Monday, February 10, 2014

Country Music News International February 10. 2014

Country Music News International February 10. 2014

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SMOKEY SMITH COUNTRY SINGER AND COUNTRY MUSIC PROMOTER


SMOKEY SMITH  
 
Without a doubt one of the very best, the most honored, and certainly the most talented as a country singer and a country music promoter, as well as being one of my heroes, Smokey Smith passed away following two surgeries for a traumatic brain injury, February 3rd.  Born in 1922, he'd have celebrated his 92nd birthday on February 12th.  He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on a farm.  He grew up in a rural lifestyle.  His first radio job was as a singer (and he was a good one) and guitarist for Ted West and the Range Riders for WREN Radio in Lawrence, Kansas in 1938.  He moved to California in 1940, working for Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in San Diego, where he did live radio shows on KYOR every Saturday morning.   He formed a band called Smokey Smith and the Gold Coast Boys that played the ballrooms of Southern California.  By 1947 he was the headliner at the "Hollywood on the Pike" ballroom in Long Beach.  Bob Duff took Sheila, Bobbie Lhea, and I to this ballroom to see where Smokey was so popular.  Smokey began recording for a company called Crystal Records at this time (we have some of these on display in the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, Iowa, where he was inducted into America's Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996, and this is also the time frame that he met and married his wife Lucille.  Smokey and Lucille moved to Akron, Ohio, where he was headliner at the Brown Derby.  His booking agent couldn't find additional work, or the disc-jockey position he had promised, so Smokey and Lucille were on their own.  Smokey auditioned for the National Barn Dance in Chicago which didn't work, and finally broke and nowhere to go, he busked on a street corner in Peoria, Illinois to get enough money to get back to California and his regular job at the "Hollywood on the Pike" in Long Beach.  In 1949 he returned to Iowa, where he went to work for KRNT Radio in Des Moines.  He began booking Grand Ole Opry shows at the KRNT Theater with once a month shows, September through May.  He had his first 'live' country music television show on KRNT-TV in 1953.  In that same year he was one of the founding members of the Country Disc Jockey Association & Hall of Fame in Nashville.  In 1958, the founders agreed to disband the organization, and changed it to the Country Music Association.  Smokey was inducted into that Hall of Fame in 1982. He continued promoting country music shows for the rest of his life, one of the few honest country music promoters in the business.  Johnny Cash once described him as "a man of total integrity, which is rare in this business."  His wife of 58 years, Lucille, passed away in 2007.  They had two children, Carol and Leon.  Leon died in a car accident in 1981.  Johnny and June Carter Cash were so close to Smokey, they canceled gigs while on the road, chartered a private jet and flew to Des Moines to spend some time with Smokey and Lucille during this sad time.  Smokey enjoyed performing for us on all of our festivals, but he especially liked the down-home atmosphere and common touch of the folks that came to listen to him at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita, Iowa.  He came to the LeMars Festival the whole tlme we were there, except for last year.  His biography "Smokey, The Legendary Life of Mr. Country Music," written by Terry Manley was published in 2010, and is still available from Snowflake Enterprises.
 
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International

CD: BOBBY LEWIS Here I Am Again


BOBBY LEWIS
Here I Am Again
 
Alice In Wonderland - We Make A Great Country Song - Here I Am Again - Shutters And Boards - When You're With Me - Rock-A-Billy Days - So Close I Can Taste It - It Never Rains But It Pours - Talk Back Trembling Lips - Show Me The Way - In This State of Mine - World Of Love
 
I remember so well when Bobby Lewis came to Missouri Valley, Iowa, to be inducted into America's Country Music Hall of Fame.  We had a great time, but that was a few years ago.  Now, I'm listening to Bobby Lewis again, and here he is again, and he sounds as good or better than he ever has.  BUT, he had to find a way to find a studio of 'real' country again, so he made the trek to Texas, Pantego Sound Studio in Arlington to be exact.  And what a nice treasure ensued.  The trip was worth it, and the wait, on my part, was really worth it.  Classic country music, much as a lot of folks in Nashville wish would go away, simply won't.  Bobby Lewis is one of those gifted artists that says so.  He also still plays the instrument called the "Lute" a musical instrument mentioned in the Bible, and one that Bobby Lewis plays so well.  I like all of the songs Bobby has on this CD, he even has one called "Rock-A-Billy Days" dedicated to Buddy Holly.  Nice job well done too. Another great classic intro by a riveting steel is "Talk Back Trembling Lips" with some good harmony singing as well. I also like the older style country harmony with Diane McCall on the last song "World Of Love."  Bobby Lewis has a lot of decals and stickers on his guitar case, because he's seen a few miles in his country music life, but more importantly, every time he does a show he just keeps adding fans to his long long list of folks who truly appreciate real country music, and in that same vein, who truly appreciate Bobby Lewis.  Good CD all the way around you DJ's who are looking for something new, something nice, something real, something country. It's available on Heart of Texas Records, 1701 South Bridge, Brady, TX 76825
 
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International

CD: ANDY COHEN & JACK RADCLIFFE Four Hands No Waiting


ANDY COHEN & JACK RADCLIFFE
Four Hands No Waiting
 
Four Hands, No Waiting - Midnight Hour Blues - Cincinnati Flow Rag - It's Too Short - Organ Grinder Swing - Weenie Man - Furry's Blues - Miss New Orleans - Cold In Hand Blues - Cow Cow Blues - Florida Blues - If I Could Be With You - Honey, It Must Be Love
 
Lots of keyboard blues on this CD.  Good sounding piano I must say, sounds like an old upright now and then. But there's some boogie woogie, some Dixieland, and there's some incredibly good rags on this project.  How far removed popular music is today from what it once was.   These two very professional and great sounding artists are actually music preservationists, and boy do they do a good job of it.  Andy Cohen grew up with a piano and Dixieland in the house to keep him company. For awhile he was a 'folkie' liking Bill Bill Broonzy and Elizabeth Cotton, but Lead Belly wasn't far behind.  He perfected his own way and style of music along the way, and today he's one of the top preservationists of the southeast quadrant of America, the mother lode of this country's very own music. "Cincinnati Flow Rag" reflects this incredibly well performed music.   Sometimes I feel like I should be watching an old black and white Charlie Chaplin movie, but just in time lyrics resolve that.  Blues, standard chords, standard changes, standard genius prevail in all the blues songs these two very gifted musicians play.  One of the things I like about what they are doing with their blues is they don't mimic or ape black voices, they don't have to.  For a minute I thought maybe "Furry's Blues" was in 5/4 time, you know Dave Brubeck style, but it's definitely a Cohen/Radcliffe presentation.  "Miss New Orleans" brings a sentimental sound to the vocals, Paris, France, New Orleans, some smoky little music bar somewhere no one cares.  Super!  Being an old Iowa farm boy not too far from Davenport, I couldn't help but like "Cow Cow Blues," a double piano love affair.  The other half of this musical love affair is Jack Radcliffe, who also grew up in a household with a piano, some Dixieland jazz, and a strong desire to hit the road when the folk-music regeneration occurred.  Actually this entire presentation is blamed on a barber.  So we all Thank God for the barber. What an entirely pleasant listening experience this is.  Wepecket Island Records, 573 Rockdale Ave., New Bedford, MA 02740  
 
Review by Bob Everhart  www.ntcma.net for Country Music News International

CD: HALLUR JOENSEN Stars & Legends


HALLUR JOENSEN
Stars & Legends
 
Send Me A Letter Amanda - Tonight I'm Coming Home - Crystal Chandeliers - My Door Is Still Open - Not Worried - Nobody Wins - Smile - Somewhere To Go - Separate Ways - Kiss An Angel Good Morning - My Sweetest Hello - 'Til A Tear Becomes A Rose - Hello Josephine
 
It just never ceases to amaze me where good country music is these days.  In the most unexpected places to say the least.  I received this incredibly good classic country (with a little outlaw thrown in just to make sure) from Hallur Joensen who lives on Faroe Island.  I never got to go there during my own world-travels doing traditional country music, but I did get to the Shetlands which is just a bit north of where Hallur is from.  What's simply amazing about this CD, apart from the fact that Hallur might just be the leader of the pack bringing country back, is its viability.  The first thing he did was to bring in a powerhouse of studio musicians to do the backing, but then he started bringing in his heroes and idols to sing along.  Yes, they sing along on this remarkable piece of country music.  Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Bare, Vince Gill, Charley Pride no less than twice.  All four of these names are ones we have persistently tried to get into America's Country Music Hall of Fame, without success I might add.  I talked to Hallur about this, and his first suggestion was he would talk to Kris Kristofferson.  Oh my goodness, I hope he will talk to the other three too.  At any rate, this is one incredible piece of 'country' music work coming from someone not a hillbilly from America. The thing about Hallur is that his 'country' voice is right in there with the friends he has singing along with him.  Many of the acquaintances happened on his island during country music festivals with these artists attending.  Needless to say, the backing musicians, as well as the super star accomplices, are up to par on this wonderful presentation. I couldn't place any of the backing musicians, then I discovered they live in the Faroe Islands too.  And the final mix was done in Copenhagen.  How could a new CD be anymore international?  Some of this material is usually done all by itself in another genre, but somehow Hallur pulls it off.  On the song "Til A Tear Becomes A Rose" written by Keith Whitley, Hallur uses mandolin, Dobro, and fiddle, and makes it country.  On "Somewhere To Go" Bobby Bare sounds so close to Hallur I had a hard time telling them apart.  And, on "Nobody Wins" Kris Kristoffrson comes on with an acoustic guitar.  Hallur closes this whole music party with a little honky-tonk..."Hello Josephine."  Nothing short of Jerry Lee could improve that.  I'm impressed.  This CD goes directly to the Rural Roots Music Commission.  Hallur Joensen, M.P. G0TA 28, 700 Klaksvin, Faroe Island.  
 
Review By Bob Everhart  www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International

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