Monday, March 16, 2015

CD: TAMRA ROSANES - 40th Anniversary Album

TAMRA ROSANES
40th Anniversary Album
Uncomplicated - What Can Love Do - Would You Lay With Me - Precious Memories - Carry On - Rub It In - Let The Good Times Roll - My Toot Toot - Jambalaya - I Just Wanna Dance With You - Always On My Mind - Let It Be Me - Just When I Needed You Most - Never Ending Game of Love - Girls Night Out - All Shook Up - Cowgirl In Love - Where Have All The Flowers Gone - Lasso You - The Whole Wide World - Times Like These - Farvel - Never Knew Lonely - Guest of Many Faces - Can't Break A Broken Heart - True Love - My Night To Howl - Long Way Home - That's The Way The World Goes Round - Be My Friend Tonight - Run With The Wind - Help Me Make It Through The Night - Ring Of Fire - Free To Follow Your Heart - Two Hearts - Ride On - Country Party - A Taste Of You - Shenandoah - Feeling Like Sunshine - You Can't Stop Love - On The Road To Copenhagen - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Woodstock
 
  I became a fan of this incredibly gifted country music artist from Denmark the instant I heard her sing at the Traditional Country Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa.  That festival is celebrating it's 40th year this year (Aug 31-Sept 6), as Tamra is celebrating her 40th year making great country music.  That's a hard combination to beat, and this release by Tamra contains some of her best works over those many years.  I believe she uses the same musicians in Denmark for all of her sessions, which makes this particular compilation especially easy to listen to.  Just by looking at the song titles, you can see that Tamra is one of those rare gifted artists that keeps 'love' in her musical works. Recently read about the 'state of country music' in Nashville, and how it's so far removed from the purity of what it once was, and the honesty of the music itself.  Not so with Tamra, she's got all the purity and honesty she needs, and then some.  This particular compilation has 44 great songs on it.  It took two discs to put it all together, the first one entitled 'Precious Memories' and the second one 'From The Heart.'  It took me all afternoon to listen to this delightful musical treat, but being a fan of Tamra's makes that one delightful musical treat.  There's an incredible variety of songs and theme throughout the compilation, which was put together very nicely by Tamra and EMI Denmark's Thomas Hemdorff.  Tamra doesn't specifically say who the musicians are on these songs, but as I listened to it, I was profoundly impressed by Live Berger Brekke who does such a nice job playing accordion, especially on "Toot Toot" and "Jambalaya."  Tamra also uses the 'steel' a lot, almost unheard in today's so-called country music.  Leif Brunn is one of Denmark's finest pedal steel guitar players.  Noah Rosanes is on guitar and mandolin; Urik Aagard on bass; and Marcus Liliequist on drums. A totally engrossing CD coming from Denmark of all places, and it's country through and through.  Classic, traditional, even some old-time.  Can you believe it, Tamra even includes a Pete Seeger song, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" which she first sang  on the environment ship "The Clearwater" when she was a volunteer crew member sailing on the Hudson River.  That's not all of the amazing adventures of Tamra Rosanes.  She was actually at Woodstock.  Yes, the original Woodstock  and delightfully she closes this enitire CD with that song.  This is a remarkable adventure in music, and Tamra is a delightful host all the way through it.  I will be sending this along to the Rural Roots Music Commission, because I would be amiss if I didn't
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine 
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