Doug Briney – It’s All Country

by Janet Goodman

Who says singing covers is something to shy away from? Not Anchorage, Alaska country music singer Doug Briney. On his debut full-length album, he performs four hit songs by other artists that turn out to be his most solid tracks.

He sure does know how to pick ‘em. The pastor/singer takes on the unlikely persona of a convicted wife murderer, and gives up one classy rendition of Blake Shelton’s swampy “Ol’ Red.” The self-described baritone has a striking upper range, and Chris Young dandies “The Man I Want To Be” and “Voices” let Briney reach his sweet spots in the choruses.

Six tracks are new songs written and co-written by Pat Kelley. Briney’s first single off the album – the mid-tempo “More Than Just a Farm” – is an opportunity for the artist to sing the praises of a country lifestyle, while he re-explores being a family man (this time as a grandpa) on the south of the border “Déjà Vu All Over Again.” But his final and riveting cover of “Bleed Red” by THE tenor of country music – namely Ronnie Dunn – is sung with complete conviction, giving me chill bumps. Arguably, Briney gives Dunn a run for his dollar here. This is just the kind of honest and meaty material that this newcomer ought to sink his vocal chops into.

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