Country Music People December 2017 - Page 30

albumreviews PAUL BOGART Leather  Better With My Baby / Pretty Please / When The Cowboys Are Gone / George Jonesin / Leather / All That Cowboy Jazz / Way Past Beautiful / Grow / This World Is Not My Home / Buckaroo Lullaby Producer: not listed Paul Bogart Music 33:50 30 cmp - DECEMBER 2017 “ ... if you look back fondly at a time a couple of decades ago when country albums actually sounded like country albums, songs had a hook, then this album is made for you.” Try this at home: play When The Cowboys Are Gone to any country fan you know and ask them to guess who it’s by. I think you’ll find every one of them would say Brad Paisley. The song, the voice, it’s like the best record Brad Paisley never made, and the Brad Paisley thing is something that rears its head quite often on Paul Bogart’s album. However, if you like Brad Paisley, especially at his most tuneful and country, or if you look back fondly at a time a couple of decades ago when country albums actually sounded like country albums, songs had a hook, then this album is made for you. On top of that Paul Bogart looks a little bit like a young Clint Black or a distant relation of Roy Rogers and indeed Bogart comes from a competitive ropin’ and ridin’ background in which he’s achieved great success and in certain States out West that’s probably like playing for Manchester United. If there were any justice in the world or we had a time machine and could return to 1993 the title track Leather would be a sure fire chart-topper. For that matter, Pretty Please could have been a hit then, now, or at any time in the future. Also reminiscent of albums from that time is the inclusion of a swingin’ number All That Cowboy Jazz which is sensational and there’s the obligatory waltz of Grow. Apart from Way Past Beautiful which is much more ‘modern’ sounding (but not in a really horrible way) this is an exceptional example of everything a country album ought to be in 2017. You’ll love his treatment of The World Is Not My Home which is every bit the modern honky tonker and George Jonesin is not to be missed whether you’re a fan of Jones or anyone who has attempted to fill his shoes. Bogart has been making records for the whole of this decade and was even spotted in his early days by Garth Brooks who suggested he make the move to Nashville. Ironically, this album is the perfect example of the kind of record Garth should be making and, it could be argued, has struggled to make since No Fences. Modern country as it should be. Duncan Warwick