Monday, January 19, 2015

CD: ROY KING - It's About Time

It's About Time
Choo Choo Train - Old Rock - Silver Train - Wild Prairie Fire - White Shirt - Poor Man - On My Mind - This Dream - In Days To Come - The Guitar
It simply amazes me that songwriters, 'real' songwriters of country music continue to step up to the plate to bat, even though Music City, Nashville, Tennessee, has slammed the doors, and removed the plate, on nearly every songwriter that ever had the inspiration and desire to put into words the 'feelings' of everyday people.  The music we hear today called 'country' is a very trashy pale imitation of the 'real deal.'  I never get tired of saying that, I've been involved with country music all my life, and even though no one listens to me, I do indeed listen to these songwriters that put their heart and their soul into the words they write down on a piece of paper, and then ultimately, they find a way to get it recorded.  Mr. King went to the North 40 Studios to do this session, with Dave Russell engineering.  I don't know where that is at, nor do I know very much about Roy King, or even how I came to be in possession of this CD, but one thing is for sure.  Mr. King knows what he wants to accomplish in the studio. His original songs run the gamut from true-blue country, to a Charlie Daniels sounding "Wild Prairie Fire" with a fiddle on it that just blows me away. Lots of interesting interpretations of the various sounds Roy is capturing.Dave Russell, the engineer, also plays lead guitar, bass, steel, sax, accordion and background vocals.  Mike Nepodal is on piano, sax, special effects and musical arrangements, so you can see it's quite a conglomeration of sounds, but in the final mix, it all seems to come together to create a very interesting, very well done, very versatile, and very original recording.  The album is dedicated to Roy's family, and I suspect the first track "Choo Choo Train" might very well have been written for a younger member of the family.  "White Shirt" drifts quite a long way away from country, but it's still a remarkable 'story'  song.  I really like the old-timey sound of the accordion on "This Dream" is fascinating.  It's a waltz tempo creation, and a love song that is really 'legitimate' even the steel guitar is terrific. I also like the voice of Roy King, many times songwriters don't have the ability to 'sell' their own works and must rely on someone else to do the demos for them.  Not so with Roy King, his voice is as good as his songs. Terrific.
for Country Music News International Magazine
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