CD Reviews

The Derailers - Soldiers of Love

Tony Villanueva, former lead singer of The Derailers, left to pursue a higher calling. What could possibly be more soul-stirring than fronting a rockabilly band? Well, he’s now a pastor in Oregon. The remaining band soldiered on (sorry, couldn’t resist), brought on Buzz Cason as their producer, and came up with 14 really cool tracks. The songs, most of them co-written by Cason and Brian Hofeldt, are.....
 

Delana Stevens - Welcome To My World

Years ago, it was a common thing for people to listen to, and be influenced by, just one kind of music. However, you would be hard pressed to find anyone whose musical upbringing doesn’t include a little bit of it all. You can definitely hear many influences in the music of Wyoming native Delana Stevens. There’s places here on WELCOME TO MY WORLD that you can hear a soulful touch a la Wynonna or Bonnie Raitt.......
 

Dave Saunders – Fishin'

The title song “Fishin’” starts this CD off with what most of the songs about. You guessed it…fishing! With the exception of three tracks, “Old Dirt Road,” "The Dark Part Of The Forest,” and “Listen To The River,” the songs have Dave telling a story with the help of music that includes banjo, dobro, fiddle and harmonica. “Fishin’” and “Hey, Dad…” provide insight to a special relationship between a grandfather.....
 

Dave Barnes - Chasing Mississippi

In the line notes of Chasing Mississippi, Dave wrote “If you like this CD, spread it around like hot butter.” In that case pass the biscuits, the corn on the cob, and a decent butter knife. On second thought, I’ll just use my fingers because I can’t wait to spread the news: I love this CD. From the false bravado of “A Lot Like Me” to the irony of “Everybody But You” to the hopeless romantic in “Butterflies”........
 

Darrell Scott - The Invisible Man

Take my advice: Run - don’t walk. No... fly, don’t run, to your nearest record store and buy this CD. Raw, painfully honest, and most certainly a career record, this is one of the very best non-country albums to come out of Nashville in many years. Long visible on the bluegrass circuit, Darrell Scott is more than just a singer-songwriter. He’s the stranger you sit next to at a bar, who tells you his story......
 

Daniel Lee Martin - All That I Am

Daniel Lee Martin is a hot new talent working the scene with his commercial production, “All that I am.” This is an impressive first rate CD full of up tempos and slow ballads and some finger pickin’ galore! The CD starts with an up beat banjo bustin’ tune talking about getting back to the days where it was cool to love one another. Hmm….whatever happened to those anyway? A very descriptive.....
 

Damian Follett - The Reason

Damian Follett seems to have been through a lot while pursuing this crazy thing called the music industry. Turning forty, getting married, and losing his father among others things. The CD is a nice compilation of songs about glory and appreciation for the ones who have loved and honored him throughout his life. Nice tribute to your friends and family, I’m sure they are very appreciative. Damian has some interesting......
 

Mike Mann Presents Cowboy Soul

My first reaction when I heard this CD was “Huh?” That was also my second, third and fourth reaction.There’s always been a certain amount of spit-swapping between musical genres. The Stones “Wild Horses” could be a country song. Country music has been influenced by Celtic, Appalachian, and blues music. Charlie Rich was a soul singer who sang country songs. Ray Charles was a master.......
 

Consumption - Out Of The Ashes

Consumption’s six song EP, Out of the Ashes, demands your attention. Starting with, “The Monster, The Man” Gina Turner’s haunting vocals paint a melodic picture of self-discovery in a sometimes cruel and unforgiving world. Grinding guitars with clever and surprising baselines capture your curiosity and leaves you wanting more. Vocally, Gina is similar to bands like Garbage and Evervesence where she.....
 

Collin Raye - Twenty Years and Change

It’s been a few years since we have heard new music from Collin Raye. With the hiatus from recording comes a new sound for the vocal artist. Some of the previous recordings from him were a bit more country with a “radio-in-mind-pop-flare” addition. However, now that Raye is recording on an independent label, he’s been given the chance to branch out to a different sound and style.......
 

Colleen O'Grady - Good Dreams

Colleen O’Grady is a delightful young soul, singing of happiness and appreciation for life. You can feel the satisfaction in her songs and sweet toe tapping stories of free living and soul searching.This whole album has a very Irish Celtic feel to it. Colleen has a sweet innocent vocal that feels almost virginal. The tile of the CD is named well; “Good Dreams” is a hypnotic journey through green hills.........
 

Claire Lynch – New Day

Ahhh. That’s the feeling I get when I wake up early on a quiet, peaceful Sunday morning, and my entire being is grateful to be alive. I always wonder why I can’t hold on to that feeling a little longer than I do, and I’ve searched for ways to make it last. Now that I’ve found this CD, I may have found a way. The songs are splendid. Be Ready to Sail, written by Pat Alger and Austin Cunningham..........
 

Chris Young - Self-Titled

I’m looking at a Brad Paisley look-a-like staring back at me from the cover of Chris Young's debut CD, wondering if he'll sound like Brad as well. I put the CD in the player and this voice, this bigger-than-life voice, jumps out of the speakers and blows me away. Definitely not what I was expecting and, I must say, a very pleasant surprise, although I guess I should have expected as much......
 

Christie Lynn - Christie Lynn Sings Country, Gospel, Bluegrass

For those of you who complain that there’s too much pop in your country music—and you know who you are—this CD is for you. Christie Lynn is country as cornbread. You could put her in gingham mini-dress, tease her hair within an inch of its life, stick her in a cornfield on Hee Haw, and she’d fit right in. Or pop right up and say howdy, to be absolutely correct. Christie hails from Samson, Alabama.....
 

Burrito Deluxe - Disciples of the Truth

Being a huge Flying Burrito Brothers fan, I took notice of the band when I was reading their bio and saw they took the name Burrito Deluxe from the 1970 album. I like the feel of that album and they keep with the charm on this CD. This is highly influenced by the late great Gram Parsons. The band displays incredible appreciation for Gram’s talent and throws in a snazzy style they can proudly call their own.......
 
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