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Lonely Dealin's

Stardust Records


Raised in Kentucky, Lolene was encouraged to sing and play guitar by her mother Allene who performed with her sister as the Singing Dugan Sisters. Lolene's father was a creative writer who amongst his accomplishments, wrote jokes for George Burns and co-authored the novel The Damned Don't Cry, which was later turned into a movie starring Joan Crawford.

Growing up, Lolene sang in the school choir, learned to play guitar and while in 7th Grade, along with two friends, won a talent contest and subsequently appeared on TV in Lexington, Kentucky singing Paul McCartney's "Yesterday".

In the 1990's Lolene turned her attention to writing with her first song being "Wasting Your Time" and then a ballad "With Someone", which was inspired by and she dedicated to her mother. Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers has been a great supporter of Lolene's music, encouraging her and giving freely of his time and advice.

Lonely Dealin's comprises of 12 tracks, 6 of which have already been released to radio as singles, appearing on the airplay charts in Europe and Australia. With Lonely Dealin's, Lolene covers the touch of personal relationships and Lolene tells us that the passion of love can be a "Slow Burn", but the heat builds up in a fiery furnace.

Nice vocals from Lolene gives her songs appeal, with the musical accompaniment being underpinned by a wealth of talented musicians. On the whole Lonely Dealin's is a good sounding album, but I feel follows more in line with the Nashville fashion and a nucleus of too many ballads and not enough numbers where Lolene and the musicians let rip with some good sawdust kicking country cuts. Breaking away from this scenario is the bright and breezy "The Man I Love" picking up the beat and offers a breath of fresh air. Other mid tempo tracks see Lolene saying if you see me dreaming "Don't Wake Me Up", "I Know Where You're Coming From" and "The Deal's Gone Down".

A well presented and produced album, dovetailing well with today's style of country music. For more info check out www.Lolene.net





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