MARIETTA STATION - WIND OF CHANGE - MS3CD.
12 songs, 8 covers and 4 originals, running approx. 48 minutes, sums up this latest offering from Marietta Station one of the South's most popular bands. The originals are written by lead vocalist Sara Curran and are the high point of the album. Wind of Change is a gentle love song nominated as British Single, Song and Album of the year and deservedly so. Right Where You Are with its gentle up-tempo beat and lilting steel guitar is another winner for Sara and worthy of coverage by a top female country star, and that's taking nothing away from Sara's own outstanding vocal on this potential hit. Can ‘Make You Care, a gentle ballad, pushing at a lost love theme is the 3rd original while the arrangement on Not Over Yet is at the other end of contemporary country with great driving lead and snappy snare. The covers include I Keep Forgetting and You've Got To Talk To Me (both written by Jamie O Hara) Rose Garden; Those Words We Said; Goodnight and Hotel California all sung by Sara while Alan Weight sings on We All Get Lucky Sometimes and Lay Down Sally. Sara also plays piano, keyboards, all the acoustic guitars, mandolin, percussion and the programming, arranges, records and produces the lot. Preban Raunsbjerg and Tommy Stankovic play lead guitars while Preban and Simon Frankiewicz play bass and they all deserve a mention. Bob Dixon plays outstanding steel complimenting Sara's vocal. Highly recommended. E-mail: - [email protected] or Tel: 0208 660 3418

SCOTT GIBSON & MAKE READY HAYDEN S FERRY RECORDS
This Austin singer-songwriter says Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, unashamedly influences him and others in that Texas mould and started writing some years ago. He said then all he wanted to do was write honest songs, and on this showing he fulfilled his ambition and then some. The songs are well played and well sung and he can now hang his coat alongside his heroes.10 tracks written by Scott, who also plays bass guitar throughout the recording, which runs for 41 minutes. Hank Cochran said of one song Hand It Over just reached out and grabbed me. The vocal is emotionally charged with different batteries for the different songs and styles included. It cuts right across the Americana music genre, and is shown off to perfection on the all-acoustic Sunday Social his current single, which hit No 5 on the Euro Charts in September. The bluesy Ballad of a Balladeer shows the experience he‘s gathered along the road to here. Special mention coming up for Chris Gage and Rob Gjersoe on guitars, (electric lead & rhythm and acoustics) while Mac McNabb plays Lead, National, acoustic, slide, 12 string, 6 string, Hammond organ, tambourine, electric piano, harmonica, shaker, and even finds time to produce, arrange mix and master the CD. Other musicians include Gfael Gayol on drums, Paul LeMond on Electric Guitar and David Abeyta on guitar.
I Can't Tarry Long; Make Ready; Hand It Over and especially Sunday Social do it for me. It's nice to be in at the start of what promises to be a long career. Contact via E-mail: - [email protected] or check out his site www.scottgibsonmusic.com

WYNONNA - WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE - CURB
You can only do so much by way of celebrating a 20th anniversary in the music business, a press release, a big party, release a new CD. Yes all of these, and then another party as you watch your new CD enter the Country charts at No 1 and the Pop Album charts at No 8. That‘s a celebration and a half, and Wynona just did all that with her latest. 14 songs (58 minutes) cutting across the country-middle of the road market where she has found her greatest successes. Power Ballads are her forte and her outstanding voice is one of the most recognisable nowadays. Along with guest Jeff Beck on I Want to Know What Love is (Yes! the Foreigner Hit), Wynonna could take this song back to the charts as a smash hit all over again. More soul on Flies on the Butter which takes Wynonna full circle with a guest appearance from (Mum) Naomi as they reform for one song as THE JUDDS, one of the last double decades most outstanding female duos. Heaven Help Me Sometimes I Feel Like Elvis and I Will Be has a power in her voice equal to and above any female vocalist on the charts today. She also shows she is ready to rock on a great version of Burning Love and (No one's gonna) Break Me Down. Wynonna will hopefully make more great recordings but I don't think she'll make one better than this.
OTHER TRACKS: What the world need now is love/ It all comes down to love / It s Only Love / Who am I supposed to love / Your day will come /You are / Rescue me.

KIRK DILLEN - A LITTLE AT A TIME - MMG RECORDS.
Kirk is a new name to me on the country scene and this CD is without doubt Country with a big C. Great voice singing an array of country songs from various songwriters in different styles. The mix includes ballads and a little swing, mid tempo shuffles, a touch of the blues and down home fiddle and steel. A native Texan who tours across Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado extensively, he made the journey to record in Nashville and I am sure he feels delighted with the result. 2 of the songs My Sugar and A Reason to Change have been released as single to the southwest markets and have both charted. This is his first solo CD, (10 songs 35 minutes) and makes a nice change to some of the so-called country releases today. Faultless production, great musicianship and overall a great CD to listen to. I loved the swing songs, My Sugar; Reason to Change and Contagious (great Lyle Lovett styling) and also the two Deryl Dodd s songs A Man You're not looking for and Outside Looking In (co-written with Kenny Beard). He shines vocally with an easy on the ear quality voice. It s a great debut and you can contact Kirk at via e-mail: -[email protected] or check out his web site there.
OTHER SONGS: - Too cool for horses/Knock Knock/Cold day in Houston/All Heaven breaks loose/A little at a time.

ANDREW DEAN - A NEW HORIZON - NITE SKY RECORDS
This is Andrew's 8th CD, a collection of country Gospel and inspirational songs in a contemporary country style, plus 2 in a bluegrass styling. This recording was recorded at the same sessions as the next Cd in the same studios and with all the same musicians. Andrew writes one song for this CD and arranges 2 others, Rhonnie Scheuerman/Jim Harmon write one other and the remaining 6 songs are written by Mark Kreis and Steven Kreis. Another fine collection and both Cds make for enjoyable listening. Check out www.niteskyrecords.com for contact details by e-mail plus some sound bites.
SONGS: -What have I found/I know who holds tomorrow / Grandma's piano bench / I'll be gone/As great as He wants me to be / Sow that seed for Jesus / We're just chips off the old rock / He's everything / Softly & tenderly.

ANDREW DEAN and the Farm Machine - THE HARVEST - NITE SKY RECORDS
Here's a secular new release from Andrew Dean from Ohio who has been recording since 1998 and this is his 9th release on CD. 8 original songs, plus one co- write with Donald Harlan and one song from Rhonnie Scheuerman / Terrance Allan makes this 10 song - 33 minutes CD a pleasure to listen to. Money Tree and Robbing Peter To Pay Pauline are fast paced fiddle and steel fun songs. He also includes the tearjerkers Tear Stained Paper and In My Memory, plus a few patriotic songs In A Mother's Eyes and Lonely Soldier, which I would also class as tearjerkers. The Farm Machine is his band/session player on these recordings making their contribution count on every note.
OTHER SONGS: -She's really gone/Baby's gotta boogie/Fixin to go home/out of my mind

SAM NEELY - SON OF THE SOUTH - TALIESYN
Sam was raised in Corpus Christi in Texas and fell into the music business in 1964 singing in a pop band doing Eagles, Beatles, Doors etc covers, until the band broke up in 1969.He started a solo career soon after and eventually signed to Capitol Records and Electra over the years. He notched up 13 Billboard singles in his career and even sang the closing songs on the last episode of M*A*S*H, as well as in movies. He has a long list of releases during his fruitful career, which is not finished yet. This CD has 10 songs and runs for 40 minutes. The songs are all written by Sam and they range from the powerful ballads here I am again and what is I Supposed to do to the up-tempo train songs Midnight Train, the patriotic and homely Son of the South, and the broken hearted The Note & Me. Sam voice is enjoyable to listen to and he has a good style and phrasing. The six musicians including Sam create a lovely country sound throughout the album and the backing never overshadows his voice. The backup singers include Lofton Kline originally with the Pozo Seco Singers (before Don Williams emerged as a solo star). Full details about Sam and his products are on the web at www.taliesyn.com.
OTHER TRACKS: -She ain't coming back/There's danger ahead /Love carries on/That s all I have to say (about that) /Call me.

THE DEAN DOBBINS BAND - VOL 2...DDB 011
Dean first came to attention of the European country fan through the Country Hot Disc. His first 2 singles entered the Euro Charts and Writers & Pickers made No 8. This CD is the continuation in their recording career as Dean says he's written 23 songs and they are all on the 2 Cds Vol 1 and this one Vol 2. The music is performed by the band with some guest musicians on some songs, Buddy Miller plays guitar on From the Hear, Tommy Spurlock guests on steel guitar on 6 of the songs, Danny Timms on piano on 4 of the songs, Greg Leisz on steel guitar and dobro on one song, David McKelvy plays harmonica on 3 songs and Doug Livingston guests on pedal steel and piano on 3 songs. Candy Lerman plays fiddle and duets on Don't Know Why. Yes it s a great fiddle and steel guitar country album with great songs, class production, quality presentation and deserving of great exposure and radio play leading to outstanding sales. His latest single One More For the Road is included. I hope to have Vol. 1 for review next issue. You can buy this outstanding album from www.deandobbins.com
OTHER SONGS: - Ain't no way / I can t keep lyin' to her/ The way true love really feels/Where there s a will there s a way/For as long as my heart can remember/Just a bottle of wine/I can t see the good on goodbye/Back to back.

THE SADLER DALE BAND - TIME IS A HEALER - SADLER-DALE MUSIC
In the summer of 2002 Steve Dale (vocal) and Jeff Sadler (Lead guitar) came together to form the band with Jim Condon on bass, Mark Duplessis on drums and BV and Allan Begg on electric & acoustic guitars mandolin and BV. They perform in the Greater London area and only perform their own material. Steve & Jeff write all the songs, and their first CD has seven tracks and runs 30 minutes plus. It s a great mix of contemporary alternate country guitar led music with the edge required by the alternate scene. This is not fiddle and steel country, hard to categorise, apart from just good songs well sung and well produced, from talented songwriters and classy musicians, who deserve success.
SONGS: -Time is a healer/Won't make the same mistake again/only a dream/the same inside/You/I m a lover now/Turn around.

THE SADLER DALE BAND - STANDING NEXT TO YOU - SADLER-DALE MUSIC
This could be called Part 2, another 7 songs (another 30 + minutes) from the same team and songwriters as above, this being the 2003 edition. I see no reason why they should not put both together for one 14 tracks CD but that's another story. They have chosen More Than You Have To Lose as their new single on the Country Hot Disc and hopefully this will reintroduce them to the European audience. Further details by e-mail from [email protected] or telephone 0208 390 6449
SONGS: - Standing next to you/more than you have to lose/next time for maybe/disposable days/Something has changed/Fingers in the pie/Stay beside me.

ROBERT MARTIN - WEATHER THE STORM - RODEO RECORDS VIA COMSTOCK RECORDS
Arkansas born & bred Doctor, ex pipeliner and part-time singer-songwriter Robert Martin makes a big impression with his debut album of 10 songs, 40 minutes of real country, from someone who could show the full timers how to do it country style. Good voice, classy country songs about real life in Arkansas, well produced, not over-cooked, with tender fiddle and steel guitar. Full marks to Steve Stewart who produced the CD along with playing Piano& Keyboards, bass, drums, acoustic & lead guitars and adds backing vocals in places. Todd Stewart, John Pinckares and Mark Gheen also play piano & keyboards while Robert Langford is outstanding playing fiddle and steel guitar. The CD was recorded, mastered and mixed in Fort Worth Texas. Robert writes all ten songs, 2 co-writes with Steve, (Heaven's Rodeo and Wind Up Doing Her Wrong), and one co-write with Casey Laws (Weather The Storm). He borrows Bobby Braddock's Would You Catch A Falling Star and adds new verses as a tribute to JT Mc Minn on the song Ode to JT and rounds the package off with another tribute song on Horses & Dominoes.
Lovely package and well presented. Visit his web site at www.sstewart.com/robertmartin/home_page.htm and get more details and have a listen. You won t be disappointed. Full marks to Comstock once again for letting me have the review copy.
OTHER SONGS: - Whole lotta lovin' /what loves all about / the good old days / When the blues come around / Call girl.

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