Just for kicks – Country Songs starting with K playlist.

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Due to my pals Rock Man and Leonie McClure taking up an alphabet challenge on 2RRR with rock and country songs respectively, I am going to put my country songs starting with K here – (for Kaz, naturally). Here is my playlist for K if I was on radio.

King – Katie Brianna

King of the Sky – Andrew Swift

Keeper of the Stars – Tracy Byrd

King of the Road – Roger Miller

Killin’ Time – Clint Black

Knowing That You’re There – Allan Caswell

Kiss an Angel Good Morning – Charley Pride

Kentucky Rain – Elvis Presley

Keeping the Faith – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Keep Me in the dark – Imogen Clark

Kew – James Van Cooper

Keep Holding On – Jetty Road

Keep the wolves from my door – Jo Caseley

Knocking on your screen door – John Prine

Kids in the street – Justin Townes Earle

Keep it to Yourself – Kacey Musgraves

Kings and Queens – Karin Page

Kimberley Girl – Tom Curtain

Kings Horses – Tori Forsyth

Keeping Bars in Business – Lainey Wilson

Kiss it (and make it better) Dolly Parton

Kimberley – Aly Cook

Kandahar Lullaby – Doug McIntyre

Kimberly Moon – Tania Kernaghan

Kidman Rides Away – Dean Perrett

Keep Us Apart – Andy Penkow

King of the Kenworth – Billy Pitt and Jarrod Hickling

Kate’s Pretty Green Dress – Bill Jackson

Kimberley Time – Chris Matthews

Kissing a girl goodnight – Drew McAlister

Key of Love – The Family Sowell

Kimberley Frontier – Graeme Connors

Kedron Brook – Kevin Johnson

Keep On The Firing Line – Marty Stuart

Keep it to Myself – Kelly Brouhaha

Keep this love alive – Melissa Robertson

Knowing you – Kenny Chesney

Kindergarten Fete – Michael Waugh

Kiama – Kevin Sullivan

Kick it Tomorrow – Liam Brew

The King and I – Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes

Keys in the mailbox – Marie Hodson

Kiss Me of Kill Me – Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes

King of the Bar Room – Lee Forster and Stuie French

Kameruka Nights – The New Graces

Karma – Pam Tillis

Kryptonite – Route 33

The Key – Phil and Lana

The Key – Vince Gill

Keep you hangin’ Round – Phil Doublet

The Keeper – Phil Doublet

The Kingston Flyer – Phil Doublet

Kitchen Table – Rex Dallas with Ashleigh Dallas

There are probably plenty of others, but this is a start!

One more time – The 79 types of country music – plus one

It has been requested again, so I am just going to post it and press the repeat button when I am asked in future. I would like to make this point quite clear – this is not my list. It is an old story, but back in 2004, when I returned from Tamworth Country Music Festival, I was sent an email from one of the official Tamworth Country Music organisations, asking me to complete a survey. They asked me normal questions like was it my first time to Tamworth, where did I stay, what did I do, where did I eat and it had a question that I have been asked repeatedly about for 17 years. Which of the following types of Country Music did you listen to in Tamworth? There were 79 types. I had to tick boxes. To be honest, I am still not quite sure what a lot of them mean, and thus I would be flat out giving you an example. Some are more obvious – again, this is not my list, I just checked (yes or no, as George Strait would sing). Added to that is Allan Caswell’s donation, Temporary Country and now it is 93, given a site that I looked up this morning which added some more. So it is 93 or 94 types now. In the end, if it floats your boat (or horse), just enjoy it for what it is.

Country Blues

Country Rock (Hard)

Country Rock (Soft)

Steam Punk Country

Country Comedy

Newgrass

Children’s Country

Spoken Word Country

Appalacian Country

Yodelling

Classic Country

Country Swing

Texas Swing

Yodelling

Country Waltzes

Calypso Country

Northern Country

Southern Country

Heartland Country

Disco Country

Fusion Country

Country Romantic Music

Country Love Songs

Thread Country

Blues and Roots Country

Orchestral Country

Country Strings

Country Brass

Country Steel

Latin Country

Mexican Country

Outback Country

Bar Room Country

Gothic Country

Cowpunk

Bakersfield sound

Neo Traditional Bluegrass

Bluegrass gospel

Bro Country

Bubblegum Country

Canadian Country Music

Christian Country Music

Urban Country

Cosmopolitan Country

Franco-Country

Gulf and Western

Hokum

Honky Tonk

Lubbock Sound

Nashville Sound

Psychobilly

Punkabilly

Outlaw Country

Talking Blues

Truck-driving Country

Southern Soul

Southern Rock

Red Dirt

Tex/mex

New Mexico Music

Countrypolitan

Country Reggae

Country Gospel

Plains Country

Island Country

Hillbilly Country

Home Sewn Country

Bluegrass

Soultry

Traditional Australian Country

Traditional American Country

Celtic Country

Swamp Music

Cajun Music

Country Pop

Thrash Country

Alt. Country (Americana)

Country Folk

Bush Ballads

Mountain Music

Country and Western

Western Music

West Coast Country

Punktry

Kiwi Country

Contemporary Country

Heavy Metal Country

Country Instrumental

and Temporary Country (added by Allan Caswell)

Totally Biased Fan Review – Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 – Nancy Sinatra

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Tracklist

1-1Bang Bang
1-2These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
1-3Sugar Town
1-4So Long, Babe
1-5How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?
1-6Friday’s Child
1-7You Only Live Twice
1-8Summer Wine
1-9Some Velvet Morning
1-10Lightning’s Girl
1-11Sand
1-12Lady Bird
2-1Jackson
2-2Happy
2-3How Are Things In California?
2-4Hook And Ladder
2-5Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham
2-6Paris Summer
2-7Arkansas Coal (Suite)
2-8Down From Dover
2-9Kind Of A Woman
2-10Machine Gun Kelly
2-11(L’été Indien) Indian Summer
With Lee Greenwood.

I put this album on pre-ordered this album a long time ago, it has taken a while to become fully available. It is under the category of country on Itunes, and a lot would disagree. I find that I can detect country music in most songs, maybe it is my unique ears, or maybe it is some kind of intuition, but it is there. Everything has to come from something. I only know that my kids at wiggle and jiggle love Boots are Made for walking, who usually prefer rap. With a long time collaborator, Lee Greenwood and countless copycat shows about the two, it is definitely an album that smells of country. My roots are in the 60’s…I was born there, and folk, blues, roots and early rock and roll were all based on a cousin called country.

Nancy, of course, is the daughter of some reputable singer called Frank, sister of another bloke called Frank and a sister of a producer called Tina. They are mates with The Martins and all of the Rat Pack, and even before young Nancy Jnr sang her first note, she was famous.

This album is just full of wonderful memories, and there is definitely a country thread. Nancy Sinatra has style, class and she has the tubes. This lady has some serious cred on her own without having to link it with the above.

This is an Itunes buy, so I don’t have songwriting credits or production and muso creds here, but what I do have is a lady who can sing just about anything and in many respects, is and always has been an underrated singer and performer, sometimes being part of a famous circle can be damaging and unfair.

Some Velvet Morning is actually the name of a venue in Melbourne which plays mainly Alt. Country Music (Americana) and folk. Here she sings songs like Jackson, and a whole heap of songs with Lee Greenwood, which wreak of country.

There is a pretty famous tribute show of Nancy and Lee that has done the rounds in Australia for many years. It is totally country. Many of the tracks are included here…including Arkansas Coal, Paris Summer, Jackson, etc.

On her own, Machine Gun Kelly, Hello L.A, Bye Bye Birmingham, Kind of a Woman,How does that Grab you darlin’? etc are definitely country.

For those who doubt that this album is country, I recommend that you compare it to some of those who say that they are.

This is a wonderful almost best of by an amazing woman called Nancy Sinatra, technically, Nancy Sinatra Jnr, who does the mob proud, with sass, vinegar and vocal power.

As a child of the sixties, and a country music fan since birth, welcome to the mob.

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Totally Biased Fan Review – Off the Cuff – Born in Nebraska – Rich Davies and The Low Road

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I have been lucky enough to meet Rich and see and hear him play his original tunes and with and without my dear country music brother, Michael Waugh. I couldn’t resist this, then, because I love Rich’s music and his interpretation of other great songwriters’ music but also because he is just such a beaut bloke and I knew that he would put love and passion into this album, because that’s what he does. He is a 100 percenter.

Of course, I am a big Springsteen fan, so that helps too. Springsteen brought out an amazing country album last year, but I have always found some country in what Springsteen does. Having said that, Rich sings and writes a lot of different kinds of music too, so it is not a stretch.

Maybe I am looking at too many parallels, but Bruce’s band is the E Street Band (for those who have been living under a non musical rock), and Rich’s band is the Low Road! Sorry, couldn’t resist.

You can tell by Rich’s subtitle that he is much more articulate than myself, but you get the picture. This album is lovingly produced. Rich has been very careful to present each song without impersonating or attempting to impersonate Bruce and his band, it is simply a tribute to one of the world’s greatest artists and his music.

The soul and spirit of Bruce’s music is there without copying it note for note and vocally.

We all know the songs, particularly if we grew up in the era when Born in The USA and Nebraska were huge. My favourite album of Bruce’s is still The River, but it is hard to go past Born in the USA for popularity and sheer iconism. (Kaz word). My Hometown, I’m On Fire, Dancing in the Dark, Glory Days and my personal favourite interpretation, No Surrender (which was my favourite on the original!) are all wonderful. Born in The U.S.A. is perhaps too Bruce to be anything else, but that is a tough image and sound to get out of your head. Cover Me sounds more like Elvis than Bruce, but it could be argued that there is a lot of Elvis in Bruce….as there is a lot of Dylan in Bruce.

Glory Days is close No Surrender as my favourite, but as I alluded to with No Surrender, Glory Days was also a favourite on Born in The USA. It is a more mellow approach than Springsteen made on his album, but in many ways, I prefer it….as I get older, I prefer slower and smoother.

This must have taken a lot of time and dedication to get this right. It could have gone badly in the wrong hands. I have never seen, heard or read anything that Rich creates which doesn’t have that wonderful touch to it. As I wrote above, he’s a 100 percenter.

He has the voice and the talent for it, and being a songwriter himself, he looks a bit deeper into the meaning of the words and the music than a singer would. These are all brilliant songs, classic songs from a classic album. A wise person once said, what is a singer without a song? While it is true that a great song can sometimes seem good even when left in the hands of an okay singer, it really does take someone who can go a few more layers down into the song to get a result like this.

To be honest, I wouldn’t trust just anybody with this project. It would have to be a pretty special artist (and a brave one) to take on such an amazing piece of music history.

And Rich Davies is pretty special. Do your ears a favour, keep an open mind and give this a listen. Then go and listen to Rich’s original.

Take the low road to the high road.

Tracks

I’m On Fire

My Hometown

Darlington County

Dancing in the Dark

I’m Goin’ Down

No Surrender

Working On A Highway

Bobby Jean

Downbound Train

Born in The USA

Cover Me

Glory Days

Totally Biased Fan Review – Kaz’s Greatest Air Triangle Country Hits – Kaz Stumpy Johnson

In a world gone mad, I thought that I would add a bit of fun silly to your day. There are reasons why I write about music and I don’t play it or sing it. I have absolutely no talent in that area.  I do love music though….lots of kinds – and in a moment of fun, I decided to make up a mock album of something that has become a bit of a running joke with my friends (those of the talented variety) and myself.

Some of the titles will be vaguely familiar to you, others are ones that I have conjured up myself.

Now to the serious stuff…..this is totally for a laugh. The album is not available anywhere. It is just for fun.

Kaz Stumpy Johnson does not usually do covers, but she has taken some classic country songs and made them her own in her usual dingaling style. Added to these wonderful re-creations, she has penned some amazing songs with her trusty air triangle and air pen.

All of these songs have reached the top three in Trianglesilvania, Triangladad, Triangleparary and Triangleworth (of course!)

Her air singing to match her air triangle playing will go down in history as being just about the most iconic silent voice work of all time. There are already plans to make a silent movie of her wonderful songs which so many people can’t relate to but wish that they could.

If you could buy this album, it would be the first one that you would grab from your KTEL record holder to play each day.

Remember, folks, Triangle a little kindness every day, it will let a little sunshine into your lives.

 

 

Track Listing:

Triangle A Little Kindness – Bobby Austin/Curt Sapaugh/Kaz Johnson

Triangle to think about Elvis – Gary Burr/Kaz Johnson

The More We Triangle – Kenny Loggins/Kaz Johnson

Triangle to Remember – Tom Jones/Harvey Schmidt/Kaz Johnson

I’m gonna triangle and be that way – Johnny Cash/Kaz Johnson

Hard as I triangle – Gene MacLellan/Kaz Johnson

Three sides to the story – Kaz Johnson

I’m just a Countriangle Girl – Kaz Johnson

(Looking at life) From a different Triangle – Kaz Johnson

From Three Sides Now – Joni Mitchell/Kaz Johnson

3 Sides are better than one – Kaz Johnson

That’s the Ding that I remember about you – Kaz Johnson

Produced by Kaz Stumpy Johnson at  Ding Ding Studios, Victoria

All air triangles played by Kaz Stumpy Johnson

 

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Totally Biased Fan Review (Off the Cuff) – X.X. – Pete O’Brien

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I have put this new album in the off the cuff section because this is a self-professed pop album. Pete (my Bundy brother) has his roots in country and blues but this is a new venture for him.

He may be trying a different path, but as this recent pic shows, he still has the check shirt on, so I think that you will hear some country blues on this album too.  After all, there are 20 tracks – very generous these days and it covers a lot of ground.

Long Road, Ride the Sky, Son of Mine, Child, Sex on Fire,  Aussie Girls, Together, Goodbye and Hysteria have elements of country blues in them. Long Road is probably my favourite track on the album. These are all terrific songs. Pop can mean bubble gum music these days, I would lean more to rock or blues. I would never think of Pete’s music as pop, that is too shallow. Pete’s music always has substance, no matter what he produces. As a wise muso recently said, country music can be found in most songs if you dig deep enough.  In the end, good music is good music.

This album is quite epic – in length and in content. It is very personal, being largely autobiographical. There are 4 covers and the rest are Pete. See if you can pick them. I know Crazy is one of them (not the Willie Nelson song made famous by Patsy Cline). It is the Seal song, if I am not mistaken. Awesome version.

I only have the iTunes version of this album, so I can’t give you a lot of details. I know Pete very well now, for a long time, though we have never met in person, he feels like a brother. You can learn a lot about a person by their words and music and Pete has helped me through P.Ms on Facebook through a lot of ups and downs. He is a kind and caring person and it comes through on his songs. I think that it is the Bundy connection. My grandmother was from there. We have fun arguments about the footy and have had some colourful conversations about all sorts of things.

To know the man is to know his music and visa versa. Pete can really sing anything. His voice is quite powerful, soulful and his delivery is always emotional and heartfelt.

It has been a while since Pete has released new music and he has worked very hard to get this album up and running. I base a lot of my music likes on the people who make the music. Pete is a great bloke (I’ll get him to go for the Roosters one day!) His music reflects that. The two factors usually go together. Give Pete a listen…he doesn’t fit into any particular box, his music laps over into several genres.

Enjoy…..

 

 

 

 

Track listing

Aussie Girls

Heroes

Have a Nice Day

Secondhand Princess

Hate

Ride the Sky

Selina

Screaming Eagle

Free the People

Long Road

Son of Mine

Crazy

Devil Black dog

Hysteria

Together

Child

Blue Moon Rising

Sex on Fire

Where’s the Party At

Goodbye

Please help – this is not about me or Donna, this is about helping Felicity and her girls and raising awareness.

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Hi folks, in its infinite wisdom, Facebook has taken down every post that we have shared of our campaign to help Felicity and her children. Thank you for posting your pics to our personal message banks. Donna Marie will donate $2 for every pic of you ‘singing the phone book’ and I will donate $1. Every cent of this will go to Felicity and her girls to help them out and to raise awareness for their very tough loss. We have already raised a fair bit of tosh and we hope to raise much more by the time Tamworth comes and at Tamworth itself. I have already a box with a fair bit of coin in it. Others have donated as well. I am not sure why Facebook has deleted our pictures, but the charity event goes on…or more aptly, we are helping out a mate. You just need to send us a pic of you and a phone book. Thanks to Gina Timms, Leonie McClure and others who want to do more at  Tamworth. Whatever, Facebook omits, we will submit. This is not about us two fans, this is about helping someone who we care about.  Please help

It is now not just female artists, but all artists and fans who want to help too.

The original idea came from Lachlan Bryan who suggested to me that even the best female vocalist may not be able to sing the  phone book beautifully. So here we are, doing something fun for someone who deserves it.

Let us help Fliss and the girls out.

 

 

Kaz’s Fave 100 American (and some Canadian) Country Music Albums in my lifetime

Yo folks, well, I have been delaying this. While this was not as hard, in some ways, as compiling my Australian Country Music Top 100, it certainly has been tough. I have tried to leave Greatest Hits albums out, though some have filtered through. I stress that this is in my lifetime – 1963-2019 and therefore, there are a lot of good ones from before this time – Hank Williams, for example, that I have left out. Patsy just snuck in.

There were a few beauties that just missed the cut and could really easily fit in to this 100. This is purely based on my taste and of course, I have excellent taste! Apart from the no. 1 album, any of these albums could feature in any of these positions, I love all of them. I have said many times that the number 1 album is my favourite. It is the album from the Americas that I play the most. Some may surprise you, others definitely won’t, if you know my taste. So, here are she be, a totally biased, 100.

  1. There’s More Where That Came From – Lee Ann Womack
  2. The Austin Sessions – Kris Kristofferson
  3. I Still Believe In You – Vince Gill
  4. Old 8 x 10 – Randy Travis
  5.  Come On, Come On – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  6. Days Gone By – James House
  7. Long Stretch of Lonesome – Patty Loveless
  8. Back Home Again – John Denver
  9. Love Songs – Tanya Tucker
  10. Three Chords and The Truth – Sara Evans
  11. Nashville Skyline – Bob Dylan (featuring Johnny Cash)
  12.  Everywhere – Tim McGraw
  13. Guitars and Cadillacs – Dwight Yoakam
  14. Road Tested – Bonnie Raitt and Friends
  15. Lead On – George Strait
  16. See If I Care – Gary Allan
  17. Thinkin’ About You – Trisha Yearwood
  18. The Hard Way – Clint Black
  19.  Double Live – Garth Brooks
  20. The Restless Kind – Travis Tritt
  21. For My Broken Heart – Reba McEntire
  22. Real Man – Billy Dean
  23. Photographs and Memories – Jim Croce
  24. Sweet Talk and Good Lies – Heather Myles
  25. Alabama Song – Allison Moorer
  26.  Old Enough to Know Better – Wade Hayes
  27. Songs From The Movie – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  28. Drive – Alan Jackson
  29. Cage the Songbird – Crystal Gayle
  30. Always and Forever – Randy Travis
  31. Let’s Keep it That Way – Anne Murray
  32.  Blame The Vain – Dwight Yoakam
  33.  Rumour Has It – Reba McEntire
  34.  The Song Remembers When – Trisha Yearwood
  35. Ten Feet Tall and Bullet Proof – Travis Tritt
  36. Revelation – Joe Nichols
  37. Did I shave my legs for this? Deana Carter
  38. Greatest Hits – Pam Tillis
  39.  Van Lear Rose – Loretta Lynn
  40. Blue Kentucky Girl – Emmylou Harris
  41. Acoustic Sessions – Rodney Crowell
  42. Walk The Line (Studio Album – 1964 ) Johnny Cash
  43. Lee Ann Womack – Lee Ann Womack
  44. Civil War – Nashville Sessions – Various
  45.  The Best Of – Don Williams
  46.  Sweet Dreams Soundtrack – Patsy Cline
  47.  A Thousand Winding Roads – Joe Diffie
  48.  Easy Come, Easy Go – George Strait
  49.  The Grass Is Blue – Dolly Parton
  50.  Cass County – Don Henley
  51. The Eagles Greatest (Blue Cover)
  52.  Infamous Angel – Iris DeMent
  53. When The Wrong One Loves You Right – Wade Hayes
  54.  Back To Me – Kathleen Edwards
  55.  The Road Goes On Forever – The Highwaymen
  56.  Storms of Life – Randy Travis
  57.  LIVE – Alison Krauss and Union Station
  58.  The Best of Collin Raye – Collin Raye
  59.  GP/Grievious Angel – Gram Parsons
  60.  I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
  61.  Sunday Morning To Saturday Night – Matraca Berg
  62. Stranger Than The Truth – Reba McEntire
  63.  Souvenirs – John Prine
  64.  She Remembers Everything – Rosanne Cash
  65.  Greatest Hits – Beth Nielsen Chapman
  66.  The Late Great….. – Townes Van Zandt
  67.  Goodbye Girl – David Gates
  68.  Trio – Linda, Dolly and Emmylou
  69.  Wide Open Spaces – The Dixie Chicks
  70.  Car Wheels on A Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams
  71.  Between Now and Forever – Bryan White
  72.  Keepers: Greatest Hits – Tracy Byrd
  73.  8 Seconds Soundtrack – Various
  74.  Full Circle – Loretta Lynn
  75.  Born To Fly – Sara Evans
  76.  The Key – Vince Gill
  77.  Simple Dreams – Linda Ronstadt
  78.  Let Them Be Little – Billy Dean
  79.  Colvin and Earle – Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle
  80.  Some Days Are Diamonds – John Denver
  81.  4.5 – Indigo Girls
  82.  Highways and Heartaches – Wade Hayes
  83.  Tarpaper Sky – Rodney Crowell
  84.  What I Do Best – John Michael Montgomery
  85.  The Travelling Kind – Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris
  86.  Love and Honour – Ricky Van Shelton
  87.  Solid Ground – Ricky Skaggs
  88.  Duets – Reba and Friends
  89.  Adios – Glen Campbell
  90.  Country Music – Marty Stuart
  91.  Same Trailer, Different Park – Kacey Musgraves
  92.  Girl Going Nowhere – Ashley McBryde
  93.  The Thorns – The Thorns
  94.  Greatest Hits – Martina McBride
  95.  The Lonely, The Lonesome and The Gone – Lee Ann Womack
  96.  Blade – Ashley Monroe
  97.  Part II – Brad Paisley
  98.  Django and Jimmie – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
  99.  Everywhere We Go – Kenny Chesney
  100.  Come On Over – Shania Twain.

Totally Biased Fan Review – Number 26 – Gary Leonard Hammond

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Anybody who has been reading my reviews on my blogs over the years, knows that I have reviewed most of Gary’s albums. Gary’s music doesn’t have a specific genre. It tends to bounce around between many kinds of music. Gary writes all of his own songs that he records, as well as featuring in a covers band regularly. Gary was a footy player in the VFA and is still ranked in the top ten goal kickers of all time. His number was 26. There is an interesting video on Gary, I think that it is still on Youtube which looks at his footy, his life and his music.

I love Gary’s songwriting. He is never afraid to tackle big issues or controversial ones. His views are similar to mine, so it is easy to connect on that level. His songs go down easy, like a fine cognac (or how I imagine a fine cognac to go down if I wasn’t on a beer budget!)

If you have listened to Gary’s music before, you will recognise a few of these songs – like Would You Marry Me Again, which I have played a few times on 2GLF and the single Have You Seen Ruby? The opening track is quite uptempo for a Gary recording. I really like it, it is a good way to start. Rolling Hill is beautiful, apparently, from what I have read, it is about Gary’s parents. It will definitely find a way onto my new playlist.

We are gifted with a baker’s dozen on this recording. There are some gentle, celtic like tunes, some soft swing, some blues, and yes some country. There are some folkish songs and they are all good, whatever the album. I have often thought that Gary is like Dylan and Kristofferson, his voice fits his songs. It Amazes Me is one of those soft swing songs and it is almost making a crooner out of him.

Each song has a unique fade out to it. You have to be a little bit prepared for it, but once you get used to it, it just adds to the ambience. I liked Have you seen Ruby? from the moment that I heard it. It almost has a 50’s sound to it. Over the Hill goes back even further, it is a fusion between a few bluesy/jazzy styles.

Caught in the Rain has a touch of Gilbert O’Sullivan about it from the seventies but it also has trombone representing that 40’s sound. That is the beauty of Gary’s songs, they not only represent different genres, they represent different decades and eras.

Any train song is good by me. All Aboard the Train almost sounds like Peter Gabriel. There…another one.

I have already mentioned Would You Marry Me Again…it is a slightly different version from the original, but it still cool. I really like this song.

In their shoes has a touch of the George Benson about it, Father has some beautiful harmonies and the musical arrangement is spot on. It is a sad song in many ways….old softy here had a few tears….but that’s not a bad thing.

I think that Travelling is the most country kind of song that Gary sings. It is catchy and has some cool twangy guitars. This one would go down very well at Tamworth.

Holy Man has a touch of Paul Simon’s Gracelands about it. It also has a bit of a doo wop feel about it as well.

Typical of Gary, he finishes with something that most people would probably start with, “In the Beginning”, however, it is a good fade out song, instrumentally and a launching pad….as well as being a reflective piece in many ways.

Gary and I have never met. We have been facebook friends forever and we have shared thoughts and “we have to catch up” but we keep missing each other in real life. His wife has become a good pen pal too! One day we will get our act together. If you like a bit of everything, this is a thinking person’s artist and a thinking person’s music. You can also just mellow out to it.

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Totally Biased Fan Review: Libby O’Donovan – Back to Broken Hill

 

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To be honest, I would have probably never known about Libby O’Donovan if it hadn’t been for my huge admiration for Beccy Cole. And that would have been a huge loss. I am a musical tragic, so I may have eventually found her that way but after being to 46 Beccy gigs, having all her albums, sharing the Central Coast with Beccy and Tamworth and reviewing her book as well, I am a bit of kinda a huge fan of Beccy Cole.  Beccy introduced me musically to Libby O’Donovan. There is nothing that this woman can’t sing. What a bloody amazing talent. There is not a style of music that she can’t power through.

As part of Beccy’s band and her support act, I have been able to hear and see Libby. I particularly enjoy the Australianization duets of Jolene with Beccy and their mix of styles in their medley at their gigs. You have to hear and see this to believe it. What did my heart in was when Libby sang the song that she co-wrote with Beccy from the album Sweet Rebecca, Songs Remember When. Both versions of the song are extraordinary. I would go as far to say that it is one of my favourite Aussie songs of any genre. It hits home for me, which probably makes it more poignant, and I do cry when I hear it but it is just beautiful.

Naturally, this album has Libby’s version.

This album is basically autobiographical. It is branded Adult Contemporary, but it is a mix of many styles, and yes, some are countryish. Libby has had an amazing life. It is pretty much all covered here with songs about her parents, her youth, her ups and downs and her family and relationships in general. There are a lot of Australian references on this album, from a salute to our wide, great land to the little idiosyncrasies that are in our lives.

It is bluesy, jazzy, country, soulish, a song or two that you would imagine in a musical, just about everything.

This is an amazing album. I am not really surprised, just delighted that it is everything that I expected it to be and more.

Thank you Beccy for introducing me to this wonderful woman and her music. Thank you Libby, for delivering such an amazing album.

Tracks:

Back to Broken Hill

Don’t Feel Down

Estelle

From This Mother To My Mother

Preacher Man

No one tells my darling what to do

Donna

All that I wanted

8 Years and Counting

Songs Remember Me

Not Gonna Miss Me