This album is amazing on so many levels. We often think of Rod as a producer, musician, co-ordinator of big events and we aren’t aware of his own individual talent as a singer and master instrumentalist of his own work. We finally have his wife, Gina Jeffrey’s releasing a new album after a long time and now we have this masterpiece by the man himself.
On this mammoth effort, Rod has written or co-written every song. His vocals are put to the fore and his musicianship and production are top notch, as you would expect from one of Australia’s best producers and instrumentalists.
There is no mistaking this album for pure country, with some high quality bluegrass thrown in and some wonderful duets and a real mix of slower and more up tempo songs.
If you love your guitars and fiddles and mandolins and banjos, then they are all here. I have to say, though that the quality of Rod’s vocals and the songwriting are the surprises here. Why did Rod take so long to give this kind of gift to our ears? Who knew? Often behind the scenes or looking after everybody else, Rod shines in the spotlight here.
This album is a marathon, an amazing one. Every track is special and original. It is hard to pick standouts, as they are all so beautifully crafted and presented. I have witnessed Rod’s work since he started out with his brother Jeff, and the long hair and quietly playing away with his distinctive style for others. This is quite a gem.
Another Tinsel Town, Double Rainbow, Fingerprints (with Gina), Wherever You Go with Claire Lynch are probably amongst my favourites, but there are so many fine tracks. On the bonus edition, there are 19 tracks. It is a feast of superb instrumentals and songs that will have you humming, strumming and tapping your feet.
This is a classy and classic offering of amazing country music. In a year of wonderful surprises this has to be amongst the biggest. More, Rod, More.
Tracks: (Bonus Edition)
Shimmers (R McCormack and G McCormack)
Another TInsel Town (RMcCormack, T Thompson, S Gay)
Brand New Friend (R McCormack, R Bourke, E Adeline)
Covering Your Tracks (R.McCormack, T Lunsford, W. Denney)
Fingerprints featuring Gina Jeffreys (R.McCormack, J.S. Sherrill)
Timeless Traveller (R. McCormack)
Ballad of Willie Johnson (RMcCormack, D. Johnston)
It takes Years (R.McCormack, R. Bourke, E Adeline)
Another Nail (R.McCormack, T Lunsford, W Denney)
It Was Love featuring Clare Lynch (R. McCormack, G Jeffreys, C Majeski)
Wherever You Go (featuring Claire Lynch) (R.McCormack, G. Jeffreys, C Majeski)
Double Rainbow (RMcCormack, J.S. Sherrill)
One Teardrop Away – featuring Tomi Lunsford (R.McCormack, T. Lunsford, W. Denney)
I’m Still Here – (Rod and F. Koller)
Winter Worn (Rod and J.S. Sherrill)
Better Than That (Rod, J.S. Sherrill, E Adeline)
Lock and Key (R.McCormack, T Thompson, S Gay)
Puttin’ Out Fires (Rod, F Koller)
Produced by Rod McCormack
Assisted by Scott Paschall
Mastered by Jeff McCormack
Dave Pomeroy Upright Bass
Andy Leftwich – Mandolin, Fiddle and Tenor Guitar
Aubrey Haynie – Fiddle and Mandolin
Rob Ickes and Justin Moses Dobro
Templeton Thompson – Backing Vocals
Larry Franklin – Fiddle on One teardrop away
Rod McCormack – Guitar, Banjo, Papoose, Vocals and Backing Vocals.