Overworked And Underpaid, Red Hot Rock'n'Roller, A Beautiful Day,
Live For Today, A Friend In Need, No Better Life Than A Good Life,
Dance Like There's Nobody Watching, Better Late Than Never, My
Baby's Never Wrong, Wake Up Wake Up! Get A New Love In Your Life,
(I Wish I Had A) Bassman Like The Jordanaires, Boogie With My
Baby. © 2006
very popular singer/songwriter has always been a favourite
of u.k. fans, especially, the linedancers who have taken him
to their hearts(or should that be feet) with his catchy tunes.
latest release, this former "One Man Band" decided
to make the trek over the water, with an album's worth of
self penned songs, to enlist the help of some of Nashville's
12 songs plus a bonus 13th, the excellent "Boogie With
My Baby", the "gem" of this album has to be
the song written about Elvis' former backing band, the Jordanaires.
"(I Wish I Had A) Bassman Like The Jordanaires"
features the deep bass vocals of Ray Bassman
Walker of the said group and the song is certain to be the
most popular with DJ's. I am also sure that the song will
prove to be a favourite of traditional country fans.
by top Nashville producer Mark Moseley, who has also done
work for many other u.k. artists, Dave has every right to
be proud of an album that, mixes top notch British songwriting
with, first rate Nashville musicianship and comes out smiling!!
songs to linedance to, songs to jive to, songs to smooch to
and songs to just plain listen to, "Overworked
And Underpaid" is
an excellent album that should be in every country music fans
collection. Come on you British country fans, support British
country music and get your copy now!! Details
can be found on website below.
Country Rating: 10/10
Better Off Alone, A Million Miles
Away, A Lot To Be Said For Leaving, Not Just The Beer Talkin',
The Road Ahead, That's Where I Come In, He's Not Me, Woman 101,
Life Without Love, Shinin' River, Waste Of Love, Next Weekend.
in Nashville with producer Steve Fox and featuring 11 original
songs, co-written, mostly, with Steve Fox, Codies debut
album, The Road Ahead, has already been voted "SCMA
Album of the Year" and already includes the hit singles
"Not Just the Beer Talkin'", "The Road Ahead",
and "Hes Not Me".
the album live up to it's hype? You bet it does!! Codie is a
young artist, no doubt, full of ambition on making it to the
top in this very demanding country music business in the 21st
century. And so you expect and get, modern, contemporary country
music, whilst still retaining just enough, traditional values.
raucous style, may, appeal more to the younger listener, with
songs that touch on a variety of subjects, from love lost to
going out and having some fun with friends. Codie has already
received the SCMA "Rising Star" award and is one of
Canadas "To Watch For" singer/songwriters of
the year. I have no doubt at all that this young man is on line
to make it to the very top of this profession. All he needs
is a major label to come in with the faith and money to steer
him up that expensive, road!
attainment for this talented artist is the 2006 Saskatchewan
Country Music Award Winner!!! "Rising Star" and "Album
Of The Year!."
to his website at the following address where you can buy your
copy. You won't be disappointed!!!
Country Rating: 8/10
Start The Car, Slow Train Comin', 1000 Memories, Stop, It's Just
My Heart, I Was Wrong, Maggie May, My In-Laws Are Outlaws, Just
Another Night, Step Inside This House, A Fool Like Me, Barbed
Wire And Rose, She Took The Ring, Give It Time.
was sent this cd by Frank Ifield, who recently awarded the dynamic,
young, Australian singer,..... who first got started on his trail
of success when he won the 2004 Toyota Star Maker Quest.......his
annual "Golden Spur Award" in March of this year (2006).
Car' is a well balanced, modern, contemporary country album, with
a slight bias towards upbeat songs, ......as would be expected
from such a young artist (22yrs)....... which displays plenty
of raw edginess and energy, from a young man who clearly aims
to show that he has the talent to make it the very top. From the
moment I put the CD in the player and listened to the title cut
"Start The Car", I was immediately drawn to how much
his voice, uncannily, reminded me of top US artist Collin Raye,
and who knows, on this showing, Travis could emulate the superstars
success, given two or 3 years time!
With a bumper
14 tracks on offer, there is a mix of material on here, written
in part, by some of Nashville's top writers, with some from Australian
writers, plus, 4 of his own songs. The only one that I can confess
to not liking is his country reworking of Rod Stuart's pop hit
of the 60s, 'Maggie May.' Not that I dislike the song, more that
it just doesn't work, at least it doesn't for me anyway! That
track apart, there isn't a bad track on here, and, as he is already
on the major, 'ABC Australia' label, the big money is already
on the side of this young artists emerging talent.
returned from a three-week trip to the United States, where he
successfully performed at three bluegrass festivals in Missouri,
as well as at venues in Nashville and Austin. I am most pleased
to report that, hes currently planning a three-month tour
of Europe and the United Kingdom in 2007. Just try and keep me
piece of work from an emerging, major player on the world-wide
country music scene. Keith Urban did it, and I have no reason
to doubt that Travis will be right there, vying to emulate his
fellow countryman's success, in 2 or 3 years time!
website link below to find out how to get your hands on a copy
of this excellent album!!
Country Rating: 10/10
BLANCHARD AND MISTY MORGAN
AND DEATH (And Almost Everything
Birdwalk, Big Black Bird, Chapel Hill, The Dum Song, Bethlehem
Steel, Poor Jody, Humphrey The Camel, Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker,
Changin' Times, The Clock Of St James, You've Got Your Troubles,
A Place In Mind, The Autumn Song, How I Lost 31 Pounds In 17 Days,
Somewhere In Virginia In The Rain, The Shadows Of The Leaves,
There Must Be More To Life, The Legendary Chicken Fairy, Miami
Sidewalks, Fire Hydrant #79, Don't It Make You Wanta Go Home,
If Eggs Had Legs, Second Tuesday In December, A Handful Of Dimes,
It Seems Like There Aint No Going Home, I'm Washing Harry Down
The Sink, The Night We Heard The Voice, Lonesome Song, The Sunset
collection) © 2005
Blanchard and his wife Misty Morgan, had 15 singles on the country
charts between 1969 and 1975, although their first getting together
was quite uncanny. Firstly, the two were born ...three years apart...
in the same hospital in Buffalo, New York. And secondly, both
moved to Ohio during childhood, then met on the club circuit in
Florida, where Morgan worked as a pianist and singer while Blanchard
was performing as a pianist and comedian.
made their recording debut in 1969 as Jack Blanchard & Misty
Morgan with the
Top 60 single "Big Black Bird" and then the next year,
they had their first #1 when they released "Tennessee Bird
Walk" which not only made #1 in the Country charts, but
also crossed over and did respectably well on the U.S. Pop charts.
Further success came with "Humphrey the Camel," which
also crossed over to the pop charts.
to Mega in 1971 and scored such hits as "There Must Be
More to Life (Than Growing Old)" and "The Legendary
Chicken Fairy," then in 1973, the two moved to Epic and
had their last major hit, "Just One More Song."
have since enjoyed success on the Indie World Country charts
as singles off their self-released "Back From the Dead"
albums hit number one.
record company "The Omni Recording Corporation," have
jumped in and put their money behind the duo, to release this
bumper collection of their past recordings. And a big hand goes
out to them for doing so!!
over quality has been taken, with a 12 page booklet containing
selected lyrics and exclusive photos, plus liner notes from
both noted Australian composer (and CD compiler) David Thrussell
and Jack Blanchard.
tracks squeezed onto 1 CD, this just has to be the bargain of
the year....if not, century. Follow the website address below
and place an order right away. You won't be disappointed!!
Country Rating: 10/10
Breaking Hearts, Here I Go Again, I'm
Alright Jack, The Other Man, Black & White Photographs, Why
Would God Want Me? That Innocent Place, Living In Loserville.
a singer/songwriter from Carlisle, in England, with a wide ranging
taste in music. Besides a strong leaning into traditional country
music, he likes to incorporate ideas taken from listening to folk,
blues, rock and pop music, describing his music as alternative
country or 'alt.country', which I would say is a pretty fair description
these days, at least with what is on offer here.
to the tracks on here, the opening 'Breaking Hearts' peaked at
Number 2 on the Alternative Country charts (both songs hit the
Top 20 on the Country charts that are compiled from over 20,000
songs) while my personal favourite, the very catchy and memorable
'I'm Alright, Jack', reached Number 1 on the Rockabilly charts
on Soundclick.com. Some great blues licks on this one!
on here, 'If I Could Tell You' has been covered by Chicago-based
singer Tanya Witt, while the album's closer, the very bouncy,
"Living In Loserville" leaves you wanting for more.
unsigned, Steve has produced this 8 track album himself, and will
soon have it for sale on his website and no doubt at gigs, where
Steve appears either, with his band or solo.
My only jib
is that there are only 8 tracks on here, but recording a CD doesn't
come cheap....if you want a decent job doing. Hopefully, a record
company may come along at some time and allow this talented singer/songwriter
the finance to produce a full album. I believe he's good enough!!
Country Rating 8/10
Mandy's On A Diet, Rockabilly Baby,
Walking The Floor Over You, Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain, Cry,
Cry, Cry, Greenback Dollar, Four In The Morning, There's A New
Moon, Tom Dooley, Turn Around, Putting On The Style, Turn My Pictures
Upside Down, Itchin' For My Baby, Candy Kisses, Little Red Wagon,
She's My Baby (Mee).
are a trio consisting of Mandy Stroud, who plays Double Slap Bass,
Johnny Vee, on Electric Lead Guitar and Colin Mee, on Acoustic
Rhythm Guitar, Washboard and Banj Uke. They all contribute vocals,
although, Colin takes Lead Vocals as they play a variety of traditional
country & hillbilly songs, from artists such as, Hank Snow,
Faron Young, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Tex Ritter
more these days, U.K. acts are taking more care about their recorded
work and are giving DJ's a product that, can be considered good
enough for airplay,....... besides being something they can personally,
be proud of. This trio are certainly following that trend, with
a very well produced CD.
selection includes many well known standard and traditional tunes
apart from the albums closer, a great, fun song penned by vocalist
Colin Mee. It's a shame there can't be more original songs on
here, but as this is their first album, they very wisely, are
playing safe and giving the listener what they know and can sing
along to. Hopefully, Colin will put will put more of his own songs
on the next one as, on this showing, he can certainly write a
Uncut' is a very enjoyable album from 3 very talented musician's,
and I look forward to catching this trio LIVE, somewhere in the
Country Rating 9/10