Monday, November 24, 2014

CD: JEREMIE RAY FAGA - Where Eagles Fly

Where Eagles Fly
You're Spending Too Much Time On My Mind - Broken - Drugged On Jesus - Your Lips Won't Be Lonely Long - Spread Your Wings And Fly - Iowa Storm - Bottle Of Wine - Long Road In Life - You're Never Too Far Gone - I Need You As A Friend Most Of All - Hope For Today - Fly Where The Eagles Fly
 I was very surprised to hear this album by Jeremie.  It's all his own originals, and that is very impressive.  We've been watching him develop over the past few years here in Iowa, and it's a real pleasure to see him step out on his own, just him and his guitar doing a very nice session at Dry Creek Studio in Omaha.  He was well liked at the LeMars Festival in 2014, and we expect him back, not only there, but at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita, which recently received a really nice story in the Iowa History Journal.  My favorite song on this project is "Iowa Storm," Jeremie seems to know what he's talking about, and a little bit of sound effect makes it interesting.  I like the sound of his guitar, and he plays it well.  Most of his songs are songs of hope, songs of love, songs of friendship.  That's all pretty positive stuff, so unlike modern composers who are lost in a sea of negativity.  He's kind of acoustic country, and needs no outrageous 'noise' to hide his voice.  I'd say he leans a little toward folk music, but not quite, and he definitely is not what I would label modern country.  Another of my favorite's on this nice work is "Hope For Today."  Jeremie knows the world seems insane at times, and "Hope For Today" does take some of the pain away.  Jeremie says  "That growing up on a farm in Iowa he learned the importance of faith.  We all struggle through life in various ways, some more than others.  Having gone through several valleys in my life, I know there's light at the end of the tunnel."  And, his closing song "Fly Where The Eagles Fly" gives certitude to this recorded effort, it brings the 'creative process' to it's rightful place.  Good going Jeremie, this one goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.
for Country Music News International Magazine
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