’ve mentioned. They are the kinda songs that you may hear as the bartender is cleaning the empty bar and putting the chairs up on the tables around you. Last call was yelled out a half hour before but you are still hanging around finishing your beer.
Listening to this album just left me with questions. The first being, “How many loves has this guy actually had?” Or, “Did this guy just fall in love with every girl he met?” It took me a long time to get through this album. I just had no reason to cry over my beer. I also hadn’t spilt milk in a long time. Some of the songs on the album I could see as being on a soundtrack of a movie. A bank robbery movie would be good, or a good pulp fiction type of movie. I realize that this album was put together reflecting a career that seems to never leave the 1950’s. I also understand that this album’s songs were probably chosen by the record label, and probably don’t reflect the musicians best work. As it stands, I wouldn’t really say that it is something that would be any bit desirable.

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