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Monday 3 December 2018

Dec 2018

CHARLIE LANDSBOROUGH recently rounded off his 16 date farewell tour of Scotland, as he prepares to run down his touring schedule over the next year. To mark the tour, Charlie’s latest album, “The Attic Collection” (Lana Records) features re recordings of some of his best loved songs, as well as five new songs.
Several of the songs were recorded in Jim Donaldson’s Attic, thus giving the collection its title.
All but two of the songs, are Charlie’s own compositions. The exceptions include Mark Knopfler’s “Why Worry”, and a first time recording of Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice”.
Some of the songs are not his best known, but, obviously have special meaning for Charlie, enough for him to re-record them. They include ballads like the piano led “How Do You Do Those Things”, and the gentle lilting “Child Of Candlelight”.
Of the known songs, you’ll find new versions of “Part Of Me”, “Dance with Me” and “Heaven Knows”, which has some nice mandolin, which stands out for me.
Amongst the new songs is the mid tempo “Winter Without You”, the upbeat, reflective “Golden Days” and “How Rich I Really Am”, as well as the quick paced “Somewhere, Sometime”.
Charlie’s still sounding really on top form on this collection. It won’t be the last we hear from him. Although he’s cutting out the touring, he does intend to continue writing and recording.
In the meantime, this 20 track “The Attic Collection” is a great keepsake of the concerts we’ve enjoyed from the lovable scouser over the years.

WILL BANISTER has built up a solid following on this side of the Atlantic since he first appeared at the Wembley Festival back in 2012. The flame was reignited during his recent UK tour which included the Ayr Festival.
With three albums already to his credit, Rollercoaster Records, the label famed for its vintage Rock’n’Roll releases, have dug into the archives and released “Coverin’ Tracks – The Early Recordings”, a title that kinda tells it all.
Here is an early Will performing 11 Country classics, in a pure Country style, ranging from George Jones’ “The Race Is On” and Charley Pride’s “Is Anyone Going To San Antone” to slower ballads like Charlie Rich “Good Time Charlies Got The Blues” and Freddie Fender’s “Before The Next Teardrop Falls”.  There’s also a lovely version of the Keith Whitley hit, “Miami My Amy”. It’s 30 years next year since we lost Whitley, yet he is still inspiring today’s young traditionalists.
He also honours Moe Bandy with “Bandy The Rodeo Clown”, and goes back to the 40’s for Leon Payne’s “Teach Me To Forget”, done in more of a 60’s Merle Haggard styling. A later Haggard song, “The Seashores Of Old Mexico” also gets the Banister treatment.
It’s all superb stuff. Covers done with honesty and integrity. A nice mix, with known, but not overdone songs.
But that’s not all.
The CD also has 6 tracks recorded at the 2012 Wembley Festival, four of them self penned, including “Turned Her Onto Country” and “Give Me One Minute”, as well as a couple of classics, “Lovesick Blues” and “White Lightening”.
If you’ve been turned onto Will Banister, or just looking for some superb traditional Country, then this is an album that should be in your collection.

CONNIE SMITH is certainly a legend in Country music. She arrived on the scene in 1964, and had a number one with her debut single, Bill Anderson’s “Once a Day”. Although she never repeated that feat, she did go on to have almost 50 Chart hits, record 53 albums, marry Marty Stuart in 1997, and still performs today, most notably as one of the true Country legends on The Grand Ole Opry.
Now HumpHead Records honour Connie with “My Part Of Forever Vol 1 – The Ultimate Collection 1972-2018”.
Connie’s most successful period was with RCA, the label she was with between 1964-1972. Her hits from that period are widely available. This collection picks up from her switch to Columbia Records, and brings us right up to date. It’s material that is much harder to find, so this will be a real prize for fans of Connie, who came over to the Northern Nashville Festival in 2013.
Some of the tracks include “Aint Love A Good Thing”, “Dallas”, “I Still Feel The Same About You”, “When a House Is Not A Home”, “Aint You Ever Gonna Cry” and “How Long”, just to name a few.
Her last chart hit, which I still have on a vinyl single, was “A Far Cry From You”, which was written by Steve Earle. That song is featured here, as are songs from more recent Warner and Sugar Hill label projects. There’s even a brand new track, “I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name”, with Buck Trent, recorded earlier this year.
The 2 CD- 50 track collection, also features ten recordings from a session she did for the US Armed Forces Network. They include some of her biggest RCA hits, including “Once a Day”, “Just For What I Am” and “Cincinnati Ohio”, alongside gospel classics, “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”.
The CD package comes complete with a 24 page booklet with an excellent biography of the lady from Alan Cackett, as well as details of each songs original release. 

It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly 50 years since The New Seekers were hitting the pop charts around the world with hits like “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (used as a worldwide TV ad for Coca Cola) and “Beg, Steal Or Borrow”. Lead singer with the group back then was one EVE GRAHAM from Perthshire.
Eve recorded a Scottish album and a Christmas collection around 12 years back, and is back with a new collection, “A Matter Of Time” (Scotdisc). 
The album maintains Eve’s New Seekers connections. The project is produced by Australian born David Mackay, who was her producer all these years ago. In between times, he’s produced the likes of Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, The Bee Gees and Elaine Paige.
Several of the songs were written by David Mindel, a songwriter who began his career as a record plugger during The New Seekers heyday. One of them, “The Nashville Dream”, is a quirky fun number, although I’m sure the lyrics may be a bit close to home for many aspiring Music City songwriters. It captures, so well, the struggles of an aspiring songwriter in Music City.
Another Nashville connection is songwriter Angela Kaset, who has written some great songs for the likes of Suzy Bogguss, Linda Davis and Aaron Tippin. Angela’s biggest hit was “Something In Red”, recorded by Lorrie Morgan. Eve records a very nice version of the song on this album, alongside two more numbers written by Angela, “I Could Be The One”, which has quite a vintage New Seekers sound to it, and the fun “Turning Into My Mother”. 
There’a also a couple of songs penned by Muscle Shoals native Michael Anthony Curtis, including the celtic infused “When I Am No More” and the reflective “The Last Time”.
She does a nice version of Dougie McLean’s “Caledonia”.
The tracks which worked best for me include “Slipping Away” and the delicate “Catch The Wild Wind”, which closes the album. It’s really the stand out track for me.
Essentially, it’s a nice easy listening, middle of the road collection, and good to hear Eve still recording after all these years.

Next up is a Pennsylvianian singer songwriter, MARK WAYNE GLASMIRE, who has been around the music scene since 1982, when he released his first LP.
Now, six albums later, and having settled in Arlington, Texas, Mark is back with “Cant Be Denied” (Traceway Records), a 12 track collection of songs all written, or co-written by the man himself.
You may be familiar with Mark’s music, as he had a 9 week run at the top of the Country Hotdisc chart back in 2011 with a song called “I Like You”.
His music has been likened to The Eagles and Crosby Stills & Nash, and there is certainly that pop/folk influence running through the album.
The album kicks off with a couple of radio friendly, catchy numbers, including “I’ve Got A Feeling”, which certainly has that Eagles feel to it, and the title track. Other upbeat numbers include “Feel Your Love”, ”Out Of The Frying Pan” and the really strong driving beat of “Deep Inside My Heart”, which is the stand out track for me. “Without You” is a beautiful ballad which instantly appealed, and “This Too Shall Pass” is also a very pleasant ballad.
“Gone Too Soon” is a nice, reflective number, which recalls the love of a grandparent.
“Alysia” has a few different influences. There’s a bit of a gulf coast, Jimmy Buffett, influence, without losing the easy listening folksy feel to it. “Borderline”, by contrast, has quite a haunting feel to it.
The closing track, “Thru My Eyes” is an interesting lesson in life, with some thoughtful words in there.
Special mention for Mark’s sleevenotes, which he manages to include all the song titles. Something only a songwriter would do!
A really nice listen. Worth checking out!

STEPHANIE URBINA JONES brings a different sound to the Country classics on her new album, “Tularosa”.
In the past Stephanie has been best known for doing her own songs, and writing hits for others, including the title track to Lorrie Morgan’s  “Shakin’ Things Up”, and the No.1 hit “My Baby’s Got a Smile On Her Face” for “The Voice” winner Craig Wayne Boyd.
The San Antonio native picked up a lot of Latin vibes growing up, and after graduating from the University Of Texas, she continued her studies in Mexico, although her musical direction took her to Nashville.
Throughout her 6 album career, she has developed her own Tex Mex Sound, in much the same way as Freddie Fender did years ago. But this album takes her to new heights.
With a Mariachi band in tow, she has picked a number of real Country classics to give the latin treatment to. They include “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “Rose Garden”, “Tiger By The Tail” and “Is Anyone Going To San Antone”. There’s a few ballads too, like “Cold Cold Heart”, “Seven Spanish Angels”, “Silver Wings” and “For The Good Times”.
Add “Harper Valley PTA” and “You Aint Woman Enough” to the mix, and you get a real Mexican feel to the album. Normally, I’d be critical for the inclusion of such a collection of really well done numbers, but Stephanie has really done something different & creative with them (and they’re great for “guess the intro” competitions).
To top it all there are Spanish versions of “Jolene” and “Ring Of Fire”.

If bringing a Mexican sound to Nashville sounds strange, then bringing the sound of Hawaii to Scottish tunes may just exceed it.
DOUGIE STEVENSON has long been recognised as one of our premier steel guitar and dobro players, having been in Legend, and supported everyone from Boxcar Willie, Stella Parton & Billie Jo Spears to Sydney Devine, and scores of other artists.
Back in 1979, Dougie released a solo steel guitar album, “Steel On My Mind”. Now, 40 years on, comes the follow up, “Scottish Steel Guitar Chillout Album” (Scotdisc).
The title sums up the album. It’s a nice relaxing collection of Scottish anthems like “Dark Island”, “Over The Sea To Skye”, “Caledonia” and “Westering Home”, with the help of musicians like accordionist Stuart Anderson and Laura Beth Salter on mandolin.
I love the steel guitar sound, and enjoyed this collection, but this is more of a Scottish collection, rather than Country. But certainly one to chillout with. 

Readers will recall that LIZ CLARKE held her “Stetsons & Heels” show at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry earlier in the year. If you need a reminder of the night, check out her latest album, “A Night At The Opry”, which features many of the songs which were featured on the night.
Although her last album, “The Vanishing Breed” featured a few more original numbers, this album features a wide range of classic Country hits, which everyone will know, although not overdone.
Alongside “Coat Of Many Colours”, “Funny Face” and “Sing Me An Old Fashioned Song”, you’ll find more recent songs like “Suds In The Bucket” and “Girl Crush”.
And it’s not just female covers which Liz has picked up on. She also takes on Marty Stuart’s “Tempted”, and Dwight’s “Guitars, Cadillacs” and “Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose”.
Liz also teams up with Donnie Henderson for a duet on The Bellamy’s “I Need More Of You”.
And there’s a celtic twist too with Karl Denver’s “Voices Of The Highlands” and “Home To Donegal”, featured in the 20 track collection, which was recorded at Stealth Studio in Glasgow.
Liz has also just released her second duet single with Paul Jackson from Sunderland. Under the banner of “JACKSON & CLARKE”, the duo have delivered an original romantic ballad called “Loves Embrace”. Their previous collaboration was on an old Tim McGraw/Faith Hill song. This song could also have been from the Nashville couple. Paul & Liz deliver a really strong vocal, harmonising together beautifully. Be sure to check it out. 

RACHEL HARRINGTON is a singer songwriter from America’s North West, who has been building quite a following since she appeared on the scene in 2004. Around six years ago, she took a break from the music, a bit longer that she anticipated. She was recently back on a tour which included a few Scottish dates and will be back next summer when the plan is to have a new CD, “Hush The Wild Horses” released.
For her most recent tour, Rachel recorded an album of covers, “I Wish I Was In Austin”. It’s an acoustic set, recorded at home, with a minimal amount of instrumentation.
The title comes from Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues”. She also covers songs from inspirations like Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Townes Van Zante and Dave Alvin.
For Country fans, you’ll find her takes on Willie Nelson’s “All Of Me”, The Judds’ “Tears For You”, Randy Travis’ “On The Other Hand”, and “Those Memories Of You”, inspired by the Trio of Dolly, Linda & Emmylou.
Most of the songs are quite slow versions. The exception is Bob Dylan’s “Lonesome When You Go”, inspired by Shawn Colvin’s version, which is a bit more upbeat.
The album has a real songwriter’s acoustic feel to it. It really captures Rachel’s emotions to best effect.
The album will be available as a download @

TELLICO are an Asheville, North Carolina modern bluegrass quartet, who have cleverly embraced today’s Appalachian sound, and blended it with celtic influences from “the old country”.  Much of that sound may be down to Irish born, but Asheville based John Doyle, who produced the album, “Woven Waters” (Organic Records) just across the stateline in Johnson City, TN.
The vocals are shared between Virginia native Anya Hinkle and Mississippi born Greg Stiglets, with Jed Willis and Aaron Ballance providing mandolin, steel and dobro. All the songs were written by Anya & Greg.
Anya’s vocals hit you within seconds of the opening track, “Courage For The Morning”, a bright and breezy number which really won me over. Most of Anya’s numbers are quite uptempo, with the exception of “It’s Just Rain”, which is more midtempo, and the closing track, “Like November”, which is a beautiful ballad. 
Greg takes the lead vocally on “Palisades” and “Salsa” which are a bit slower, but just as effective.  “New Moon” starts slow and moody, before lifting the tempo.
When they combine their talents, both writing and vocally, like on the slower “Fill The Air”, they just blend together beautifully. 
I really liked both voices, and thoroughly enjoyed this album.

The Rankin Family were a Canadian institution back in the 90’s conjuring up a fresh celtic approach which also crossed over into Country music and other genres. Their albums have sold over 1.5 million copies. Tragedy struck in 2000, when John Morris was killed in a road accident in Cape Breton, and Raylene passed away in 2012 after a long battle with cancer. The remaining members continued with solo projects, and JIMMY RANKIN headed for Nashville, and went on to record half a dozen solo albums, many garnering Country awards and nominations from the CCMA, The Juno’s and East Coast Music Awards.
For his new solo effort, “Moving East” (True North), Jimmy has returned to his East Coast roots, with, perhaps a more folksy approach to his music.
Having said that, the album opens with the catchy “Loving You Never Gets Old”, which is a co-write with fellow Canadian Country singer songwriter Patricia Conroy. Also worthy of a mention is the jiving “Been Away” which really rekindles memories of that unique Rankins sound. “Turn That Boat Around” also has that old family band feel to it.
“No More I’ll Go Roving” is certainly more folky, but still has a Country feel to it.
“Thin Ice”, “The Rawleigh Man”, “Down At The Shore” and “Haul Away The Whale” have some infectious sea shanty style chants (which sound much more authentic than the chants that feature so often in today’s Nashville hits).
As the album moves on, the emotions run deeper. He doesn’t hold back with the language on “These Roads” (bearing in mind that he lost his brother in a road accident), and on “Highlander”, he traces the arrival from Scotland “three lifetimes ago”, and there’s a catchy set of fiddle reels to close out the album.
If you like your Country music on the Celtic edge, this one’s for you.

The Indigo Girls have found a niche in the market for their harmony laden folksy sound over the years. One half of the duo, AMY RAY has also pursued a solo career, with half a dozen albums released since the turn of the century. They’ve covered a wide spectrum, as her first album was labelled as “southern punk”. In contrast her new album, “Holler” (Daemon Records) is a really enjoyable Country album.
After a short instrumental prelude, the album bursts into life with “Sure Feels Good Anyway”, quite an upbeat rocky number, but most definitely Country.
“Last Taxi Fare”, is quite a melodic ballad, which features Vince Gill (who will be in Glasgow with the Eagles next July) and Brandi Carlisle on harmonies.
“Oh City Man” features some catchy banjo from Alison Brown, who is heard throughout the album, and Matt Smith’s pedal steel really adds to the closing anthem  “Didn’t Know A Damn Thing”.
“Sparrow’s Boogie” has a bit of everything from bluegrass overtones to jazz/funk influences. It’s a good upbeat number.
But the stand out track for me has to be “Tonight I’m Paying The Rent”, about playing at The Bluebird in Nashville. Recent Glasgow visitors, The Wood Brothers add harmonies to the track, but it’s the real honky tonk sound that really makes the track stand out.
“Jesus Is A Walking Man” is traditional bluegrass, featuring Rutha Mae Harris of The Freedom Singers
The title track is a delicate ballad, as is “Sparrow’s Lullaby” and “Bondsman (Evening in Missouri)” and I also enjoyed, the, oh, too short (only 1:06) “Old Lady Interlude”. “Fine With The Dark” is just Amy and her guitar.
This has to one of the most surprisingly good albums of the year. You cant pigeon hole Amy, except to put this CD in the excellent category.

THE JAYWALKERS are a refreshing trio of musicians from Chester, who seamlessly blend easy listening Country music, blazing bluegrass and traditional folk music. Jay Bradberry is the lead vocalist, fiddler & guitarist, ably supported by Lucille Williams on double bass and Mike Giverin on mandolins and guitars. “Time To Save The World” is the band’s fourth album, recorded in Bath with producer Josh Clark. The album features ten original tracks, one by Jay, and the others by Mike, and one cover, we’ll mention in a moment.
The opening cut track, “Homage To The Fromage” is the one tune written by Jay. It’s a fiddle instrumental.
“What Do I Know” has a nice mandolin intro, before Jay’s haunting vocals arrive on the scene. The tempo picks up into quite a catchy beat. It is one of the folk-ier numbers.
The other tracks include the fiddle laden “How Many Whiskeys”, a stone Country song, and the softer “(Please) Rescue Me”, and “This Is The One” which really highlights Jay’s lovely vocal range.
I also liked the more midtempo “Life I Choose”.
“Too Close For Comfort” is quite an interesting song, not quite fitting into any genre.
“Burnt Chilli Creek” is a foot tappin’ bluegrass instrumental.
“Set Me Free” has quite a jazzy feel to it, as did “This Time”, which blends nicely into the slow “End Of The World” instrumental.
The cover is Johnny Cash’s “Big River”, recorded “live” around a single microphone (and a bottle of wine).
I really enjoyed this album. I like Jay’s vocal style, and the instrumentation was just spot on.

Back in April we reviewed a debut album, at the age of 81, by Lancashire raised GARETH OWEN.
Gareth has wasted no more time getting his second album, “I’m Out Of This Place” recorded and released.
Throughout his life, Gareth has been involved in poetry, having several volumes of his work published, and was the presenter of the BBC’s long running “Poetry Please” series. He also wrote numerous BBC plays and short stories.
With a lifetime of experience to put into song, Gareth has come up with 10 new tracks.
Centrepiece of the album is “Waltzing Kid”, where “Part 1” opens the album, “Part 2”, half way through and “Raise a Glass” later in the album. The tracks recreate images of the old west, with some lovely harmonies from SJ Mortimer.
Elsewhere, “Ribbon of Sky Blue Lace” has an emotional spoken intro, leading into a lovely soft number.
“The Preacher” also conjures up an old west image. 
A number of girls get a song check, including “Julie”, “Marie” and “Rosalita”.
The album rounds off with a party with a Tom T Hall sounding “Happy With That”. I’d be too.
A really nice album. Really easy listening stuff.

GARRICK RAWLINGS is a real well travelled singer songwriter, born in Wichita, Kansas, raised in Michigan, and now calls Arizona home, having detoured via California, Indiana and Chicago. He served as road manager for Rambling Jack Elliott, so he knows the road.
These days he plays all over America’s vast South West, and has just released his self titled second album (Peloponnese Records), the follow up to his “Million Miles” garage recording 15 years ago.
He covers quite an array of styles throughout the album.
The album kicks off with “I Want To Run Away”, a bouncy upbeat number, which got me interested right away.
“Lost In Time” is a jolly upbeat catchy number, as are “Friend Of The Devil” and “I Don’t Care What You Say”.
On a slower note, there’s the steel laden “Whiskey, Cryin’, Pain…”
“Lights Of Marfa” and “Lincoln Penny” are delivered in more of a story ballad style.
“Eye Of A Thief” is much the same, but more spoken than sung. “Million Miles” gets revisited 15 years on. It’s a bit heavier than the other tracks, with a quite a haunting delivery.
Perla Batalla, who sang, wrote & toured with Leonard Cohen, makes an appearance on “No Tengo Palabras”, which means “I Have No Words”. Their vocals harmonise well together, and the half Spanish/half English arrangements really work.
Elsewhere Jiami Lyn Shuey and Paul Marshall (I See Hawks in LA) provide some really influencial harmonies.
The whole project was produced by Rick Shea at studios in Arizona and California.
It’s a really nice listen. Check it out!

THE FOGHORN STRINGBAND are a quartet of quality bluegrass musicians from Oregon, Minnesota  and Quebec. The band originally formed back in 2000, and with several line up changes, and eight albums before them, they have now released their 9th album, “Rock Island Grange”, named after the historic Grange Hall on Orcas Island in Washington State, where the album was recorded. 
Their line up of girls Reeb Willms and Nadine Landry, with male counterparts Stephen Lind, and founder member Caleb Klauder, are considered the gold standard in old time American string band music, so could be considered the Abba of Old Time Bluegrass!
Many of the tracks are instrumental fiddle tunes.
There are some nice old timey songs, including “Pretty Fair Miss Out In The Garden”, “The Violet And The Rose” and Hazel Dickens’ “Only The Lonely”.
They also revisit a few old time foot tappin’ Carter Family favourites, “Lonesome Homesick Blues”, “Lonesome Valley” and “Give Me The Roses”.
There are 19 tracks on the CD, giving great value for money, but let it run and five are encored.
The CD sleeve folds out as well, with some nice stories about the tunes and songs.
They are an acquired taste. But if you like old time bluegrass music, these folks just do it so well.

BEN DE LA COUR hails originally from Brooklyn, where he was playing dive bars ten years before he was legally allowed inside them, but is now based down in Nashville, having arrived via LA & New Orleans.
His latest album, “The High Cost Of Living Strange” (Flour Sack Cape Records), which Ben labels as “Americanoir” is eight tracks of interesting stories and observations.
The title track, which closes the CD, has quite a heavy rock, thick smoke, feel to it, but it’s not representative of the album, as a whole.
The project kicks off with the light and bouncy “Dixie Crystals”. Later, “Face Down Penny” is quite a catchy upbeat number.
The fine line between life and death is picked up in quite a light hearted way on “Just Like The Blues”, with lines like “one foot on the pedal, one foot in the grave”. Quite a catchy number.
He does a bit of name dropping throughout the album, with the slow “Guy Clark’s Fiddle” standing out. “Uncle Boudreaux Went To Texas”, a slow story ballad mentions Waylon, Willie and Townes Van Zante. I love the simple, but effective accordion from Jeff Lisenby on this track.
“Tupelo” is a slow haunting number, which has echoes of Elvis and “Black Velvet”. It’s dark and moody, but really effective.
Stand out track though has to be “Company Town”, the sad story of places, where the work has all dried up and the people scrape by.
It’s an interesting album, well performed, and worth a listen.

Next up, we have some Canadian roots music, courtesy of Yukon based GORDIE TENTREES & JAXON HALDANE, whose major influence is fellow countryman Fred Eaglesmith. With 600 concerts in 11 countries under their belts, since starting to perform together in 2014, the duo release their album , “GRIT” (Greywood Records) early in the new year, ahead of a UK tour, which includes a number of Scottish dates.
The album is a real touring live album, being recorded over 5 nights in 5 different Western Canadian venues. There are original numbers, mainly from the pen of Tentrees,  a co-write with hero Eaglesmith, and the now legendary “Willie’s Diamond Joe”, written by Willie P Bennett.
Their music crosses from folk to blues, from bluegrass to Country. 
The banjo really comes out on “No Integrity Man” and “Sideman Blues”, but it’s really the slow & moody train song “29 Loads Of Freight”, and the harmony driven “Bottleneck To Wire” which were the stand out tracks for me.

Finally this time, KAZ MURPHY is a New Jersey raised singer songwriter, whose 4th album, “Ride Out The Storm” gets a UK release just after the new year. He first picked up the guitar at age 13, and had written over 100 songs by the time he graduated from high school.
He has been part of the music scene for the past 40 years, building up recognition as a storyteller.
Many storytelling singer songwriters have quite an acoustic sound on their records, but this album has quite a strong, driving instrumentation style to compliment Kaz’ vocals, which reminded me of an early Ian Tyson or John Stewart.
All the songs are self penned, and in the main, quite upbeat. Notable titles include “Thunderhead”, “Somebody Could Be Me”, “Stella Rae” and the closing track, “Rise Me Up”.
The opening track, “When People Together” and “Forget About The World Tonight” are rare ballads on the album.
“Where You Come From” has quite a haunting feel to it.
But the tracks which won me included “Blue Devil Sky”, which is the most straight Country track on the album. I also liked the spoken intro into “Soft Heart”.
A bit different this one, but certainly worth checking out.

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