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RATINGS GUIDE: 10 Excellent, 9 Very Good Indeed, 8 Very Good, 7 Impressive, 6 Good, 5 Average, 4 Fair, 3 Below Average, 2 Disappointing, 1 Poor
     
RANDY THOMPSON - "COLLECTED" JODY JENKINS - CARS, BARS AND GUITARS JACK HIGGINBOTHAM - ROOTS

Metro Country Rating:

9

TRACKS: SONGBIRD, UNKNOWN ZONE, DON'T YOU REMEMBER, GOIN' DOWN TO LYNCHBURG TOWN, HEART OF STONE, OL' 97, ROCKSALT & NAILS, YOU CAN'T TALK TO ME LIKE THAT, TWANG THIS, THAT'S NOT ME, ONE GUITAR, WEARIN' BLUE, SOUND OF THE RAIN, MOLLY & TENBROOKS, BRING ON DOWN THE RAIN.

Thompson, who resides in the small town of Clifton, Virginia, released
his 1998 debut, Wearin' Blue, to widespread critical raves, while his 2004 sophomore release 'That's Not Me' generated significant national and international airplay, debuting at No. 1 on the European Hotdisc Radio chart and reaching top 40 on national Americana, Country, and Roots Rock charts.

The release of the album 'Further On’ in 2008 was instantly picked up by hundreds of radio stations, both Americana and Country, all over the US, Europe and Australia and spawned three more top 5 Hotdisc singles. The album opened many new doors for the artist including, European tours, national television and a movie soundtrack appearance.

This new CD, ‘Collected’ released in the US and Europe on Jan 3rd 2012 is a compilation of 15 tracks recorded over the last 13 years. It includes 3 newly released tracks, "Goin' Down To Lynchburg Town", "One Guitar" and "You Can't Talk To Me Like That", the unreleased "Bring On Down The Rain" and 11 others taken from all three top 40 Americana releases. The album includes 8 European Hotdisc top 10 singles and a top 40 American country single ‘Sound Of The Rain’.

Randy's music is what I would call, modern, Outlaw country at it's very best! Randy himself is resistant to pigeonholes but call it Country, call it Roots music, call it Americana; in the end it's the sound of Randy Thompson and "Collected" is a fine introduction to someone who has quickly become one of my very favourite artist's on the Independent country music scene. Randy Thompson really is, "the real deal"!!

Make a visit to his website, take a listen to his music and watch some of his video's. I guarantee, you'll be glad you did! RG

Website: www.randythompson.net
E:Mail Randyct@aol.com
BOB LIVINGSTON - GYPSY ALIBI

Metro Country Rating:

7

TRACKS: RUBY'S SHOES, COUNTRY WESTERN SWING, I CAN'T SLEEP TONIGHT, DANCE LIKE IT'S A HOLIDAY, ANDROIDS LAMENT, MIDDLE AGES ROCKABILLY BLUES,'TILL DEATH US DO PART,GHOST OF VICKSBURG, BLIND LOVE, OKLAHOMA GIRL, GYPSY ALIBI, ANDROID RETURNS,. BONUS TRACK: NOT FADE AWAY.

Singer-songwriter BOB LIVINGSTON was a founder member of Austin's legendary Lost Gonzo Band, performing and recording with such greats as Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey and Ray Wylie Hubbard. He also played an integral role in creating the music that first earned Austin the designation of 'Live Music Capital of the World'. 

Hailing originally from Lubbock, Texas, his interests were more 'Cosmic' than 'Cowboy' and prompted him to delve into the music and mysteries of many cultures.

With this, his Texas Music Awards winner, Gypsy Alibi, Livingston presents a mixed bag of Texas music at it's best with folk-rock (I Can't Sleep Tonight), Americana (Gypsy Alibi), Western Swing (Country Western Swing), Country ('til Death Us Do Part), Yodelling Cowboy Swing (Oklahoma Girl), the folk lament of (Ruby's Shoes) and Rockabilly (Middle Age Rockabilly Blues) among others. The album was co-produced by Livingston with Lloyd Maines.

A very enjoyable listen. RG

Website: www.stewartmgmt.com
E:Mail:
stewartmgmt@earthlink.net

LORRIE SINGER & BRADLEY KOPP
"A DEEP OASIS"

 

Metro Country Rating: 8

TRACKS: RADIO CAR, EYE OF A NEEDLE, COWGIRL SOUVENIR,RICH MAN'S LIFE, UNCLE BEN'S HOUSE, AMERICA WALKING BY,CAIN'S BLOOD, FIVE DAYS IN HOUSTON, THE SAVAGE WAYS OF MAN, WORLD OF ILLUSION, THE EASY PART, WHERE'D ALL THE MONEY GO, BREAKFAST IN BED.
Bradley Kopp: guitarist gun-for-hire, record producer and engineer, with extensive credits under all three categories. Lorrie Singer: vocalist fronting a 9-piece show band, songwriter, session singer, voice actor and backup singer for other artists. Together they're a husband/wife duo in the mold of other husband/wife pairings such as Buddy & Julie Miller, and Steve Earle & Allison Moorer.

Their latest effort A DEEP OASIS presents nine original songs, and four covers from master recording artist and songwriter Iain Matthews (Matthews Southern Comfort, Fairport Convention), who co-produced this CD with them and is featured generously throughout.Being my first chance to hear the music of Lorrie Singer and Bradley Kopp I didn't know what to expect as the cover didn't really give any clues. But as soon as I heard these two voices open on the bluesy "Radio Car" I knew I was in for something special. The two go together perfectly and there is excellent guitar work from Bradley Kopp.Enlisting support from an extensive network of top session players on the Austin music scene, including; Glenn Fukunaga (Dixies Chicks, Joe Ely), Paul Pearcy (Tish Hinajosa, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The Lost Gonzo Band), Joel Guzman (two time Latin Grammy Winner), David Webb (Mason Dixon, Jimmy LaFave, Pierce Pettis), Michael Wooten (Carole King, Navarro, Leftover Salmon) and Phil Bass (Monte Montgomery, Joel Guzman & Sarah Fox), the album contains "A DEEP OASIS" of sounds and styles, blending soul with folk and country.If you want to rock, take a listen to "Eye Of A Needle", "Uncle Ben's House", "Five Days In Houston" or the fast and furious "Where'd All The Money Go".For slower fare there's the excellent Folk/Ballad "Cowgirl Souvenier" a song penned by Kopp and Singer along with producer Iain Mathews. Another fine ballad is "Savage Ways Of Man" another penned by the trio, while Mary Chapin Carpenter comes to mind on "America Walking By". "World Of Illusion" takes me back to the 60's with it's Bluesy/Folk feel as does "Breakfast In Bed" even though it's the 70's that are mentioned in this mid-paced Folk/Pop tune.I could go on but with more Folk and a good dollop of Country plus a fine rendition of "Cain's Blood", this is one mighty fine album.

Check It Out!! RG

Website: www.LorrieSingerBradleyKopp.com
E:Mail: rrootsr@gmail.com
ALAN WEST - THE WAY OF THE WORLD

Metro Country Rating:

9

TRACKS: 1. THE BIG FREEZE 2.STICK AROUND AWHILE 3.WASILLA 4.THE WORLD THAT'S LOST 5.YOUR NAME 6.I'M NOT OVER YOU 7.HOW MUCH TIME 8.LINE IN THE SAND 9.DEVIL OR AN ANGEL 10.YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN 11.KEEP THE SPIRIT 12.THE WAY OF THE WORLD

ALAN WEST'S deep passion for Country music has been with him since the age of six and, over the last three decades, he has gone on to establish himself as one of the UK's finest country singers, songwriters and performers.

"West and Elliott" was to provide Alan with his first real taste of success having won the British Country Music Association award for "UK's Finest Duo" two years running as well as receiving the "Album of the Year" for their debut album "The All Day Session". Since the duo went their separate ways Alan has gone on to record two solo CD's, the first of which was recorded in Nashville.

Having worked with U.K. songwriter Steve Black for a number of years, the decision to record a CD of Steve's songs was an easy one and "The Way Of The World" which includes guest appearances by Albert Lee and Sarah Jory is a very fine second. Well worth checking out!!

Rido Records - Cat. No RR00000013

Website: www.ridol·records.com
E:Mail: frontieruk@btconnect.com
RAY SANDERS - FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY

Metro Country Rating:

7

TRACKS: 1.FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY 2.WALK ON BY 3.OLD YELLOW ROSE 4.CRAZY ARMS 5.HEART OVER MIND 6.UNDER YOUR SPELL AGAIN 7.YOU BELONG TO ME 8.I'VE GOT A NEW HEARTACHE 9.OUT OF A HONKY TONK 10.HEART FULL OF HURTIN' 11.LONESTAR LADIES 12.HE DIDN'T BECOME FAMOUS FOR HIS SONG13. CALL OF THE WILD 14.MANSION ON THE HILL 15.I'M TOO USED TO LOVING YOU 16.LONELYVILLE 17.SINGING THE BLUES 18.TODAY I STARTED LOVING YOU AGAIN 19.FOOL SUCH AS I 20.IT WAS ALWAYS OUR SONG

This cd is a mix of new, previously unrecorded songs and old classics including several great Ray Price covers, whom Ray toured and sang harmony with for several years. The cd includes "Lonelyville" which was a Top 20 Billboard Hit and Top 10 Cashbox Magazine hit for Ray years ago.

Ray has a fine voice and is a good singer in his own right, doing real justice to the 20 songs on this album.

Well recommended!

CDs are currently available at:
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Metro Country Rating:

9

TRACKS: BAFFIN BAY, PARTY ON, BRINGS BACK AMARILLO *, FAVORITE STAR, SO GOOD WHEN SHE'S BAD, CARS, BARS AND GUITARS, RUNNIN' BEER DRINKIN' PEOPLE, SHE, SOMETHIN' 'BOUT A CAR, BOY'S NIGHT OUT *

San Antonio native, Jody Jenkins, is carrying on a family tradition. Jody’s grandfather taught Jody’s dad, Bobby to play guitar and Bobby passed the love of music on to Jody, who is now fronting his hometown band, The Jody Jenkins Band.

Jody released his debut cd, "DANCIN' THE NIGHT AWAY" in 1999, and followed it with "UNDER A TEXAS MOON", which received extensive radio play across the U.S. and also internationally.  Now comes Jody's latest album, "CARS, BARS AND GUITARS", from which two singles, "Boy's Night Out," and "Brings Back  Amarillo," both hit the Top 40 in the Texas Charts.

For me, there isn't a single bad track on this album, although, if I had to pick any personal favourites they would be the rip roaring "Beer Drinkin' People" with it's all join in sing-a-long finish, the wonderful "Bring Back Amarillo", the two steppin' "So Good When She's Bad", the sad "Favourite Star" and my favourite track on the album, "She" a song that could just have come off a Brooks and Dunn cd. Wonderful!

Married and the father of two sons, Jody is keeping his fingers on the strings, writing, recording, and performing and who knows, maybe we might be lucky enough to see him over here in the U.K. sometime. That would be something worth looking forward to. RG

Website: http://jodyjenkins.com/
E:Mail: rjenjjen@aol.com
RED JENKINS - HANK AND JACK

Metro Country Rating:

7

TRACKS: JACK DANIELS (w Becky Hobbs) WHAT SHE DON'T KNOW WON'T HURT HER (w Ernie Rowell) HONKY TONKS ARE THE SAME ALL OVER (w Dennis Adkins) HANK AND JACK (w Dawn Sears) GO BACK TO WORK (w Dean Dillon) I CRAWL INSIDE THE BOTTLE (w Dawn Sears) SHE STILL LOOKS GOOD IN A HONKY TONK (w Ron Williams) A BIBLE AND A SIX-PACK (w Becky Hobbs) GEORGE JONES AND JESUS (w Lance Miller) THREE NICKELS AND A DIME (w Leona Williams)

Singer/songwriter Red Jenkins is one of Sweden´s real pioneers in country music with more than 40 years in the business. He has been in the Swedish charts and has appeared on country music shows on TV whiles't also touring extensively with Swedish as well as international artists and performing on some of the most famous stages in Nashville and Texas.

Red is a prolific songwriter, and he learned this trade hanging out with his mentor Frank Dycus and writers like Al Gore and Dean Dillon when on trips to the U.S. He specializes in honky tonk music and has recorded many albums since his debut in the sixties. His first American recording session took place in Marty Robbins´ studio in 1979 with the help of master songwriter Frank Dycus, then in 1983 he recorded another album, this time in the RCA studios, again with Dycus and with steel player Sonny Garrish as producer. Since then he has recorded several times in Nashville as well as in Texas.

In January 2007 Red released two critically-acclaimed albums of duets with American artists - one produced in Nashville by singer/songwriter Billy Yates and the other recorded in San Antonio, Texas with ex Johnny Bush bass player Bill Green as producer. The Nashville album, "The Bartender (It´s All on the Jukebox)", contains duets with superstars like Ed Bruce and Melba Montgomery, and on the Texas CD, "Neon Bible", Red is joined by Texas legends like Charlie Walker, Johnny Bush and Augie Meyers.

For the new album "Hank & Jack", Red calls on the services of some of Nashville's finest with Becky Hobbs joining Red for "A Bible and a Sixpack" and some "Jack Daniels" while Dawn Sears also comes in for two with the title track "Hank and Jack" and "I Crawl Inside The Bottle". Leona Williams lends her lovely vocals to "Three Nickels and a Dime" while her son Ron also gets in on the act as he joins Red for "She Still Looks Good In A Honky Tonk". Ace singer/songwriters Dean Dillon and Denis Adkins are also called on for some help with "Go Back To Work" and "Honky Tonks Are The Same All Over" respectively while there's also help from Ernie Rowell on the wonderful "What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her. Ron Williams joins him for "She Still Looks Good In A Honky Tonk" and coming right up to date Lance Miller sings with Red on his song "George Jones And Jesus".

"Hank And Jack" is a cd of traditional country music with some great songs, perfomed by Red with the addition of some of the finest that Nashville can provide. It's an album that I can't help playing over and over again, it's that good! Get over to sites like CD Baby, and Amazon, where you can take a listen and then buy a copy for yourself. You won't be disappointed. RG

Website: http://redjenkins.com/index.php
CODIE PREVOST - GET LOUD

Metro Country Rating: 6

TRACKS: ROLLING BACK TO YOU, HONKY TONK GROUPIE, GET LOUD, I'M OKAY, STANDING STILL, CRUISING SONG, FROM WHERE I STAND, YOU'VE GOT WHAT GETS ME, FINISH WHAT HE STARTED, HOW TO FORGET, FAMOUS. BONUS TRACK: COTTON EYED JOE.

Following his first two albums "The Road Ahead" (2005) and "Spin 6-PAK Vol. I" (2008), both which have been honored with accolades, Codie Prevost has now launched his highly-anticipated third album, "GET LOUD". A change for Prevost this time around was having the opportunity to work with one of Canada's top producers, Tom McKillip in Vancouver. McKillip says "Codie has all the ingredients to be the next Canadian country music star on the scene. and havened listened to all his work, I would probably have to agree with him. GET LOUD is a collection of self penned material mixed with songs by some of the top Nashville writers with LOUD certainly being the operative word here. The album opens with "Rolling Back To You" a certain winner written by Reggie Hamm/Luke Brown/Chuck Butler that was released as a CMT single/video and can be found on UTube The rockin' get heavier as he falls for a "Honky Tonk Groupie" and this could definitely be considered as a follow up single. Standout track on the album for me is the love ballad "From Where I Stand" a co-write with Adam Wheeler that could be a potential new wedding song and and I also like "I'm Okay", a song written for a friend who was having a hard time dealing with the loss of her brother. This one also penned with Adam Wheeler.The album closes with a brilliant version of "Cotton Eyed Joe" which includes a guest appearance by Katie Love Hess. Guaranteed to fill any dance floor this probably has to be one of the best versions of the song that I have ever heard. This is included as a bonus track on the album.

"GET LOUD" is a lot heavier than his previous work and for me, not as good as his first album "The Road Ahead" but, Codie himself once said that he didn't know if he was necessarily pushing the boundaries of country music, but that he was continually evolving and felt that he'd evolved as an artist with “Get Loud”. RG

Website: www.codieprevost.com
E:Mail: al@codieprevost.com
R.W. HAMPTON
OKLAHOMA... WHERE THE WEST REMAINS

Metro Country Rating:
8

TRACKS: 1.WHERE THE WEST REMAINS: OVERTURE 2.INTRO TO THE STORY 3.WHERE THE WEST REMAINS 4.BEFORE TH -E JOURNEY 5.THE JOURNEY 6.RUN OF THE CHEROKEE OUTLET 7.NATIVE PEOPLES 8.WORDS ON TALKING LEAVES 9.KEEPER OF THE PLAINS 10.UP THE TRAIL TO KANSAS 11.A COWBOY I WILL STAY 12.WICK DOSS 13.WISH I’D STAYED IN JAIL 14.COWBOYS 15.101 RANCH COWBOY 16.ALWAYS THE WEATHER 17.DUSTY SKIES 18.WHAT BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY 19.OKLAHOMA HILLS 20.FAITH 21.ON JORDAN’S STORMY BANKS 22.IT’S WORTH COMING HOME 23.OKLAHOMA TOWNS 24.BOB WILLS 25.WE’VE TAKEN BOB BACK TO TULSA 26.LEGENDS & ICONS 27.WILL ROGERS’ LAST FLIGHT 28.THE BEAUTY OF THE STATE 29.THE EVERLASTING HILLS OF OKLAHOMA 30.FREEDOM ISN’T FREE 31.FOR THE FREEDOM 32.WHERE THE WEST REMAINS: 33.BONUS TRACK: WHERE THE WEST REMAINS

The story of Oklahoma is the story of the West. R.W. brings that history alive in this 33 track, one hour and eight minute journey in story and song commemorating the 2007 Centennial of Oklahoma’s statehood.

"Oklahoma . . . . Where The West Remains!" takes the listener on a hundred-year musical and factual journey, visiting the Native Americans, Buffalo Soldiers, Cattle Drovers, Ranch Hands, Settlers and Seekers, Industrialists and Artisans, Cowboys and Characters that formed the fabric of the Sooner State as R.W. sings of the people, places and spirit that made up – and continue to make up - America's West.

R.W.’s rich baritone voice is complimented by the authentic cowboy band arrangements of guitar virtuoso and album producer Rich O' Brien and the lush orchestrations of the Enid, Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra.

2008 Western Heritage Award winner, Outstanding Traditional Western Album (National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum)

Website: www.rwhampton.com
E:Mail
cdorders@bacavalley.com

 

Metro Country Rating:

7

TRACKS: SMALL TOWN KID, WON'T LET GO, ONE AND ONLY GIRL, REMEMBER THEIR NAMES, WHISKEY DRINKIN' MAN, BETTER THAN BEING IN LOVE WITH YOU, IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE, HATE TO SEE HER GO, TONGUE TIED.

Jack’s passion for music started at the age of 13, singing in youth groups, later picking up his first guitar at 16.

Growing up his biggest influences were artists such as Garth Brooks, Dan Seals, Doug Stone, Rhett Akins, Doug Supernaw, George Strait, and the like. As Jack got older, artists such as Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, and others also influenced his songwriting, something that Jack would never seem to have enough notebooks for. Now, at the age of 25 Jack is on his third year of a music career and is playing six to ten dates a month. In his short career he has already shared the stage with various Texas Artists such as Charlie Robison and Granger Smith and in early 2010, put out an album that began as a demo project with his present producer, Glenn Shankle. Jack's sophomore album "Roots", contains 9 tracks, opening with "Small Town Kid". And straight away his hard, rugged vocals remind me of Gary Allan as he tells of, possibly, his own story growing up in a small Texas town. Other standout tracks include the honky tonkin' story of a modern day cowboy "Won't Let Go", the catchy two stepper "Whiskey Drinkin' Man", the fast paced "Better Than Being In Love With You" and the closing "Tongue Tied".

"ROOTS" is a fine album and I am sure it will start this highly talented young man on the road to much success in this business. RG

Website: http://www.jackhiggmusic.com/
E:Mail:
RRootsr@gmail.com
THE STEVEN L. SMITH BAND - PIECES

 

Metro Country Rating: 7

TRACKS: :LIVE FREE, OLD HILLBILLY, CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, TRUCK SEAT ANGEL, FREEBIRD FLY, ROADHOUSE, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE, BAKERSFIELD, I'LL COME RUNNING, FUNNV HOW IT ALL WORKS OUT, ROLAND, BIG BOSS MAN, ROLL THE NIGHT AWAY, PIECES. BONUS TRACK: "CALIFORNIA JANE" IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AT:www.slsmith.info

With "Outside of Tupelo" remaining on the charts for over 6 months, "Pieces," was created to stretch the bounderies of traditional music and expand on the themes set forth in his previous work.

With this album, Steven brings his band The Steven L. Smith Band into the studio with him for the first time, providing that live on-stage jam band sound that the band has become noted for and in addition, Steven had the distinct pleasure of seeking out such luminaries to perform on the album as Crystal Gayle, Jimmy Van Zant, and Joe Bonsall.

Crystal sings on the track, "Can't Take It With You" and I must admit, although she is in good voice and the song is excellent, it took a bit of getting used to hearing her sing on a rock track like this. Jimmy Van Zandt is also to be found in good voice when he lends a hand on the hard rockin' "Roadhouse".

Opening up with a very funky 60's/70's sounding "Live Free", I wasn't sure what I was in for here but things improved when they moved into the Chuck Berry like intro for "Old Hillbilly". David Allan Coe comes into mind on "Freebird Fly", a wonderful song that has him evoking memories of times gone by.

The Steven L. Smith band is based out of the Adirondack area of upper New York state but sound like they come from much further south than that. Singer/songwriter Steve has a strong, soulful voice and his reverence for Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm and Johnny Cash is strongly evident throughout this album. In fact, more artists come into mind as I go through this album. People like T. Graham Brown who might pick up on "I'll Come Running" and Bruce Hornsby on "Can't Take It With You" and maybe "Funny How It All Works Out".

Steven's writing and live performance has been compared to legends from Michael Martin Murphey, Lynyrd Skynyrd and John Mellencamp and they are certainly very evident on this album

The band is planning on an extensive European and US tour over the next 12 months, and is already getting airplay on both sides of the pond. They could be well worth checking out! Any U.K. dates will be on this site when I have them. RG

Website: www.slsmith.info
E:Mail: bob@bobbenderproductions.com
LOUIS JOHNSON - OLD FRIEND

Metro Country
Rating:

10

TRACKS: SOME DAY, OLD FRIEND, LIFE ON THE BAYOU, OUTSKIRTS OF HELL, ROSARY, I'LL FALL APART, IS SHE YOUR MEMORY OR MINE, 1953, SOME MORNING, I AIN'T SAYING SORRY, STANDING AT THE CROSSROADS.

The songs on Old Friend are glimpses into moments from Louis Johnson's life, including his days of mining in the Black Hills of South Dakota, making cross country runs to Juarez, Mexico, and eventually finding a path to freedom by way of a clean and sober approach to dealing with his demons. Like Louis says in one of his songs, "the battle's all over, I have scars but I'm free". Louis Johnson now makes his home in Austin, Texas.

The recording of Louis Johnson's Old Friend began on the Alabama Gulf Coast with Anthony Crawford (Neil Young's band mate) recording Louis' guitar and vocals for the 11 songs in an hour and a half in Crawford's living room. Those guitar and vocal tracks are the unaltered one-take versions on the CD.

The songs were then taken to Austin, TX, first to Bradley Kopp's Red Boot Ranch Studios where Kopp added his signature acoustic lead guitar sound to a few of them, then to Chris Gage's MoonHouse Studios where Gage added piano, B3 organ, dobro, accordion, mandolin, and baritone guitar. Austin's renowned trumpet player, Ephraim Owens then sweetened two tracks, while Phoebe Hunt's fine fiddle work put the finishing touches on the one co-write on the album, "Is She Your Memory or Mine", a song that Louis was asked to finish with Jim Pasquale who had begun it with Mickey Newbury just before Newbury passed on in 2002.

The result is one mighty fine Country album of the highest calibre!! Like the great Merle Haggard, Louis doesn't worry about whether an instrument is considered country or not before adding it to a track. Many might say that the Trumpet isn't country but let them take a listen to the wonderfully sweet refrains of Ephraim Owens on the opening track, "Some Day" which also has the sound of Chris Gage on B3 Organ, or the painful tale of unrequited love in "Rosary", told by a lover who previously cheated on his girl in Mexico, as he accompany's Louis' pickin' on acoustic guitar and then ask them again. Pure perfection!!!

Chris also shines as he picks up the Acccordion to accompany Louis on the title track "Old Friend", a haunting tale of needing a true friend to talk to.

13 wonderfully penned tales of mainly hurt and pain that you feel must have been lived by the writer who, in the penultime offering, tells us, "I Ain't Saying Sorry" before ending with the gospel tune "Standing At The Crossroads" that has him asking the Lord to make him ready for just one TRUE love.

Louis has a great voice and he sings all the tracks with just, enough accompaniment to make them sound real. No big productions here.

The best album I've heard this year!! RG
(I just hope I get to review his next one).

Website: www.louisjohnsonmusic.com
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