Totally Biased Fan Review: 29 – Carly Pearce EEP

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I had only heard one song by Carly, and that was the single, Next Girl, which is a catchy, but layered song. It is one of those songs that gets into your head and you can’t get it out. I actually didn’t realise it was her singing it until I watched one of the Grand Ole Opry shows one Sunday and then she played some other songs and I thought, wow, this gal has some talent.

She has been through a lot of stuff. You will know about most of it after you listen to this EEP (more than 4 tracks, less than 10). You will need a box of tissues and you will feel for this young woman, but at the same time, the songs are strangely uplifting and positive. It seems to be a trend at the moment by some of our best writers, to be able to sing about something heavy but deliver it in a fashion that makes it easier to deal with. Australians are very good at this, it is good to see and American gal do it, too. I guess Loretta and Tammy started that trend back in the 60’s to be fair.

These 7 songs are all wonderful. There isn’t a rough one amongst them. The subjects are the stuff that country songs are made of. Heartbreak, heartache, dealing with all that comes with it, not dealing with all that comes with it. While it was probably therapy for Carly, it is honest and will hit home with lots of listeners as well.

Show Me Around is dedicated to her late producer, and it is a beautiful song. This is her first music without him.

Liability is a clever play on words. It is both catchy and profound. Her voice reminds me of Faith Hill here, and that ain’t a bad thing.

29 says all the things that the other songs mention in chapters. It is probably the saddest and sweetest song on the EEP. It is a should have been, could have been song. The lyrics are just spot on.

Should’ve known better is an apple not falling far from the tree song.

Carly has a very pure country voice and she speaks the truth like a natural country singer/songwriter. They say the best songs come from the worst experiences and this is certainly true here.

Having been married and divorced at a young age (he must have been deaf, dumb and blind), the songs here are about that and much more. The songs are polished and thoughtfully produced.

Day One is a positive song, and a song that looks ahead to the following days and steps that are coming up, day 45, 92, etc. It is quite an empowering song and one that is full of hope and trying to let go. It is a wonderful way to end the EEP.

For an American Country Music audience who are worried about their favourite genre losing its traditional sound, support this gal. She’s one to carry it forward.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1.Next GirlShane McAnallyJosh OsborneCarly Pearce2:44
2.“Should’ve Known Better”PearceJordan ReynoldsEmily Shackleton3:01
3.“29”McAnallyOsbornePearce3:42
4.“Liability”McAnallyOsbornePearce2:44
5.“Messy”Sarah BuxtonPearceJimmy Robbins2:53
6.“Show Me Around”PearceShackletonBen West3:40
7.“Day One”McAnallyOsbornePearceMatthew Ramsey3:30

29 was co-produced by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Jimmy Robbins. All three producers also contributed to the several songs on the album.

The Single Life – 28th February, 2021

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A variety of singles this week, with Fiona O’Shea first up with the bluesy Build Me A House. She can cross a few musical genres, but this offering is a bit like a country Chrissie Amphlett. It has an easy soulful, bluesy feel.

Keeping up with the building theme, Lucie Tiger sings Found My Home, but a totally different style of country, it is a more get out on the dance floor stomp with twang. I expect to hear a lot more from this bright and breezy young lady.

Upside Down is the new single from Kylie Gale. It is probably my pick of the week. I didn’t know Kylie or her music until I heard it on the radio this week. She has a terrific voice and this is a wonderful song. No mistaking this song for any other genre, it is a beaut country song with some cool guitar work.

Vixens of Fall were just starting to hit their stride when Covid hit, which may have put them on hold for a little while but they are about to boom again with this beaut song, Break It Easy. An uptempo song with sass and cool harmonies. They are sort of a junior McClymonts, carrying on that tradition. They are only just beginning, Take 2.

One of my favourite guys, a country music grandson, Riley Catherall, has a new song out, Vacant Lot. He’s been teasing us with a string of releases, as we all wait patiently for the new album which will be here soon. Interestingly, this is released in a week when locals in my little town have been up in arms about a vacant lot! Of course, Prince of the Metaphors, Riley, is not talking about a physical, literal vacant lot. I think that it is one of his best, but I am totally biased.

Originally on the Black Coffee album (having one as I write this), Deathwish Country has been released as a single off the LIVE album from Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, which will be out soon. If you don’t get transported out into the Wilde West with this song (pun intended), then you aren’t listening.

The singles are coming thick and fast, enjoy.

Totally Biased Fan Review: Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ – Lainey Wilson

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Beccy Cole played songs from this debut album by Lainey Wilson last night on Saturday Night Country on ABC radio in Australia. Beccy and I generally have the same taste in music so I knew that I was going to enjoy it. You can hear why Beccy likes it on a number of levels and why I do too.

Lainey does have that ‘twang’ as Beccy pointed out but she does mix it up a bit, remaining faithful to the original country music bucket. Her voice and her spunk reminds me of Lee Ann Womack and Deana Carter and Pam Tillis and Beccy herself. The title probably says it best. I love the fact that she has co-written every song.

There are some great lyrics on this album. You know how people say, ‘I wish that I had written that song’ or ‘that was exactly what I was thinking but I didn’t know how to write it down’? well there are some songs like that on this album.

There are some toe tappers and some songs that have you grooving along, but there are some slower numbers and the words are important in all of the songs. Even the toe tappers have some meaning to them.

Things a man oughta know is a top track, it takes a couple plays to get the drift, as it works on a couple of levels. It is very fresh and heartfelt. Should be a number one song.

Dirty Looks is a good example of a song that has double meanings and clever lyrics. All of the songs relate back to the title of the album, putting it in the concept album category.

Pipe has a familiar riff at the beginning (see if you can pick the song that sounds similar)but the words are like no other song that I have heard but as country as rocking chairs on a verandah.

When Lainey was describing Sunday Best, she said it was originally Sunday Dress but she is not one to wear dresses, so she changed the line. It is honesty like that, even the simple things that make these songs very real and relatable.

Keeping Bars in Business is full of images of what you would observe in most bars. It is not just about one type of customer….it covers the lot. Great song.

Rolling Stone is one of the best tracks on the album…very clever, yet very simple.

Reckon Beccy must have almost written WWDD – what would Dolly do – a rippa of a track.

There are 12 tracks on the album, ending with the title track. They are songs that tell it like it is, for better or for worse.

There are a lot of songs on this album that make you look at the title and realise that is only a cover for what goes deeper. They make you think that they are about something that is totally opposite of what they are about. A few people can do that, but not many.

This album is going to get a lot of plays from me. Give it a listen. Bullshit doesn’t live here.

Tracks:

1. “Neon Diamonds”— (Lainey Wilson, McV, Matt Rogers)
2. “Sunday Best” —(Lainey Wilson, Brice Long, Shane Minor)
3. “Things A Man Oughta Know” —(Lainey Wilson, Jonathon Singleton, Jason Nix)
4. “Small Town, Girl” —(Lainey Wilson, Chris Yarber, Dallas Wilson)
5. “LA” —(Lainey Wilson, Hannah Dasher, Frank Romano)
6. “Dirty Looks” —(Lainey Wilson, Smith Ahnquist, Brent Anderson)
7. “Pipe” —(Lainey Wilson, Luke Dick, John Pierce)
8. “Keeping Bars In Business” —(Lainey Wilson, Jordan Schmidt, Matt Rogers)
9. “Straight Up Sideways” —(Lainey Wilson, Reid Isbell, Jason Nix, Dan Alley)
10. “WWDD” —(Lainey Wilson, Casey Beathard, Michael Heeney)
11. “Rolling Stone” —(Lainey Wilson, Tammi Kidd, Brent Anderson)
12. “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’” —(Lainey Wilson, Jay Knowles)

The Single Life – 21st February, 2021

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The Single Life begins with another song called Hummingbird, this time by Courtney Keil and it is a tad less sadder and much more upbeat, than the other sad, sweet song by Sandee Facy. It is equally as good, though and Courtney has one of the most amazing voices around at the moment. A song of hope in a pretty stuffed up world at the moment.

One more kiss is the latest from Hudson Rose, an uptempo, fun song that is probably a good one to complement the previous song! Another young lady on the up and up and flying.

I have never hidden my admiration and undying fan respect for Katie Brianna. On and off the record, she is one of my favourite people in Australian Country Music. She is such a gifted and underrated singer/songwriter and she is a top notch human being. The soulful and blue Wedding Ring is just an amazing song. One of my favourite songs of the year, so far. I literally have goosebumps listening to it.

Yes, yes, yes. This is the sort of song Troy Kemp should do all the bloody time. What a beautiful and amazing song Happy Ever After is. Troy is now in America, and his timing has not been perfect in moving there, but hopefully things will get better soon over there and he keeps producing songs like this. Brilliant (as my friend, Beth Brown, would say.) I am sure that young folks will have this song at their weddings soon!

Goin’ for a Ride is the latest from Warren Kearney who is on a roll at the moment. This is a true story and it is actually a piece of history from the area in which I live now. For those who love the storytelling of Tom T Hall and the history writing of Craig Stewart and Allan Caswell and the like, then this one is for you. A wonderful story and a top song.

Jayne Denham has released a new song, Better Settle Up in her country rock/blues style. It has a touch of Bon Jovi (think Wanted Dead or Alive). She belts this one out to perfection.

I think that I have covered a few of the country music types here!

Totally Biased Fan Review: Viking – Innocent Eve

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One of the most anticipated and long awaited albums of the last few years in Australian Country Music. These two sisters harmonise so beautifully They wear their hearts on their sleeves and they sing from that heart. I am so impressed these days with folks that can do this in Australia – The New Graces, Great Aunt, Smith and Jones, The Maes, and many others. Such beautiful voices, blended together and great songwriting prowess as well.

These sisters have been through more than Covid 19 and what it has done to their career, they have had to deal with much bigger life problems in the last few years. Some of the songs reflect that, but they mix sadness with hope and they mix up all the thoughts and feelings that have run through our own heads.

This is an album that you can get lost in, these two can sing to me anytime, anywhere. How amazing are these two? They don’t mince words, like on Twenty Four, make you waltz on Three Quarter Time, one of the best songs of the year, so far, remind me of myself on Rose Coloured Glasses and also on This I Know. Girls, are you looking at my diary? Mixed Bag was one of the best songs of last year and it was honoured so at my Kazzie Awards and my top 109 songs of 2020. It is an important song and one which should be listened to and adhered to over and over.

Most of the songs are gentle rollicking songs, beautifully harmonized and lovingly handled, like Waiting For You.

The Rant has an E rating, which is a shame. The song has a lot to say and it should be heard, and it won’t be because of radio restrictions. The tone is very different to the other songs on the album, but it is an important song and shouldn’t be ignored.

These two are fabulous. Play it over and over and discover the layers, the amazing songwriting and the wonderful duo that is Innocent Eve.

Track Listing:

Viking

My Despair

Running For My Life

Comfort of your arms

Just one minute

Twenty Four

Three Quarter Time

Rose Coloured Glasses

This I Know

Mixed Bag

Waiting for You

The Rant (E)

Produced by Matt Fell

CREDITS:⚫All songs written by Rebecca Olsson & Rachel Smith (Innocent Eve) ⚫Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Matt Fell at Love Hz Studios ⚫Drums Engineered by Josh Schuberth ⚫Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound .⚫Rebecca Olsson – Lead Vocals/Backing Vocals ⚫Rachel Smith – Lead Vocals/Backing Vocals ⚫Matt Fell – Bass/Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Ukelele, Banjo, Keyboards, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Programming ⚫Josh Schuberth – Drums ⚫Glen Hannah – Electric Guitars ⚫James Church – Dobro

Totally Biased Fan Review: Songs from Highway One – Adam Harvey

I often quote the line that Adam Harvey threw at me many years ago. “Kaz, you’ve been raised in the two Hillbilly Heavens, Tamworth and the Central Coast.” That’s true, at least as far as Australia is concerned. I have seen Adam almost as much in concert as his “twin”, Beccy Cole. (I have seen her 52 times). Mainly because the three of us lived for a long while on the Central Coast, where Adam still lives, and because of my many return visits to Tamworth. I have even seen him a few miles down the road from where I live now, in Victoria. We have both travelled many Highways. My Dad loves Adam too. Over the years, I have tried to educate Pa in modern country music and he has drummed into me the classics. Slim was Dad’s hero, and he would be pleased to know that Adam is singing “with” Slim here. (Angel of Goulburn Hill) I am sure that Pa would love this album and I will buy a copy for him soon

Adam produced this album, his 15th studio album. There are tracks on this album to rival Pa’s favourite, Shake of a Hand. There is no mistaking this album for anything but country. I don’t have the muso credits, but I could probably guess.

Let’s just look at the music. In a year of not being able to really go too far, Harves has produced an album about Highways: journeys, travelling to different places. That’s Harves. He can take you to places even when you can’t physically go there. There are lots of journeys on this album and not just around Australia. There are some nostalgic journeys, and none more so than on Lindeman Again. This is probably the best song on the album. I won’t spoil it for you, but have a box of tissues with you.

He pretty much covers Australia with his songs. Darwin, Queensland, Victoria, etc, but also a bit of Merle Haggard with Ramblin’ Fever (featuring Lee Kernaghan), Red Dirt Town which covers pretty much all of the outback and our original Australians. 16 Summers is both a physical journey and a nostalgic journey about Adam’s kids, Conway and Leylah.

All for Rum is a country music journey, and another connection for Harves and I, my Grandmother was born and raised in Bundy.

A musical journey for four longtime buddies, Harves, Beccy Cole, Felicity Urquhart and Darren Coggan is displayed on Better with Time.

I have always described Adam as an Aussie version of Randy Travis so International friends, please note and give him a listen. There are a few guys in country music that just make your heart melt with their voices, but they also make you think and relate. Take Me Back is a nostalgic adventure. Adam has never made any apologies for his true country style and the fact that he is happy to remain in Australia and sing to his Aussie crowds rather than going to Nashville in a big way, where he could have competed easily with his peers.

Adam mixes humour and tradition and down to earth Aussie and American Country fusion. He is the real deal, always has been, always will be. He balances his albums with covers and originals and he has writers and co-writers on board who get what he is trying to do. I love an Adam Harvey gig and I own all of his albums, so I know his music as well as any other fan or critic. He never pulls any punches. He is what he is. Sometimes a bit too honest, but he is one of those who made me listen to country music when I was growing up/not growing up in areas already mentioned. We have had similar journeys, although he is the one with the talent. This is a beautiful journey, metaphorically and realistically. Thank you, Adam Harvey, you’ve done it again, mate.

  • 1. Highway Number One
  • 2. Ramblin’ Fever (feat. Lee Kernaghan)
  • 3. Lindeman Again
  • 4. Darwin Nights
  • 5. Red Dirt Town
  • 6. 16 Summers
  • 7. All For Rum
  • 8. Take Me Back
  • 9. Angel Of Goulburn Hill (feat. Slim Dusty)
  • 10. Better With Time (feat. Beccy Cole, Darren Coggan & Felicity Urquhart)
  • 11. Bandits On The Run

Totally Biased Fan Review – Space to Breathe – Casey Burgess

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Name and face seem familiar? Casey worked with Hi 5 and she has also appeared in some movies and tv programmes. For people of my generation, the last name brings an obvious connection. Her Dad is Australian pop/rock star of the 70’s, Ray Burgess. Casey shows on this album that she not just a legend’s daughter, however, or for that matter, any of the things that she has already been.

Under the guidance of savvy and smart producer, Sam Hawksley, who is an Aussie muso/producer who is now based in America, Casey proves that she is a legit artist in her own right.

Her music is listed on Itunes as country, but as open as country is, these days, her music can spread across a few genres.

Her songwriting chops are apparent here, as well as a sweet, pure voice, which delivers some beautiful ballads and some more up tempo country pop tracks. You Might Love Me is a fantastic example of both.

Even when the songs verge on a more poppy feel, they are not bubblegum songs, they all have a bit of a message to them, without being preachy.

There are some toe tapping, shoulder shifting songs and some relax in your lounge chair songs too.

Lemon Tree is not the old folk song, re-jigged, but it is an interesting little song and one of my favourites on the album. There are some nice keys in here.

Some of the songs remind me of Aleyce Simmonds’ style. Five Minute Fairytale is one of them. I really like this song.

Are You Kidding has a cool beat to it and will definitely get you up on your feet.

Movin’ On has more of a country bluesy feel. Casey mixes it up a bit, which is great. This is a cool song.

Are you coming with me has some clever lyrics and it is definitely a winner….I would definitely have this as a single if it hasn’t been already released as one. Top song.

The album is rounded off my a LIVE version of You Might Love Me.

This is definitely an album to listen to on a lazy Sunday afternoon or somewhere around midnight. It has a mixture of styles and moods. A chip off the old block, sure, but she is a star in her own right. Enjoy, folks, and encourage young singer/songwriters. We have an amazing amount of wonderful ones in Australia who don’t get enough recognition.

Tracks:

  • 1. A Little More Love
  • 2. Good For Me
  • 3. You Might Love Me
  • 4. Space To Breathe
  • 5. Unapologetically
  • 6. Maybe Its Better
  • 7. Lemon Tree
  • 8. Five Minute Fairytale
  • 9. Are You Kidding?
  • 10. Movin On
  • 11. Are You Coming With Me?
  • 12. You Might Love Me (Bonus Live Recording)

Produced by Sam Hawksley

Totally Biased Fan Review: Beginnings – Briana Dinsdale

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What were you doing at 17? Briana Dinsdale is 17, a young singer/songwriter based in Brisbane. She’s a raw talent, who has mixed and mingled with the likes of Bill Chambers and Allan Caswell.

This is her debut album. I don’t have much information on Briana. I don’t know who produced the album or who played on it. I do know that the album was produced with a grant that she won. On her website, some of the lyrics have been published, with most of the songs featured here and her name is on all of those, with some co-writes. There aren’t any reviews up that I can refer to or compare notes with, so I am going to wing it. I am only going by the Itunes copy so I don’t have a hard copy to read off, either, but I will do my best.

Itunes lists this album as pop, but it is not pop. There maybe a couple of songs that have a country pop feel, but most of them are more country than pop. There are obvious influences, but there’s no absolute copycat stuff, just subtle intonations in the vocals and the sound.

Ball and Chain is not the Cathy Dobson song which both Cathy and Andrew Swift performed and recorded. This is a song penned by Briana. I believe that this has already been lifted as a single. Small Town features Bill Chambers and it is a standout track, maybe it is because I can relate because I have lived in small towns and I live in one now. There is definitely nothing pop about this song, it is absolutely country.

Why Did I Fall for you is a lovely ballad – a sad song with a folky feel. It is one of my favourites on the ballad. The musicianship on this album is very polished and varied.

Lost at Sea is obviously a true story or based on one. I am not sure if it is family history but I wouldn’t be surprised. As a student of history, I would be interested to know. It is quite a haunting song.

Used to this has some interesting key changes and vocal gymnastics. It is different again. Briana changes up the songs in tempo and subject matter, there is a lot of experimenting here which is what you should do on your first album.

Eyes is absolutely beautiful. Ashlyn Dinsdale is featured here, I can only guess that she is a sibling? Beautiful harmonies girls. Just lovely.

I have a feeling that I have heard Breaking the Silence – it may have been a single release. It is up tempo but it has a message.

This is not the end is a song full of melancholy. It is a song about change. An interesting song.

Every country artist has to have a song about or called Wildflowers. This one is just fabulous and a lovely way to end an album.

This is a great first up effort from someone so young. There is a lot of potential here. If she is this good at 17, I can only imagine how good she is going to be at 30. She is most definitely on her way.

Tracklist:
01 – I’ll Run to You
02 – Ball and Chain
03 – Other Side
04 – Small Town (feat. Bill Chambers)
05 – Why Did I Fall for You
06 – Lost at Sea
07 – Used to This
08 – Eyes (feat. Ashlyn Dinsdale)
09 – Breaking the Silence
10 – This is Not the End
11 – Evaline
12 – Wildflowers

Totally Biased Fan Review: Country and West – Dottie West (Original 1970 – Re-released and remastered, 2021)

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Dottie West died as a result of injuries from a car accident at 58 in 1991. Until the last 15 years or so, I have mainly known her from her songs with Kenny Rogers. Every country music documentary that I have seen, every country music book that I have written mentions Dottie West, claiming that she had one of the best voices ever in country music. She has received a lot of praise from her peers and the many who have tried to follow in her footsteps.

This album has been deemed a country music classic and it has been re-released on vinyl and released for probably the first time on cd and definitely the first time digitally. More than likely it is because of the anniversary of her passing.

She died like she lived – dramatically – she had a pretty tough life. Maybe that is why the crying, hurting songs can be sung with such truth and power. If you look at the writers of these songs, you will understand where the respect is aimed at and who is doing the aiming. It is not hard to see why she can sing these songs so convincingly, as though she wrote them herself.

Fans of traditional country music will know these songs and this voice instantly. While Kenny does not feature on this album, he probably sang more duets with Dottie than he sang with Dolly. You can understand the partnering with both, as they have a lot of similar qualities in performance and style.

Like a lot of musos who died too young and tragically, Dottie packed an awful lot of songs into a short time. Early in her career, Dottie made great friends with some of the biggest country music stars of all time. Back then they were just young, up and coming talents, or soon to be discovered ones – Loretta, Willie, Dolly, Tammy, etc. She had a lot of problems and tragedy in her life which stopped her from doing more as a solo artist, but probably added substance to what she sang.

She was from a school country music that never really dies. It is music that will be continually covered, appreciated, played over and over again. You will need a big box of tissues when you listen to this album, but as your heart is breaking, your tears are falling, there will be a huge bucket of appreciation for a voice which is country gold.

I have heard that there is another “Collection” album to be released later in the year. It could be another one to track down to give you the full picture and the legacy that will carry on.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1.“It’s Dawned on Me You’re Gone”Hank CochranRed Lane2:50
2.“As Long as I Love You”Dolly Parton3:07
3.“Love’s Farewell”Wayne White2:29
4.“I’m Only Human”Alex Zanetis3:50
5.Today I Started Loving You AgainMerle Haggard3:00
6.“Left Over Feelings”William C. Rainsford2:38
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1.(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You AgainDallas FrazierA.L. “Doodle” Owens3:14
2.Tomorrow Never ComesJohnny BondErnest Tubb2:40
3.“You Destroyed Me”Rainsford3:06
4.“I Stayed Long Enough”Tammy Wynette2:18
5.“Loving You (Has Meant Everything to Me)”Don Gibson2:56

Musical personnel

Technical personnel

  • Danny Davis – producer
  • Tom Pick – engineering
  • Al Puchucki – engineering
  • Roy Shockley – recording technician
  • Tasso Vendikos – photography

Totally Biased Fan Review – Ice Cream Man – 8 Ball Aitken

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8 Ball Aitken is one in a million (pun intended) and he’s ours (when he is not America’s) and we love him for his uniqueness. He is the man who plays guitars made out of biscuit tins, space shuttle fragments, a few bits from the Eiffel Tower, a jaffle iron, old Ford cars, the old roof from the Pub with no beer, footy boots and cricket bats….well, some of those things and a whole lot more.

It has been a tough year for 8, stuck in the U.S for more time than usual, having to have surgery, and delivering most of his gigs via the Internet and Facebook. He still managed to be productive and find his way home to Australia.

This album had me at the title and 8’s album covers are always great to view. I had heard Hard Times and Struggle, he sang it at last year’s Tamworth and of course his co-writer, Allan Caswell does a version on his latest album which is a bit different.

He did try a few new songs out on us on his online gigs as well. He is back in Queensland now, doing some gigs and things are almost back to normal for him. I do love Peace, Love and Understanding, Boomerang and Weight of the World a lot.

8 delivers a few different types of country. I guess that the blues element is always there, the swamp music and a touch of cajun. The production is always top class, he is a guitar man and that is always front and centre the focus. His husky, bluesy, slightly twangy voice and a strong rhythm section is also a strong feature of 8’s songs. Mother Nature’s Mad has a cool riff, and there is always a cool riff in 8’s songs.

A lot of 8’s music centres now on that bluesy, rocky feel. It is changing direction a bit from some of the more country tones that it used to have and it is getting a bit more towards pure blues. As I wrote in a previous post, there are now about 94 types of country music and they have cousins in other genres. Good music, in the end is good music.

Ending the album with Weight of the World is a good thang. It is an awesome song and rounds the album off well.

8 always delivers and gives us something to treasure. He pushes the envelope when it needs to be pushed and he throws in something familiar for us to hold on to. In a world that is forever changing, it is nice to have that guarantee.

Great job, 8. May the cool music continue.

Songs

1.     Ice Cream Man

2.     What Goes Up

3.     Peace, Love And Understanding

4.     Boomerang

5.     Flames Of Love

6.     Love Me Or Leave Me

7.     Hard Times And Struggle

8.     Mother Nature’s Mad

9.     Solitaire

10.  Weight Of The World

All songs written by 8 bar track 1 with Zed Charles, track 7 with Allan Caswell and track 8 with Phillip J Russell.

Musos:

8 Ball Aitken: Vocals, guitars, bass, harmonica

Tom Hambridge: Drums and Percussion

Buddy Leach: Sax, Keys, clav, bells, backing vocals

Dillion James Aitken: Hammond Organ Piano, Backing Vocals

Taya Chani: Backing Vocals

Alice Wallace: Backing Vocals

Josue Vilches: Backing Vocals

Michael Caruana: Clav

Tim Carter: Banjo

Produced by 8 Ball Aitken

Mixed by Tom Hambridge and Michael Saint-Leon at Switchyard Studios, Nashville

Engineered by 8 Ball Aitken at Red Rocker Studio and Tim Carter at the Tree House, Nashville

Mastered by: Dave Harris, Studio B Mastering

Photography: Toby Kroner

Album Artwork: Lindy Loo and 8 Ball.