Monday, February 23, 2015

CD: ERICH McMANN - The Last American Songbook

ERICH McMANN
The Last American Songbook
The Red White And Blue - Redneck Hippie 2012 - My Heart Pounds When I See Your Face - Keep Me Loving You - Back On The Farm - The Ghost of Senior Carmello - I Don't Need No Woman To Tell Me How To Drive - The Branson Missouri Summertime Blues - The Time Has Come - The Last Song
 
The Last American Songbook is an audio snapshot of America, its people, music, and culture.  Written in a week by Erich McMann, recorded in a day, it's a young man's landscape of Americana through the many older styles of music we know as traditional country music, some western swing, some cowboy music, some folk elements, some trucker songs, some honky tonk and certainly a combination of all that America has given us in these genres of music, even gospel.  Much like Karen Mueller of Kansas, this young guy was inspired by the sights and sounds encountered on a road trip to America's heartland.  I really like Erich's close contact with traditional and classic country music.  This whole CD has a direct connect to the dance floor, just as it should, and it also has a direct connect to what America still is, even though major media, major recording companies, major music publishers, and major radio stations do not even know we exist.  But we do, and through the words and original music of Erich McMann, we are going to continue to exist, whether that big money enterprise wants us to or not.  Erich is not going to be quiet.  He's going to continue to BE TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC.  I say more power to you Erich.  I really like the fiddle kicking off some of these super good songs like "Keep Me Loving You."  How in the world can young America make it any plainer, any more sincere, than Erich McMann is doing it with songs like this?  I guess those of us who appreciate what he's doing, is very much in line with the Academy of Western Artists who nominated this song for their 2013 "Song of the Year."  This song is so much better than anything we hear on the top-40 country radio, it makes those charts the most unknowledgeable unaware unworkable 'judgement' of American music EVER!  Erich makes his home in Illinois, so he hasn't been poisoned by the so-called country music brand of Nashville that has removed the 'true' country music of America from the ears of the needy. Fear not, Erich McMann WILL be heard whether those poison pens like it or not.  Have to take a minute to introduce you to the musicians, because the definitely got into Erich's really easy music to like: Bob Smith on drums; Ed Mooney Jr. on steel; Sean Fried on guitar; Felipe Tobar on fiddle; Mark Baler on Dobro; Eddie Torrez on accordion; Jeff Frio on harmonica; Bob Dobro on piano; with additional vocals by Elisa McMahon and Ray Smith.  This is an all around very enjoyable music listening experience, and I shall forward this CD to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their listening pleasure, and see where they might take it.  My favorite song is "Keep Me Loving You" which is an easy pick, but I really also like 'The Branson Missouri Summertime Blues' mostly because of it's truth.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine 
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