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Recent Activity Every mother would like to reach out and brush Sonia Leigh’s hair from her eyes. I would expect her to shake her head and let it fall where it may. Who is she, you ask? Well, she’s a clenched fist softly tapping a melody. She’s a heated voice raking over the coals. She’s also a rising star swinging a guitar and playing it her way. Her CD Sonia Leigh 1978 December can only be described as her musical autograph. The CD opens with Ain’t Dead Yet, an unbridled memorial urging you to push forward, and the popular My Name... Continue reading
Coldwater Canyon Band’s CD, “Just Getting Started”, is a bargain by the note. The CD has thirteen offerings. It’s a little like a first date with someone who’s trying too hard. There are just a few too many pleasant, but forgettable, tunes. The group does have a strong appealing sound that plays well as an ensemble. I warmed to Don’t Talk About Texas and found What About Me pleasing. Redneck Soldier was a non-traditional guilty pleasure buried amongst the cuts. Coldwater Canyon Band’s CD is a blind date. You’re not sure quite why yet, but you're hoping to make it... Continue reading
There’s a certain attraction for a band that comes across as a bunch of guys you’d like to hang with after the show. I really wanted to like this CD. JB and the Moonshine Band’s Ain’t Goin Back To Jail is uneven and has definite rough edges, but their music (all thirteen, yes thirteen, cuts) does differ from the usual fare. The title cut, although a great CD title, was not my favorite. The more stripped down Missin You Again was the song that stood out. There were a couple of enjoyable ballads, Whiskey Days and Throw Your Love Down,... Continue reading
Bryan Cole has a velvet smooth voice best paired with a simple lyric that burns on the way down, much like a shot of good whiskey. If Only, It All Comes Back To Me, and You Know Why all have that familiar warmth. Cole’s CD Wide Open Road also has several appealing honky-tonk tunes (Mile a Minute, Mobile Home, and Red Beans and Rice) that inspire me to lay down my money to see him live. Savin’ It Up made me think of Hank Ketchum and Talkin’ Dirty had Jason Aldean flashing across my mind, but Bryan Cole really makes... Continue reading Jaydee Bixby really is Easy to Love. His sophomore CD (Easy to Love) contains ten tunes that showcase his easy confidence and musical competence. The title cut is a soft ballad that stands out. He also makes the most of Boy Inside the Man which relates the story of a young man’s maturing outlook. Closer Than You Think has predictable lyrics that are carried along smoothly by Bixby’s forthright delivery. Bixby shifts gears for the upbeat Tailgate a Justin Cole Moore type song that could have you “..makin’ the woohoo shout..”. Dream Bigger is a believable cut that... Continue reading
The first song on Joey + Rory Album #2 is the witty punch line to the CD's, seemingly, rather unimaginative title. One listen and you, too, will be an insider rooting for the success of team Joey and Rory. The duo sing together with an ease that makes me suspect that they also finish each other's sentences at home. Joey's clear vocals resonate throughout That's Important to Me and Rory carries the weight later with the ballad My Ol' Man. The pair's authentic country tunes caused this reviewer to be swept from her chair across the kitchen floor by her... Continue reading
Logan Mize sings with a distinctive sound that is all his own. He wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs on this disc. I liked this CD the first time I heard it. I liked it more the second time. Some artists just hit ya that way. His self-titled CD leads off with Ride in the Middle - my favorite! I recognized the guys in Boys From Back Home and smiled while listening to the lyrics, and American Made is a song made for a live show. Hankin' On is a serving of traditional country that wraps up... Continue reading
Daisy Mallory has the looks and the talent. I liked her song "Girl Time". It's a fun, upbeat song with an appealing hook. It's cotton candy country that's appropriate and believable for a young lass. Her latest, "Do You Think of Me?" left me thinking that the girl has the look, presence, and delivery, and its pretty darn good, so why didn't it blow me away? It's the voice of experience that's lacking. When the girl belts it out, it just doesn't come across with the same strength as someone who's clearly been knocked down by love a few times.... Continue reading "If I Run" is the new single by The Harters, a group comprised of Leslie, Michael, and Scott...wait for guessed it...Harter! There's an old saying that says you can choose your friends; you can't pick your family. Somehow, The Harters have managed to choose each other as friends and fellow musicians, and still maintain the ties that bind. As Leslie says."...we love being connected to everyone out there. No joke; every fan that comes into our lives becomes part of our family." Well, that family is fixin' to get even larger as more and more people discover their... Continue reading
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