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Country Music News International Newsletter September 29. 2014

Country Music News International Newsletter

September 29. 2014

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CD: TANNER YOUNG - A Little More Country


TANNER YOUNG
A Little More Country
 
Highway 40 Blues - Made In Japan - The Auctioneer - By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line - Amarillo By Morning - He'll Have To Go - Streets Of Bakersfield - Devil Woman - Statue Of A Fool
 
This amazing young man from Oklahoma came to the LeMars gathering in 2014 to receive our once a year "Rising Legend" award.  He was on stage with terrific songwriter Larry Cordle who wrote "Highway 40 Blues" for Ricky Skaggs.  I find it amazing that Tanner begins with this incredibly well done 'country' CD with that very song. When I heard this boy perform at LeMars, I was struck not only with his very gifted country voice, but also with his incredible guitar lead picking.  What's so neat for me is to KNOW that this style of country music is not going away, no matter what they do to it in Nashville these days.  Tanner teamed up with some incredible instrumentalists to record this winner at the BDM Studios in Commerce, Texas.  Way way up there Tanner.  The selection of songs is a very nice representation of what has influenced this 17-year old country singer.  Brad Davis is in the studio with Tanner on this one.  Davis has picked with just about every superstar in country music.  He has an original amazing double-down-up guitar technique I've not heard anyone else duplicate....yet.  Give Tanner a little time.  Anyway he's on acoustic guitar. Milo Deering is on fiddle and steel.  This is another superstar in the studios, he's been on so many national television shows it's hard to count them all, the Tonight Show, the Today Show, Letterman, Austin City Limits, it just goes on and on.  What it all boils down to is they are right there behind Tanner, giving him the best there is in country music these days, and it's one huge success.  Check that list of songs again, and then try to imagine what they sound like with a gifted young man singing them.  This one is going to the Rural Roots Music Commission for sure.  Check your calendar for 2015 Tanner, you are going to get an invite, I can almost promise you that.
 
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - WWW.NTCMA.NET for Country Music News International Magazine

CD: THE PURDY RIVER BAND _ Sweet Carolina


THE PURDY RIVER BAND
Sweet Carolina
 
Sweet Carolina - Midnight Run - Southern Line - Lonely Moon - Banjo Signal
 
Chuck Lahr is the mover, shaker, and extremely good lead vocalist, behind this very very good soft bluegrass band.  Most bluegrass bands today seem to struggle to see who's the fastest, who's the loudest, who's the most aggressive with the music.  This is not the case with the Purdy River Band.  This band plays bluegrass (and writes it with the pen of Chuck) in a much more satisfying style, attractive not only to a bluegrass aficionado like myself, but to anyone who has never heard bluegrass before.  I call this very tight, very good group, pioneers in the upper Midwest, since that is where they presently make their home.  This CD is actually a demo for me to see how they sound, so because it is so very well done, recording wise, I take a great deal of pride in reviewing it to the general audience.  The mix is super well done.  The overall production is also super well done.  The lead instruments glide in and out of their leads exactly as the old bluegrassers did it.  The harmony singing is also well balanced with an almost scintillating attraction toward how the voices blend with each other, a little different than loud outbursts of harmony we sometimes hear among bluegrass bands.  Good original songs are a necessity to good bluegrass, and Chuck Lahr has done a most excellent job presenting his originals here, each and every one of them super good. Bluegrass is not bluegrass without a banjo, and Dave Anderson is that instrument player.  I've also learned that he operates the recording studio where the band cut this outstanding demo.  Jon Anderson, Dave's brother, plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and dobro, all equally well, and shines as an incredibly proficient instrumentalist.  Beth Anderson (Dave's wife) is the upright bass player.  Again I really like the very nice way the bass stays right behind the instruments, keeping them tight on the rhythm, beat, and bottom lines.  The Andersons are mostly from Minnesota, but apparently close enough to Chuck Lahr's home in Iowa, to create a super good bluegrass band.  This is only a demo, but it is going to the Rural Roots Music Commission for bluegrass placement on CD of the Year, 2015.  My best advice to the Andersons and Chuck, keep your calendar open for next year.  I know it's early to do that, but I'm pretty good at picking the minds of those who sit on the commission.  Good luck Purdy River wherever you go.
 
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - WWW.NTCMA.NET for Country Music News International Magazine

CD: ASPEN BLACK - Eastern Western Cowgirl


ASPEN BLACK
Eastern Western Cowgirl
 
Cowbuquerque - Wanderin' - Dream Ride - Eastern Western Cowgirl - Cabin of Dreams - Ride With You - Snowdog Moon - Cottonwood Tree
 
I'm not sure a girl in Virginia can be a real 'cowgirl' but Aspen Black is definitely doing a good job convincing me that is not only possible, it's a reality.  Every one of these songs was written by her, and she has a really pretty voice to make them connect with the listener.  The recording is closer to a very good demo than it is for a 'ready for release' CD for a more public or radio ready rendition.  Not much on who is doing the music or where it was recorded, I'm thinking Aspen is playing her own rhythm guitar, but she also adds some interesting tracks using mandolin, 12-string guitar, bass, a small drum set, some strings, and even Native American hand drum at the Buksbari Ranch Studio in Rocky Mount, Virginia.  All of this turns out pretty good in presenting some new thoughts, ideas, ways of presentation, and certainly some new ideas in songwriting.  However, I believe the most important thing Aspen is doing with her life, is helping people, any kind of people, any age of people, learn how to be a good horseback rider.  It's called 'empowering' and that's exactly what she does, she helps anyone become empowered enough to become a great horseback rider.  She even dedicated this album to her horse 'Peanut' which she lost in 2013.  I definitely like the definition she gives of what a cowgirl is.  It came from Dale Evans (the wife of Roy Rogers, and the composer of 'Happy Trails')....."Cowgirl is an attitude, really a pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage.  The cowgirl faces life head on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses.  Cowgirls take stands.  They speak up.  They defend the things they hold dear.  A cowgirl might be a rancher, or a barrel racer, or a bull rider, or an actress.  But she's just as likely to be a checker at the local Winn Dixie grocery store, a full-time mother, a banker, an attorney, or an astronaut."  Okay okay, Aspen, you've convinced me that Virginia can be home to a western cowgirl.  Your songs are definitely from a 'western' writer, well proven in "Cabin In Dreams" and "Cottonwood Tree."  A little bit different, granted, but absolutely well done.  Christian character building is another big plus in your western lifestyle.  Keep it up.  This CD will go to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their award selections for next year.  Good luck cowgirl, keep your fingers crossed and keep your calendar open.
 
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART WWW.NTCMA.NET for Country Music News International Magazine

CD: JASON LEE MAC KINNEY BAND - HEARTS ON A SLEEVE

HEARTS ON A SLEEVE.

JASON LEE MAC KINNEY BAND.CD REVIEW.

THIS EXCELLENT CD IS VERY GOOD TO DO A REVIEW. FIRST I WANT TO TELL ALL THE NAMES OF THE BAND...
BARRY STRAUSER, KEYS AND GUITAR, BILLY WRIGTH,BASS AND VOCALS, COLT PRINCE, LEAD GUITAR, ROBERT RUSSEL, DRUMS AND JASON LEE MAC KINNEY, VOCALS AND GUITAR.

MUSICS.
1)OLD SOULS AND ROCK N ROLL.2)JUNE EIGTH STORM 3)ONE MORE TIME 4)HEART ON A SLEEVE 5)OLD PEWS. 6)SELFISH PRICK 7)VAN MORRISON 8)NORKFOLK SOUTHERN 9)EMPTY GLASS 10)THE RIVER 11)STRANGER PLACES FEAT. WALTER WILKINS 12)SCHEWED UP SCOWED OVER.

COMMENTS ABOUT THE MUSICS.
1) OLD SOULS AND ROCK AND ROLL. IS A NICE MUSIC , THAT JASON AND BAND WITH A GOOD PIANO AND VOICES GIVE TO US EXCELLENTS MOMENTS TO REMEMBER BEFORE!

2)JUNE EIGTH STORM. THE DRUM'S SOUNDS ARE LIKE THE STORM...YOU FELL ALL TIME DRUMS EQUAL A STORM SOUNDS.IS A MUSIC WITH TOO MUCH ENERGY. LISTEN AND FELL YOUR SELF IF MY WORDS ARE TRUE.

3)ONE MORE TIME.THE ENERGIC SOUND OF JASON'S GUITAR, HIS ENFÁTIC VOICE EXPLORE ALL THE POTENTIAL OF ...ONE MORE TIME....YES , NO DOUBT WONDERFULL MUSIC.

4) HEART ON A SLEEVE. IS THE MUSIC TITLE OF THIS CD,THE SWING OF THIS MUSIC IS THE STRONGEST POINT OF THIS CD! THE BAND DO THINGS HAPPEN AND TELL ME , PLEASE FROM ZERO TO TEN HOW MUCH YOU GIVE.? TEN.? YES , TEN TO JASON AND BAND.

5)OLD PEWS.THE EXCELLENT VOICE OF JASON, THE GUITARS AND DRUMS DO THE TOUCH OF THIS GOOD MUSIC....I WANT TO SAY TO THE WORLD...WRITE IT , SOON YOU AND YOUR BAND GO TO THE TOP...DID YOU WRITE? REMEMBER DR. RONALDO SAY IT IN THIS DAY...SIX OF SETEMBER 2014! Ok?

6)SELFISH PRICK. COUNTRY ROCK IN THE FIRST NOTES...JASON HAS A VOICE SLOWLY SINGING WITH CARE, GOOD PRONOUCE.

7)VAN MORRISON. GOOD MUSIC, NOTHING TO SAY .GOOD ONE.

8)NORKFOLK SOUTHERN. GOOD MUSIC. HEI!BAND ! WHAT YOU EAT EVERIDAY? I DON'T DO MISTAKES WHEN THE MATTER IS MUSIC....GOOD CD!

9)EMPTY GLASS. IS A WONDERFULL MUSIC, THIS IS VERY GOOD. I THINK THE POPSTAR TEACHEAR DO CLASSES TO THE SINGER.....LISTEN AND ENJOY IT!

10)THE RIVER IS ONE EXCELLENT MUSIC , WE FELL LIKE A RIVER FLOWS AT OUR SIDE. GOOD TO LISTEN, GOOD TO DANCE, NOTHING BAD. THE END OF THIS MUSIC IS VERY GOOD ...I PAY TOO MUCH ATTENTION AT MUSIC FINALS...AND THE RIVER HAS A END....VERY GOOD ...IN MY STYLE....I LIKE VERY MUCH!

11 AND 12 ALL GOOD MUSICS TOO.


FINAL CONSIDERATIONS.

WE WANT TO SAY THAT THIS MAN AND POPSTAR TEACHEAR NAMED JASON, WITH HIS DAUGTHER AND BAND DO EXCELLENT SOUNDS TO US.....WITH THIS NEW CD , I THINK THE WAY IS THE SAME ....PRIZES, GOOD SOUNDS....PRIZES.....GIGS ....AND TOO MUCH SUCESS AND THEY CONTINUE THE SAME ...TALK WITH ALL PEOPLE....ARE HUMBLE PEARSONS....RECEIVE US LIKE OLD FRIENDS....CALL ME ...SIR...MY GOD...I NEED CLASSES OF MUSIC AND CLASSES WITH THE POPSTAR NAMED JASON LEE MAC KINNEY!
CONGRATS, GREAT JASON, MY BUDDY....YOU ARE GOING TO THE TOP AS I SAY.....

DR.RONALDO BRANDÃO BROCHADO FROM BRASIL,CAMPOS DOS GOYTACAZES TO COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS INTERNATIONAL.

CD: LARRY HOSFORD - MOMENTARILY YOURS.

LARRY HOSFORD. REVISÃO DE CD.

MOMENTARILY YOURS.

MÚSICAS

1)DON'T CHANGE A THING 2)THAT LOVED IN LOOK 3)COCAINE AND LIQUOR 4)BILLY JACKSON 5)GOT TO BE LONELY BY YOUR SELF 7)RENO IS A LATE NIGTH TOWN 8) WORKING OVERTIME
9)GREAT BIG HOLE IN YOUR SOUL 10)THE HEART HAS REASONS OF IT ON 11) COME ON BY THE HOUSE. 12)LOVE IS LIKE A TRACTOR .13)OKLAHOMA 14) LOVE TO SEE YOU THIS WAY, BABY 15)WOULD YOU CALL IT LOVE.? 16) MOMENTARILY YOURS.


PARA VER MAIS SOBRE LARRY HOSFORD, VÁ PARA www.larryhosford.net , LÁ VOCÊ IRÁ ENCONTRAR TUDO SOBRE ESTA FIGURA DA MÚSICA COUNTRY. CLARO QUE USEI O TERMO FIGURA , NO BOM SENTIDO DA COISA.
REALMENTE ELE E UMA FIGURA HUMANA SUPER DIFERENTE. CANTOR, MÚSICO, NOS PARECE EM UMA PRIMEIRA OLHADA, UMA PESSOA ALEGRE. ESTA FOI A PRIMEIRA IMPRESSÃO QUE TIVE DELE !
MOMENTARILY YOURS FOI FEITA EM DEZ DE AGOSTO DE 2012. TODAS AS MÚSICAS, MENOS COCAINE AND LIQUOR FORAM FEITAS POR LARRY.
ESTOU OUVINDO AS MÚSICAS PARA TENTAR DEFINIR A VOZ DE LARRY....
A VOZ DELE E A DE UM HOMEM EXPERIENTE QUE GOSTA DE CURTIR A VIDA, TIRANDO DELA TUDO O QUE PODE.AS MÚSICAS DE LARRY VALEM MAIS POR ELE DO QUE POR ELAS...
GOSTEI MAIS DA GUITARRA DO QUE DAS MÚSICAS. ENTENDO QUE ELE TEM MUITO TEMPO DE ESTRADA, FAZ -SE EVIDENTE O HILL BILLY DE SUAS MÚSICAS COM UMA DISCRETA PITADA DE ATUALIDADE...
A GUITARRA E MUITO BOA, LARRY DA UMA AULA DE COUNTRY COM SEUS ACORDES.
TALVEZ LARRY FAÇA MÚSICAS PARA SI PRÓPRIO, SEM SE IMPORTAR COM LUZES,FAMA OU O QUE MAIS POSSA VIR...TEM UM JEITO PRÓPRIO DE ENCARAR A VIDA, ACHA PRAZER NAS PEQUENAS COISAS E CLARO EM SUAS MÚSICAS.

IMPRESSÕES FINAIS.

GOSTEI DA GUITARRA DE LARRY HOSFORD, DA A NOS UMA AULA DE COUNTRY MUSIC
TAMBÉM SENTI QUE TEM MUITA ALEGRIA AO TOCAR, CONTAGIA A QUEM O OUVE.
UM GRANDE ABRAÇO PARA LARRY HOSFORD.


RONALDO BRANDÃO BROCHADO FROM BRASIL , TO COUNTRY MUSIC
INTERNATIONAL.

LARRY EFAW & THE BLUEGRASS MOUNTAINEERS - She Left Me On A Mountain


LARRY EFAW & THE BLUEGRASS MOUNTAINEERS
She Left Me On A Mountain
 
She Left Me Standing On A Mountain - Little Mountain Home - Eight Steps Toward the Lord - Let The Whole World Talk - The Beautiful Shore - Silver Bells - Our Darling's Gone - One Kiss Away From Loneliness - Waves On The Sea - Will He Wait A Little Longer - Give Me Time To Think It Over - Sea Of Regret - Broken Heart and A Worried Mind - Don't You Call My Name - Old Brown County Barn
 
Just think on this a minute.  Six children, twelve grand-children, and twelve great-grandchildren.  Just think on this a minute, this same person was incredibly influenced by Carter Stanley, Ralph Stanley, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and of course somewhere in there Bill Monroe.  We're talking about the acoustic rhythm guitar picker in the Bluegrass Mountaineers.  His name?  Beanpole.  Well, that's what it used to be when he formed his band at the age of 22.  Edward Efaw is his real name, and he still loves traveling and playing bluegrass music as well as composing it.  Joining him is Larry Efaw.  Hard to say if he's child or grandchild, but he's here in fine form, and takes care of business.  His background is pretty incredible,  He's playing mandolin.  Stanley Efaw is Larry's son.  He plays the fiddle and sometimes bass.  Joining in is Tom Isaac who is their banjoist; John Bryan on acoustic guitar; Anthony Prater is the upright bass player, and keeping everyone in line is Christopher Wilcox, the 8-year old great-grandson of Edward. Whew, this is a FAMILY bluegrass band, and they are terrific.  This album was recorded at the Castle Ford Studios in Boone, NC, and put out by Blue Circle Records, the company founded by Tom T. Hall and his wife Dixie.  The Bluegrass Mountaineers have certainly paid their dues, and this particular CD is definitely going to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their consideration of Bluegrass CD of the Year.  They make their home in Ohio, but they have traveled and worked with some of the very best in bluegrass music.  Name droppers they are not, but let it be known they have worked with some incredible names including Goldwing Express, Rhonda Vincent, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Lewis Family, and Del McCoury to name just a few.  I really like how they can play a high-powered and high-driving traditional bluegrass, and then swing into some absolutely beautiful soft sad songs like "One Kiss Away From Loneliness."  Mandolin on this one is super.  Much continued success on the bluegrass circuit for the Bluegrass Mountaineers.
 
Record Review by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine 

CD: DANNY KAY AND THE NIGHTLIFTERS - Crazy Lonesome Blue


DANNY KAY AND THE NIGHTLIFTERS
Crazy Lonesome Blue
 
Tittered and Tattered - Crazy Lonesome Blue - Hard Way to Lose - Date With the Devil - Heart of a Fool - Urban Pioneer - Nothing's Wrong (But There Sure Ain't Nothing Right) - He's Singing the Blues - Must Have Gotten Drunk - Rock Bottom - Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue/Roly Poly - My Loving Arms - Blue Moon Baby
 
The very first instrument that shocked me into listening intently to this CD is the fiddle player, Liz Sloan.  This rockabilly band is excellent, but they also have a Hank Williams Sr., kick to them that makes them almost hillbilly in nature, style, and music.  Recorded at the Log Cabin Studios in Leesburg, Virginia, I noted right off the bat how excellent the taping and mix is.  Les Thompson, I'm sure, played a major role in engineering and mixing this CD.  If you don't remember Mr. Thompson, he was the original lead singer for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  The motivating force on this CD is Danny Kay.  He has the voice, the acoustic rhythm guitar, and the drive behind recording it the way he wanted it to sound.  I'm so glad he did, the end result can stand up to anything on the market today coming from a major label.  Danny is no doubt finding some air play on Americana style stations, but in my opinion, he'd do well on any rock station looking for something unique, on any country station looking for something unique, on any hillbilly station looking for something unique, or any pop station looking for something unique.  Does this make Danny a wide spreading crossover artist?  No it doesn't, it means he would do better on any of those stations than anything they are playing today.  He also contributed eight original compositions to the project.  All of them fit right in to the overall concept, and happily they don't sound 'alike' as many original artists do when the record their projects.  Zach Sweeny is the super good electric lead guitar picker (as well as banjo on Moon Baby); and Dustin Delage does much of the drum work.  Mark Whiskey added some backing vocals, so the entire project is pretty much a standard, but a very good, version of early very popular country music before it turned into that devious electronic digitalized vocal perfect monster it has become.  This CD is a monster too, but one of the good ones especially with Liz Sloan's fiddle.  Off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission for CD of the Year award.  If I was Danny Kay I would be looking at 2015 dates next year, and a possible trip to Fremont, Nebraska, around October 2-3-4 for a possible appearance at the Christensen Field House for one of those 'you know it might happen' events.  Keep it up Danny, super good job well done all the way around.  I liked the intro to 'Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue' very interesting.
 
Review by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

CD: EDDIE CHWILL - There Ain't No Easy Way


EDDIE CHWILL
There Ain't No Easy Way
 
There Ain't No Easy Way - Love Is All Around You - Somebody On My Mind - Taker Me Back Into Your World Again - 100% Of The Blues - Walk Through This World With Me - Next in Line - Rise 'N' Shine - Why Live A Straight Life - Smoke Filled Bar - Somewhere There's A Mountain - I Am Your Fire - I Remember Love - You Can Touch Her At All - You Made A Fool Out Of Me - No Word For It - I Don't Know What She Said - Too Old To Die Young
 
Eddie Chwill is a really good country singer.  He picked no less than eight songs to record on this CD that was written by perhaps Canada's most prolific country music songwriter, Dick Damron.  Damron's songs are not only in the realm of Canadian country music, many of America's super stars recorded his songs.  Chwill has a very nice way to interpret Damron's songs, and adds his own very distinct style to the songs.  I especially liked "Somebody On My Mind" because Chwill's voice is so very sincere as he sings the words he believes in.  I should mention that Dick Damron was one of the producers of this CD.  I don't know very much about Eddie Chwill's career as a country recording artist, but I can say this, he stands tall in the realm of country music as it once was, and should still be.  I believe his heritage is Ukranian, a geographical area much in the news as I write this, and I also believe that is a great combination for finding a sincere hook-up to really good country music.  This particular CD was recorded as far back as 1971, so you know it still has that really great original classic and traditional country music sound.  He's been singing country music since 1957 on local radio stations, along with an occasional television appearance, in and around Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  He's been doing his version of country music for over 50 years now, so as I forward this particular CD to the Rural Roots Music Commission, I hope they hear the same heart-felt sincerity that I hear on this recording.  As international country music goes, Eddie is doing a good job of keeping it a 'story-telling' musical adventure, very unlike so-called country music coming from Nashville these days.  Don't have the musicians names, but the steel player is very very good.  Anyone who liked country music of the 70's will certainly appreciate this very meaningful recording.  I especially liked the closing number, "Too Old to Die Young" that very famous Moe Bandy song, that sort of expresses the situation with country music these days.  Hang in there Eddie, you got a good thing going............for fifty years no less.
 
Review by Bob Everhart  www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine 

CD: 2ND NATURE - First Adventure


2ND NATURE
First Adventure
 
Fast As I Can Crawl - Rainbow Cafe' - The Virginia Creeper - Axe To Grind - Smoky Mountain Mornin' Song - I Still Miss Someone - The Roadkill Bill - Redneck Renovations - Nocturnal Creatures - Naked On The Back Porch - When we're Gone Long Gone - The Roadkill Bill (with comments from the legislature)
 
I recognized Don King's voice the instant I heard it on song two of this CD.... "Rainbow Cafe'."  and then again on one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs "I Still Miss Someone."  I know that Don recorded this song earlier, in another style, that was a pretty fair hit for him.  This CD is an amazing adventure for me.  I know Don King.  He was born in Fremont, Nebraska, and grew up in Waterloo, Nebraska, I think.  He and I were on the same County Fair there with Marty Robbins.  Is that neat or what?  He went on to record for Con Brio Records with a number of hits, and from there went on to Epic Records.  I went on to record for Folkways Records (eventually Smithsonian-Folkways) and had no hits.  Whatever the case, it sure is good to hear this old friend again, doing so well.  This CD got to me in the strangest way.  We had Tamra Rosanes at the LeMars old-time country music gathering this year (always the full week before Labor Day, next year is the 40th one).  She's well known as the "Queen of Country Music" in Denmark, and has an astonishing track record.  She not only got nominated for the Hall of Fame, her recording "Rockabilly Heart" took the Rural Roots Music Commission's "Rockabilly CD of the Year" award.  Her brother, Brant Miller came up from Nashville to play a little harmonica and mandolin behind her. What a remarkable performance it turned out to be on the main stage.  We had a lot of positive from that.  Brant in turn gave me this latest recording he made with my old friend Don King and Dave Woodward.  It's pretty close to bluegrass, but not quite.  The harmonica gives it some really good 'old-time' country sounds, and the super harmony in the voices also brings it back to super good early country sounds, and the comedy also keeps it from falling completely into the bluegrass category, so you already know this CD is definitely going to the Rural Roots Music Commission for traditional country consideration.  The musicianship is enthralling throughout this well produced session, and the mix is stunning. This CD....WOW this is the kind of music I grew up with, loved in all it's intensity, still love, still promote, and still perform myself with my little Sheila. What a beautiful Sunday afternoon this has been for me, listening to music definitely from the heart, definitely written with poise and talent, definitely recorded not so much for stardom, but for sharing.  OK, five stars. 
 
Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine 

CD: JOHN REX REEVES - Everybody Wants To Be In Love Again


JOHN REX REEVES
Everybody Wants To Be In Love Again
 
Everybody Wants To Be In Love Again - Happy Tracks - I Still Wouldn't Be Over You - I Think I'll Pick up My Heart And Go Home - Lillie's White Lies - Ole Spare Tire - Rainbows Are Back In Style - Shopping For Dresses - I'm So Afraid Of Losing You Again - That's When I'll Call You Again - The Blizzard - Things Have Gone To Pieces - I Love You Because - I Can't Stop Loving You
 
     For those of us who have heard John Rex Reeves performing in the upper Midwest, know one thing for very certain.  John Rex Reeves sounds amazingly like his Uncle, Jim Reeves.  Keeping the Jim Reeves legacy and music alive is John Rex's major impetus in the music business today.  He goes out on the road playing wherever he can get a decent gig, a sizable audience, and develop a new fondness for the Reeves music.  This particular album which he just released, is a super neat production right out of Nashville, BUT it's not like that modern music called country, it's the better side of that coin, the 'new' music called 'real' country.  Lots of great fiddle and steel throughout this wonderful session, and John Rex Reeves voice is as good as ever.  I find it remarkable that he can sound so much like his beloved Jim Reeves.  They were very close friends as well as relatives, played golf together, and enjoyed each other's company whenever possible.  This CD is a nice compliment to that relationship, and John Rex's dedication and love for his uncle's music is manifold.  For John Rex this is great country music done in a Reeve's family tradition.  The songs are all new to me too, which makes it a double-whammy listening adventure, and the make-up of the entire CD is 'finding love' either for the first time, or as he makes it abundantly clear....'again.'  It's also neat that I received this CD at this time, John Rex Reeves is the star attraction at the Rural Roots Music Gathering in Fremont, Nebraska, October 3-4-5 at the Christensen Field House, followed by a short tour where Sheila and I will join him as his opening act: Oct. 10 at the Oak Tree in Anita, Iowa, 7pm.  What a neat show, with Emma Heyen on the bill too.  This beautifully talented and pretty girl is a just right touch to the introduction of John Rex Reeves.  On Oct. 11 we're at the Leonard Good Center in Ogden, Iowa 7pm, and then on Oct 12 at the opera house in Toledo, Iowa, 2pm matinee.  Great fun for everyone.  I'm sure we'll be hearing some of these originals that John Rex recorded on this terrific CD.  I not only like his very well produced session here, I also like him with just a guitar and a stool performing a very intimate concert for his very appreciative audience.  A super-star from the RFD-TV television shows, it's going to be fun to spend some time with this incredibly gifted man.  John Rex is absolutely right, 'everybody wants to be in love again,' and this CD proves it.  This CD goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their own observations, and I know they will be good.  Personally I really liked "Ole Spare Tire" which features some super neat Dobro on it.  Please visit John Rex at his own website at www.johnrexreeves.com to see his incredible list of great 'Reeves' music.
 
Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net for Country Music News International Magazine

CD: S. R. 'SHAWN' DUGAN - Memorial Lane


S. R. 'SHAWN' DUGAN
Memorial Lane
 
In Your Eyes - Sorrow Is - Memorial Lane - Smoky Mountain Memories - Hold My Hand - Deliverance - Unsatisfied - Omaha - This Lady - Undone
 
     I believe this excellent songwriter, vocalist, and recording artist makes his home in Minnesota, but not absolutely sure.  Right off the bat, before I even listened to his work, I caught this on his website....."I'm a simple Jesus follower, a husband, a father, and a friend.  While others may see me as many other things, in the end those are the only few that matter to me."  How much plainer could it be?  He's got a lovely voice, exactly suited to the music he writes.  He leans, at least in my opinion, toward pop-gospel, but there is an occasional brilliance in acoustic variety which I do appreciate.  The song itself "Memorial Lane" is quite interesting to me, shades of 'Rank Strangers' and some very nice acoustic guitar.  I like the lyrics, from the very start...."I walk down Memorial Lane in a town that has forgotten my name.  They don't know where I'm going' and they don't know my song.  All they know is where I don't belong."  This simple statement is the same we've heard in many different ways from Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Ralph Stanley, Hank Williams, it's even in a Bob Everhart song or two.....'all they know is where I don't belong.'  That's the hard part for anyone in music to understand if you are following your road in life, and that road sometimes seems to be somewhere you don't belong.  A magical musical adventure full of meaningful lyrics, very well written and very well vocalized.  Shawn Dugan is definitely on the road of his own ministry, and for those that need to hear him, I do appreciate the huge number that will like what he is telling them.  Another verse in the 'Memorial Lane' song I really like is "Someone once said a prophet's not welcome in his native land, his own blessed kingdom the trade winds blew and they carried me along.  All I know now is where I don't belong."  Super writing.  Followed by "Smoky Mountain Memories" invokes a peek into John Denver's Rocky Mountains high.  Lots and lots of empathy here.  A lot of Shawn's songs border on good simple rock and roll, highly recommended for the younger listener to find some meaningful dialogue about that very famous prophet, Jesus Christ.  It's all very real for me, I've followed a similar road through my 78 years, and it's a delight to be able to listen to this very well composed young man.  Much continued success Shawn.
 
Review by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net  for Country Music News International Magazine

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