to another dose of country medicine from your friendly practitioner and
reviewer of all things “Good `n Country”.
This 20 track CD covers the years 1937 to 1942 when Gene was probably at the peak of his popularity both as a “silver screen cowboy” and “singing star”While much is made of his singing,and performing ,Gene`s songwriting ability was certainly overlooked,but on this outing his name is behind 13 of the songs.The distinctive Autry sound is very evident on every song here and its a treat to listen to it once again.Lovely fiddles and early steel guitar with rhythm section and guitars and sitting just behind the voice.You`ll love the easy listening songs with stories of lost love. cowboy sweethearts, nights on the lonesome trails and days on the never ending trails.As usual well presented,informative notes from Brian Golbey .It runs for 53 minutes and is available direct from the Archive Tel : 01304 205000 or at www.bacountrymusic.fsnet.co.uk
SONGS:We`ve come a long way together / Blue Montana Skies /There ain`t no use crying now / End of my roundup days / When I`m gone you`ll soon forget me / That little kid sister of mine / You waited too long / Little Pardner / I`m gonna round up my blues / I`m comin` home darling /There`s only one love in a lifetime / Sweethearts or Strangers / Angel Song / I guess I`ve been asleep / I`ll be true while you`re gone / Bible on the table / Don`t send me your love by mail / I don`t belong in your world / Sail along silv`ry moon / You are the light of my life
LISA O`KANE...AM I TOO BLUE...RAISIN` KANE MUSIC
Now heres a talent that recently exploded on the European scene with her first single release from her first album.”Little Black Cloud” was the song that started the ball rolling for Lisa O`Kane, taken from this album “Am I Too Blue”..The 1st single climbed to No 1 in just a few weeks,stayed at the top for 3,dropped to no 2 and stayed there for 4 weeks and has only just been replaced by her NEW single “My Sweet Love Ain`t Around” which is at NO 3 this week (24th Oct) and sure to reach No 1.The CD has 12 songs,the first and last written by Lisa while the remainder are basically covers,but with a difference .The song selection is great,Lucinda Williams poinent “Am I Too Blue” is followed by an exceptional cover of Hank Williams` “My Sweet Love Ain`t Around”.The folksy ballad Lovin` You Again is chased along by the fast paced K.T.Oslin song “Wall of Tears”,which in turn is followed by a gentle version of the John Prine ballad “All the Way With You”.Theres a haunting version of the Sandy Denny song “Like and Old Fashioned Waltz” which is contrasted in style by the old Bill Munroe classic” Old Cross Road is Waiting” Self financed and over a year in the making, this album was certainly worth that wait.The musicians are certainly never overstated, with mandolin, fiddle and acoustic instruments to the fore.The predominant feature on this CD is certainly Lisa`a voice,crisp and clear like a mountain spring,you could bottle it and sell it and they have done just that on this CD.Check out www.lisaokane.com or E-mail [email protected]
SONGS :Romance & Finance/Little Black Cloud/Am I Too Blue/My Sweet Love Ain`t Around/Pineola/Lovin`You Again/Wall of Tears/All the Way With You/Wanting Wanting You/Like an Old fashioned Waltz/The Valley.2.
DARREN BUSBY...YOU CAN`T WALK THIS ROAD ALONE...MJ MUSIC.
Here's another all British CD from the Mervyn J.Futter stable, and another “walk-away” winner.Theres 14 songs, running 49 + minutes.Theres 12 covers and 2 original songs written by Wayne Golden.Wayne also plays all the guitars, sings harmony with Maria Futter, plays drums and bass on all the tracks (except track 8), arranged all the songs and produces. The other musicians include Scott Newstead keyboards, Les Wright Steel guitar and Stuart Payne bass & drums on track 8. The songs are written by Hal Ketchum, Don Cook, Bob McDill, Bill Anderson, Rodney Crowell, Michael Martin Murphy, Merle Haggard, Eddie Raven, Bernie Taupin / Elton John song “Sad Songs and track 14 is “The American Trilogy”. The recording is top quality,well produced and overall a great listen.Darren`s voice wavers on the odd occasion but never detracts from the overall sound and quality.The future of country is certainly safe in this recent newcomers hands, and as a ballad singer he is outstanding.His warm personality endears him to his audiences and a bright future is promised .His single “If we can`t have forever” is at No 9 on the European Charts as I write.Come awards time I bet this CD is among the nominations and maybe the winners. It is available direct from www.mjmusicshop.co.uk
SONGS;You can`t walk this road alone--Old soldiers--This heart--When only love will do--You can`t take it with you--If we can`t have forever--The tips of my fingers--Loving all night--Land of enchantment--Only Heaven Knows--When the feeling goes away--Island--Sad Songs( say so much)--The American Trilogy.
CIRCUIT JUDGE...LAY OFF THE POP...MJ MUSIC.
Still with MJ-Music stable and its a poinant release,the last from the popular trio CIRCUIT JUDGE. Pat Judge, son Craig and Stuart Payne travelled all over the country singing their own brand of popular country songs for the listener and the dancer.They found a special place in the Line dancers hearts,but never deserted the country style that Pat has performed for many years.Sadly his passing came just as this Cd was completed and ready for release.Pat only sings 3 of the songs,while Craig sings the rest and it`s a pity he has now retired from the scene due to his Dad`s passing, as he had a bright future as a vocalist.The trio play all the instruments used on the CD between them,with Pat & Craig singing and playing acoustic guitars,and Stuart Payne excelling by playing ALL the remaining instruments. Gemma Fairwearher and Maria Futter sings harmony. Its a Circuit Judge/Mervyn J.Futter production, and another CD that the British Country Scene can be proud of.Its available direct from www.mjmusicshop.co.uk
SONGS; I just want to dance with you-Don`t try to find me-Live Laugh Love -Meanwhile-Loving all night-Vertical Expression-Deep in the heart of texas -Husbands & Wives-Take these chains /the bottle let me down--His latest flame--Blame it on texas -- Southbound train.
RAYBURN ANTHONY..SOMETHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY..TEXAMERICANA MUSIC
Country music fans in the UK will remember Rayburn Anthony from his touring back in the 80`s. A stylish vocalist and accomplished songwriter Rayburn started his career playing with Carl Perkins ,recorded at Sun Records, & toured with Billy Walker who had a country No 1 hit with Rayburn`s song “Sing Me A Sad Song For Baby”.He played bass and fronted bands for Bobby Bare & Melba Montgomery in the USA and Europe, recorded a duet with Kitty Wells, & was signed to Mercury Records at the same time as Reba McIntyre.(Iknow that fact because Rayburn introduced me to Reba with the comment ”heres a girl with a great future”(honest).His songs have been recorded by a host of country stars including Melba /Conway Twitty/Loretto Lynn/Charlie Pride/Jerry Lee Lewis/Vern Gosdin etc and I recorded 2 of his songs.This album was recorded inTexas using great musicians but its the songs that grab you.All 14 are co-written by Rayburn with Jerry Hunter.There`s great variety in style and sentiment .The subject matter runs the full spectrum, funny, sentimental,an elvis tribute,a little texas swing,big ballads,a tex mex flavoured tune,and even a rockabilly throwback.Country through and through with fiddles,dobro,steel piano and guitars and loaded with talent.Its available direct from: [email protected]
S ONGS:You can`t go wrong with love/The truth is you lied/Y-e-s-L-o-v-e/Don`t keep looking back/Betty Ruth/Thank God it`s monday/Guess what-guess again/Everything`s bigger in Texas/Pushin`/For a minute there/Why don`1t you shut up/Thank you -thank you very much/Women/The Auction.
WHITMAN..THE ONLY PLACE TO BE...SUNDOWN--TKO-MAGNUM RECORDS
ROGERS..THE WAY IT USED TO BE..SUNDOWN--TKO-MAGNUM RECORDS
STU STEVENS & MICK SMITH..WORDS OF YOUTH..ASH RECORDS.
KETCHUM..THE KING OF LOVE..CURB RECORDS.
EVANS...I`M COMIN` HOME..OSI RECORDS.
HILL...KEEP IT COUNTRY...RAM RECORDS.
BLUE..ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK..COUNTRY DISCOVERY RECORDS.
Thats the lot for this month, in fact for this year, sorry I wasn`t able to include more, but I`ll catch you the other side of a "Very Merry Christmas and a “Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year”.
As ever KEEP ON KEEPING IT COUNTRY,
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