You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man - Sweet Dreams - I Don't Claim To Be An Angel/Honky Tonk Angels - Help Me Make It Through The Night - I Love You Arizona - Seven Lonely Days - Bill Bailey Won't You Come Home - I'm Not Lisa - Jolene - Somebody Somewhere - Coat Of Many Colors - She's Got You - South Of The Border - Stand By Your Man - God Bless America Again
One of the best things about the Country Music Associations CD Awards show is that it's over! It has become one of the most phony, money grubbing, ego maniacal music events in America. Which makes it even more pleasant for me to have the opportunity to listen to a 'real' country music artist to counter the incredible falseness of 'commercial country' music today. Angie Sanger is a 'real' country artist, and she proves it, with her real voice, her real presence, her real music backing....all of it 'real' country. She doesn't spend millions of dollars to get people to listen to her recordings. She doesn't run her voice through the magic-box to remove any irregularities. She doesn't 'buy' time on radio and television to 'advertise' her recordings. She doesn't have to. She's real, and the real-deal on this particular CD is absolutely amazing. Her selection of 'real' country music songs done by some of the most gifted female country singers in the history of the genre is stunning. When someone like Miranda Lambert steps into the spotlight to tell us all she's the most decorated female country music artist in history, she fails to 'remember' Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, and Patsy Cline, all of whom have more awards than Lambert can count, and ALL of them are 'real' country singers, not a phony money clinging studio perfected voice like Lambert. Angie Senger is probably a name Lambert has never heard, but she should. One listen to this 'perfect' country voice should make chills in the spine, and it does to most 'true' country music fans. Be that as it may, Angie Senger sings circles around Lambert, and her backing band is as good, or better, than Nashville. Angie (unlike MOST female commercial country singers today) actually plays the rhythm guitar as well as the bass. Joe Chock is on the 'real' pedal steel, Greg Dobb and Mike Walters are on lead guitar, and Kipp Galloway is on a nicely mixed drum. And guess what, this absolutely wonderful CD was recorded in Minnesota. Oh please, don't tell me that 'country' music has to be recorded in Nashville. That's the worst place in the world to get a 'real' country feel in the music today. Take this one to the bank Angie, and I'll submit it to the Rural Roots Music Commission as well. Don't worry, Lambert can't 'buy' the Commission, they're not for sale.
REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART FOR COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS INTERNATIONAL