Country Music People March 2019 - Page 36

albumreviews Country Music Playlist What we’ve been listening to: ROSIE FLORES Simple Case Of The Blues For 2019 Rosie Flores does blues and soul. The singer-guitarist has been busy entertaining us since the 1980s and as usual she doesn’t disappoint. Simple Case Of The Blues offers some passionate takes on a collection of mainly cover versions. Rosie Flores has superb musical taste, and her record collection probably contains many gems. At the heart of Simple Case Of The Blues are some of the best blues cover versions of recent years. Mercy Fell Like Rain has a slight gospel feel enhanced by the backing singers. Rosie Flores’ powerful vocal and guitar playing make this song seem shorter than its near five minutes running time. The title song isn’t a cover, it’s an original song co-written by Rosie Flores. Here we get a blues track with a foot-tapping melodic edge, and another fine vocal. The original version of Dwight Yoakam’s If There Was A Way was a psychedelic country gem. Rosie Flores imbues the song with a soulful country-blues feel. Rosie Flores sure can sing. The final song on the album is a cover of the old Solomon Burke soul classic If You Need Me. This version captures the classic soul feel with organ, horns, and a superb vocal and it really catches fire. The middle section of the song features the duelling guitars of Rosie Flores and Kenny Vaughan. The release also offers more upbeat tracks like I Want To Do More, an old Lieber and Stoller song, plus the instrumental Teenage Rampage which has some neat rock ‘n’ roll style piano. Also, lets not forget the slinky late-night blues of Enemy Hands. Rosie Flores’ new album is mainly blues-based and it’s a cracker. Even as one decade melts into the next Rosie’s voice remains strong and passionate. The singer still gives everything for each song and lets not forget her wonderful guitar playing as well. Simple Case Of The Blues contains some of the best blues tracks of recent years. Anyone who enjoyed the superb Mandy Barnett album from last year may like this new album. A certain style burns through Rosie Flores music, long may this continue. Paul Riley JIM STRINGER & THE A.M. BAND (Play Other People’s) Gold Records Home / Hello Walls / Sweet Dreams (Of You) / Steel Guitar Rag Producer: Jim Stringer Independent 34:17 go down well, and maybe he can flog this album from next to the stage and that’s might be its prime purpose. Mountain Of Love and It Keeps Right On A Hurtin’ were the songs I welcomed most, but it wasn’t long before I found myself seeking out Green Green Grass Of Home by Porter, Paycheck, Jones, or any of the other versions I have. Then I got to thinking how well Rodney Crowell did Above And Beyond… and that’s the trouble with songs this well-known. Go see Stringer if you’re ever in Austin, but it’s hard to recommend this album no matter how solid gold the songs are. The thing is, I know Stringer really knows his honky tonk and could’ve found some things we haven’t heard so much, and that’s what’s most disappointing. Duncan Warwick  1/2 George Strait Honky Tonk Time Machine Victoria George Victoria George & The High Lonesome James Steinle South Texas Homecoming Stetson Walker Let Me Introduce You Shawn Fenner Bad Decisions Trisha Yearwood Let’s Be Frank The Cleverlys Blue Hayes Carll What It Is Zac Clifton Honky Tonk Heaven Heather Aitken Long Story Short Dale Watson Call Me Lucky Robert Ellis Texas Piano Man Tony Corrales Country Looks Good On You Love Don’t Love Nobody / Mercy Fell Like Rain / I Want To Do More / Simple Case Of The Blues / Drive, Drive, Drive / ‘Till The Well Runs Dry / If There Was A Way / That’s What You Gotta Do / Enemy Hands / Teenage Rampage / If You Need Me Producers: Charlie Sexton, Kenny Vaughan & Dave Roe The Last Music Company 41:18  1/2 THOUSANDS OF RARE COUNTRY CDs FOR SALE All in perfect condition NEW LISTS every SIX WEEKS Send large SAE to: J&J Country Sales Oak Ridge, Shootersway Berkhampsted, Herts, HP4 3ND 36 cmp - MARCH 2019 Mountain of Love / From a Jack to a King / Oh Lonesome Me / Jambalaya / It Keeps Right on a Hurtin’ / Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line / Above and Beyond / Act Naturally / Green Green Grass of Jim Stringer has been active on the Austin scene for decades. He writes, produces, and is a go-to guitar player for many an Austin artist but his latest features covers of “Other People’s” Gold Records. That means there are covers of some massive hits here. Most of them too massive, and because of that, too often covered. Jambalaya, Sweet Dreams, Hello Walls, and several others are just too obvious and because of that this release seems just a bit lazy. However, in an evening at Ginny’s Little Longhorn in the company of Stringer and his A.M. Band any of these tunes would