Monday, February 16, 2015

CD: SHERWIN LINTON - Thank You For Serving

Thank You For Serving
The Marine Hymn (to the tune of Ghost Riders) - There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere - The Battle of New Orleans - She Wears A Yellow Ribbon - Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree - Thank You For Serving - Ballad of the Alamo (Pam Linton) - Yellow Rose of Texas - Ragged Old Flag - Stars and Stripes Over Iwo Jima - Fraulein - You Are My Sunshine - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Vaya Con Dios - (with Pam Linton) - They're Bringing Johnny Home Today - Do You Remember These - A Soldier's Visit From Santa - Thank You For Serving - God Bless America (Pam Linton) - Coming To America/My Country Tis' of Thee
Maybe for starters one might not think the 'Marine Hymn' sung to the tune of 'Ghost Riders In The Sky' would work?  Wow, but it does, super good.  Sherwin Linton has a deep beautiful baritone voice and when he puts his gifted music aura and dedication behind it, it's quite a wonderful experience to hear him sing in this very dedicated way.  This whole album is chock full of great 'memory' songs, an obviously genuine desire on Sherwin's part to 'remember' not only the old songs dedicated to our military, but also to reflect his own very strong desire to "Thank You For Serving" to every military person in the USA, which he wrote himself at the suggestion of a high school classmate some 17 years ago.  Sherwin didn't actually serve in the military.  He almost did, when he and twenty classmates from Watertown, South Dakota High School had plans to join the United States Marines.  Sherwin passed up the military to pursue his music career, and has been very devout ever since playing military songs, doing military salutes, and honoring the military at every opportunity.  I spent four years in the Navy, and wouldn't turn it down for anything.  It even led me to eventually recording for the Smithsonian Institution where Sheila and I have spent nearly three years researching our latest project for them called the 'Traveling Museum of Music.'  We, like Sherwin, have huge thanks and appreciation for our military, at every turn, at every opportunity.  This CD of Sherwin's is actually a compilation of songs he has recorded over the years,  some of them with old-time instruments like the banjo and autoharp, and some of them in the Johnny Cash style which Sherwin does so well.  It's a real trip back in time, visiting some old country tunes we don't hear anymore.  It's also a singular tribute to those of us who spent time in the military, and it's greatly appreciated.  The 'thank you's' weren't very frequent at the end of the Viet Nam war, but the military does get a lot of appreciation these days as we look forward to more unrest and war on the horizon.  It's our freedoms that the military has established for all of us, and Sherwin Linton takes a minute out of his busy musical career to thank each and every one of us.  There's 20 great songs on this compilation, 20 great songs to bring back some incredible memories.  The final mix is great, especially when it can be difficult to 'match' songs from different recording sessions.  And, it takes awhile to listen to all of them.  I can't really 'pick' a favorite out of this smorgasbord of really good music, so it's a winner all the way around.
for Country Music News International 
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