Sunday, March 1, 2015

CD: PATSY & THE COUNTRY CLASSICS - Living the Dream

PATSY & THE COUNTRY CLASSICS
Living the Dream
Talk Back Trembling Lips - A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline - I Been To Georgia On A Fast Train - Gone For Good - I Lie When I Drink - Rebel Soldier - Lovin' Arms - I Would Crawl All The Way To The River - Their Music Still Lives On - You Are The One - You Belong To Me - The Promise
 
What an exciting experience to hear a new album from one of the best 'real' traditional country music groups going right now in America.  Patsy Godley is an amazing performer, a singer of country music that comes right to the door step of the famous Patsy Cline.  Matter of fact, one of my favorite songs on this new CD is "A Bottle of Wine and Patsy Cline."  It is so apparent today that country music radio and their charts have abandoned what country music really is.  What's fortunate for us is this band and lead vocalist from Virginia who are keeping it not only alive, but providing the 'real deal' for anyone who ever listened to or liked 'real' country music.  Patsy and the Country Classics took the Rural Roots Music Commission's "Traditional Country CD of the Year" in 2014, and very deservedly so.  Their appearance at the country music festival in Fremont, Nebraska, at the Christensen Field House, to accept the award was a phenomenal experience for every country music fan in attendance at that occasion.  We have never received so much 'positive' reaction to a country group in the 40 years we've been doing traditional and classic country music events.  Patsy Godley is the centerpiece of this group, her remarkable voice and stage presence is that of a superstar.  However she shares everything with her band.  They get tremendous respect from her, and she also shares her CD projects with other members of the band who are also great country singers., as well as players, including her husband Callis who is a super singer.  That's what makes this woman and the band, so professional, and so likeable.  And, her band is super.  They are all tremendously good players, and when we listen to them, we can tell they enjoy performing together.  The same musicians that travels with Patsy, are the same musicians that back her in the recording studio, and that too is another incredible 'positive' for this group.  Bobby Edenton is the steel player, and he sort of glues the music together so that it stays country.  He's also a very good vocalist.  Billy Rupprecht is the keyboardist, and adds the 'just right' keyboard sound when it sounds best, and also lays good background chording throughout, a tremendous musician.  Donald Hockaday is the bass player and bass singer on the harmony parts.  Michael Hockaday is the drummer that also stands out as a tremendously good lead singer on this album.  Jeff Wadford is on lead guitar, and his exciting electric sound goes all the way back to Ernest Tubb, with the same exciting riffs and runs we've heard through the years in country music, but not overdone.  A total experience to be sure.  Patsy just won the Ms. Senior America title in 2014, with beauty, poise, and without a doubt talent. She sang a song at that competition that was pure and simple and excellent country.  Patsy Godley  and the Country Classics is a winner, no matter how you look at it.  Off this one goes for the 2015 Rural Roots Music Awards.  Not sure if the group can make the trip all the way back to Nebraska, but I'm pretty sure they'll be the first ones asked.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine 
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