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Metro Country CD Review's 2006

Star Ratings; 10 Excellent, 8 Very Good, 6 Good, 4 Average, 2 Below Average.
 
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SPOTLIGHT ALBUM
SPOTLIGHT ALBUM

BILLY DON BURNS ...................HEROES, FRIENDS & OTHER TROUBLED SOULS

Tracks; Mississippi(with Tanya Tucker), I Was There, Haggard & Hank, Dark Side Of The Spoon, No Man's Land, Sailin' Down The Nile, Patsy(with Willie Nelson & Hank Cochran), Keith Whitley Blue, Runnin' Drugs Out Of Mexico, Full Blown Addict, Rock On, Tired & Troubled Soldiers, Bonus Tracks; Give My Love To Rose, Tired And Troubled Soldiers(Radio Edit).
In 1995, his debut album, "Long Lost Highway" was a critical, if not commercial, success and then in 1996, Billy Don and his frequent co-writer Hank Cochran topped the Americana music chart with the brilliant "Desperate Men" in 1997.
Following on from that success, was the excellent and critically acclaimed, although not quite as successful, "Train Called Lonesome". Now, Billy comes up with yet another country music masterpiece!! "Tired & Troubled Soldiers" is an album that sees Billy singing with Willie Nelson, Tanya Tucker and once again, Hank Cochran. The latter on one of the best tribute songs I have ever heard. "Patsy" is of course written about Patsy Cline and no finer tribute could ever be written to the legendary singer. This one will have the goose-bumps standing up, that's for sure!!

With 12 tracks, plus 2 bonus tracks.....one being a cover of Johnny Cash's "Give My Love To Rose, a song he added as as a tribute to the great man after he wrote Billy a letter congratulating him on unseating his "Unchained" album from the top of the Americana Music charts with "Desperate Men" in 1997.....this is an excellent cd and one that every Country fan should have in their collection!!

Metro Country Rating; 10/10


KAREN TAYLOR-GOOD ........................................HOW MANY WOMEN
Tracks; Hooked On You, You Never Said Anything About Love, God's Refrigerator, Oh, Guinevere, How Many Women, If You Do(A wedding duet with Collin Raye), Man Enough, Love Is A Verb, Wild Blue Yonder, Bless His Heart, I'm Tellin' Ellen, Deep Blue Desert Sky, On Angel's Wings, One Mile Apart, One Mile Apart(Spanish version)
Multi-award winning singer/songwriter who has had songs hit the charts, when recorded by such diverse artist's as; Laura Branigan, Melissa Manchester, Neal McCoy, Lisa Brokop, Collin Raye, Al Jarreau, Nana Mouskouri & Patty Loveless.

That diverseness shows on this album as Country rubs shoulders with Pop, Contemporary Folk/Rock and Gospel, success in the latter coming with 2 song's that did well on both the Hot Country Charts and the NCM Country Gospel Charts. One of those "Love Is A Verb" making #1 on the Gospel chart.

Collin Raye join's Karen for the pop ballad "If You Do" and Walter Suhr of Latin Pop band "Mang Punch", also joins Karen for the final track "One Mile Apart" which is also reprised in Spanish.

This is not an all out Country album and would only suit listener's who like a mix of musical styles. For myself, I must add that, the album is a pleasure to listen to!!

Metro Country Rating; 7/10


ANGELA HARRIS
ROOTS
Tracks; 1. Livin' Life 2. Her Wisdom 3. I'm Scared 4. Takes Me There 5. Power In Opinion 6. Ego Can Kill The Pride 7. I'll Be Your Friend 8. Roots (Can Grow Anywhere) 9. He Kissed Her
10. Way Down Deep
Harris, is a socially driven singer/songwriter and storyteller who ....on this showing at least,.....writes about the things going on around her. Bluegrass, traditional country, folk and blues are all covered on this fine album of strong material, sung with one of the most beautiful female voice's that I have ever heard!
Performing at such festivals as the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and touring internationally, Harris has shared stages with artists such as Eliza Gilkyson, David Francey, Chuck Brodsky, Ruthie Foster, Ray Wylie Hubbard and many others and has received a WCMA (West Coast Music Awards) nomination in the Outstanding Roots Album category for this latest release, which was co-produced by Angela and Eric Reed.

"ROOTS" is well recommended listening!!!

Metro Country Rating: 9/10

Website: www.angelaharris.net

MERV AND MARIA - ROLLING ALONG
Tracks; Rolling Along, If You're Ever Down I(n Dallas, I've Been Better, I Keep Forgetting, Getting Over You, I Just Might Be, I Just Want My Baby Back, Closer, Golden Years, Some Things I Know, Louisiana Saturday Night, See You On the Other Side, Ain't Love A Lot Like That, Do You Feel For Me.
Father and Daughter act, who are very well known on the U.K. country music scene, especially with the linedancers.

They keep mainly to covers with their material, pleasing an audience who, always want to hear "something they know". But they do include two original's on here, "Rolling Along" and "Getting Over You" which are both quality songs and deserve to do well.

A great choice of songs on here, well performed by a very popular and pleasing duo.

Metro Country Rating: 6/10


LOOMER
WILD WEST ISLAND

Tracks: Bang The Nails, Anastasia, Caramel Heart, Only Lovers, Old Grey Ford, Burden Of Proof, Dirt Angel, Turnbuckle, Pull Me In, Sunday Driver Down, Paper Doll, Endless Holiday.

Their jingle jangle sound evoke's
memories of "The Byrds", and McGuinn's 12 string Rickenbacker.

When you add some Tom Petty and mix in "The Traveling Willbury's", that more or less sums up this excellent, Canadian band. Not for the Country purist, this is 60/70's country/rock, dragged kicking and screaming into the millenium.

Metro Country Rating: 8/10

Website: www.myspace.com/loomermusic.com


ERIC CLAPTON AND JJ CALE
THE ROAD TO ESCONDIDO

Tracks: 1. Danger 2. Heads In Georgia 3. Missing Person 4. When This War Is Over 5. Sporting Life Blues 6. Dead End Road 7. It's Easy 8. Hard To Thrill 9. Anyway The Wind Blows 10. Three Little Girls 11. Don't Cry Sister 12. Last Will And Testament 13. Who Am I Telling You? 14. Ride The River

"The Road to Escondido" is a true collaboration that defies being labeled into any one category, but instead finds influence across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk. A hybrid sound that is unique musically, while still bearing the signature styles of Cale and Clapton recognized by fans around the world. The songs are warm and rich, with deep flowing rhythms, yet use an economy of words to express so much.
Metro Country Rating: 9/10

Website: http://www.jjcale.com/
Website: http://www.ericclapton.com/