CD Reviews

Jimmy Buffet - Take the Weather With You

At this point in his career Jimmy Buffet could lean back in his Adirondack, cop a few rays, and count his sand dollars. But he’s chosen to release a 14 track CD instead. It’s well-produced, well-written, and makes the top of my Christmas list. Jimmy Buffet has done such a great job of writing party-all-summer-long songs that he’s created his own genre. Bama Breeze (Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins and...
 

Jeremy Edwards - Wires

Jeremy Edwards is a singer-songwriter who lives and recorded this alt album in Sydney Australia. Backed in the studio by long time musical comrade, drummer George Brugman, Wires is a collection of self penned tunes, with the subject matter being mostly the 3 P’s-pain, politics and poetry. Most of the songs are of a roots nature, rock and roll edginess with more linear lyrics. But one go round of listening to this CD...
 

Jeff Sheppard - Take It With You

One needs to look no further than the current Male Vocalist Of The Year, Keith Urban, if you want to determine the influence of Australia on the sounds coming out of Nashville. Jeff Sheppard has just released a new disc that bristles with gorgeous and stunning sound throughout. As a vocalist, he’s really hard to pin down to one style---which is a good thing. The opening cut, “Nobody Else...
 

Jeffrey Steele – Hell on Wheels

We can’t say we weren’t warned. There’s Jeffrey on the CD cover, wailing to raise the dead with a banner that reads Hell on Wheels. That’s quite an introduction. But if you’ve listened to country music at all the past fifteen years, you already know Jeffrey and his music. He had the Big Time Record Deal with a group called Boy Howdy. He’s written some monster hit songs for major country artists....
 

Jeff Morris - Everything

I am taking a ride on this musical journey I like to call life. My faith is strong and so is my knowledge of music and the industry. It is strong, powerful and certain. This CD cover left me with questions. Who is this man? What genre of music does he sing? What am I about to hear? I was uncertain. In today’s market so many male artists look the same. His "look" could throw him into ...
 

Jeff Black - Tin Lilly

Jeff Black soothes your soul, I don’t know why but he does? This CD is chalked full of lyrical pictures. Cool melodic upbeat rhythms that just make you happy to be alive. With a couple of the songs, I really have no idea what he is singing about. But you know what? I really don’t care! I was just sitting there in my chair tapping my toes swaying my head back and forth saying, “If you sing it...
 

Jeanie Stanley - Baby Girl

Jeanie Stanley, youngest daughter of Bluegrass Pioneer & Legend Carter Stanley of The Stanley Brothers fame, has chosen to honor her father by a Tribute CD entitled Baby Girl. This project comes on the 40th year anniversary of Carter's passing. Jeanie also credits her mother, via liner notes, for her day-to-day keeping of the family and household while her father was singing, traveling...
 

Jason Morant - Abandon

Jason Morant is a talented young man in the Christian contemporary category, a nice vocal mixture of Third Day and Michael W. Smith. He has strong lyrical messages of worship and good melodies that drives his hope home. Although I enjoyed this album I have to ask for a bit of moderation as most of the songs were over five minutes long with no changes and after the first three minutes I got...
 

Jan Smith - 29 Dances

My favorite song on this CD is Woman Your Guitar: “You can let a woman slide on your trombone/Slap on your bass fiddle man and blow your saxophone/You can let her pet your puppy you can let her drive your car/But don’t give a woman your guitar.” Sounds like a confession to me! Jan has a voice that drifts around you like honeysuckle on a summer breeze. Her melodies are beautiful. The musicians....
 

Fertitta & McClintock - After All This Time

John Denver had a hit a years back with a song titled “Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone).” The same could be said of CD’s. One never knows what you might find in the mail each day. Some days…it might be trash…..Then some days, it just might be a little bit of treasure. This album falls into the latter, for sure. I will preface this by saying that it probably is a little.......
 

Jacob’s Well - Who Is This...

Jacob’s Well calls their music “positive message alternative rock ‘n roll.” They have one of the most artistic CD covers I’ve seen in awhile and a truly amazing website. But the proof is in the music, and the music is amazing. This is straight-ahead power rock with crunching guitars, soaring vocals, and enough chemistry to raise the dead. The songs are really well-crafted, with great lyrics matched....
 

Highway Bound - Who Holds The Sand?

Everyone knows that family harmonies are the tightest and the best, and we know why. However, what happens when you mix three different families on one project? In the case of Highway Bound, it's magic. POOF! You're a HB fan! Truly, an inspirational gospel project, the group, HIGHWAY BOUND, does just that; introduces three dads, with four children between them, and they combine to make a powerful...
 

Hermann Lammers Meyer, YESTERDAY ONCE MORE

Europe's king of Texas dance hall music has traveled to Nashville and again recorded another wonderful CD, with co-producer Tom Kawai from Japan. This one, of mostly western swing and country standards sounds like a sure winner. The CD is comprised of 13 tunes, 12 from this session and a bonus narration, Hermann's own The Old Bear, from a previous session. All cuts feature the incredible...
 

Heather Ferris - The Ties That Bind

Canadian songbird and songwriter Heather Ferris will tie you up in good solid bluegrass for an enjoyable experience. Starting with an original Blackbird - Heather's refreshing clear voice - sounds authentically bluegrass - and most tunes on this project are penned by her personally. She is a singer as well as songwriter - all wrapped into one loving and beautiful person. Her homespun lyrics - are exceptional...
 

Harmony Glen - Before Dawn

May You Have A Full Moon On A Dark Nigh Warm Words On A Cold Evening A Happy Tune In A Lonely Hour And The Road Downhill All The Way To Your Door These are the beautiful words that are written on the album jacket of this lovely record. A record almost impossible to find fault with, it simply is what it is. And what it is, are Irish and Traditional songs sparsely arranged and...
 
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