Country Music People March 2019 - Page 30

STETSON WALKER Let Me Introduce You  As Far As The Eye Can See / Say Hello To Goodbye / That’s When The Party Starts / She’s One Of Those / All About Lovin’ / Down To One Key / It / Tell Me Again / I Hope Your Memory Dies / Good Old Fashioned Love Makin’ Song / Turnin’ Up The Sad Songs / I Was There Producer: not listed Iron Wolf Music 42:02 30 cmp - MARCH 2019 Stetson Walker has a cast iron pedigree for country music, his Grandfather was a backing musician for the likes of George Jones and Elvis Presley on Louisiana Hayride, his mother regularly sang at the Opry and Stetson, a 9th generation Texan, cut his teeth performing Bluegrass in dancehalls and bars from a very early age. This is a man who performed Folsom Prison Blues in a school talent show at the age of eleven, opened the show for Tracy Byrd when he was fifteen and for Mark Chesnutt just a year later. Trust me folks, dues have been paid as these twelve tracks confirm. The opener has a solid country rock feel to it, but with roots that go deep into a couple of decades ago; it’s classic pickup truck, long straight road, windows rolled down, significant other in the passenger seat kind of song. I Was There is something of a departure to close with; it’s pretty much just Stetson and acoustic guitar extolling those old fashioned down home values that used to have a presence on every country music album considered to be worth its salt. In between we get some excellent tunes, including a big swathe of hurtin’ songs. Say Hello To Goodbye is a well put together chronicle of regret, Down To One Key deals, very cleverly, with the aftermath of a break-up and I Hope Your Memory Dies is a real tear jerker laced with introspection. It’s not all doom and gloom though, fans of a good rocking drum thumping Brooks and Dunn style of arena country will enjoy That’s When The Party Starts while All About Lovin would hold its own against any of the more modern interpretations of the genre currently popping out of Nashville. There is almost a George Strait feel to the track It, a clever song about the spark that starts the flame which I can see being a hit with country radio both sides of the water. When you get an album this good from a new name, firstly you should enjoy it for what it is but secondly it will make you wonder just how special Stetson Walker’s next album might possibly be. Chris Smith