Sunday, March 22, 2015

CD: TANNER YOUNG - Plays The Country Hits

Plays The Country Hits
Get Rhythm - Under The Double Eagle - Running Gun - Jimmy Martinez - I Got Stripes - Buck's Polka - Walk Through This World - El Paso - That's Alright - On My Mind - Don't Worry About Me - I Still Miss Someone
Tanner Young is a 'young' country singer from Oklahoma.  He's not just a country singer either, he's a fantastic country singer, and more, he's also a fantastic musician especially on lead guitar.  I've reviewed a lot of CD's by Tanner, and all of them have been exceptional.  I just found a couple more (he has made a lot of CD's) stuck away in my music review box, so I thought I'd review both of them today.  I'm in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas right now, and what better place to listen to some classic country music done by an exceptionally talented young man.  This first CD is Tanner on an acoustic guitar with some accompaniment with Melvin Stephens on rhythm guitar. It's a fine selection of songs that Tanner has picked to record on this project, and it's that down-to-earth style that is so likeable by so many traditional country music fans.  Tanner really shows what he can do picking 'lead' on the second song on this recording "Under The Double Eagle,"  as well as a terrific lead version of "Buck's Polka."  He's got a couple of Johnny Cash songs on this CD too, and even though he doesn't have that Johnny Cash basso voice, he sure does the songs well, and makes me feel so good to hear these songs done just the way Johnny Cash would have liked it. Tanner's personality shines through on every song on this CD.  I believe this particular recording is from his earlier time when he was just beginning to record.  There's also a great double-acoustic guitar version of Flatt & Scruggs bluegrass song "On My Mind" done bare-bones, and it's terrific.  All in all this album is a super neat listening experience for such a young performer.  Tanner has been to the National Old Time Country Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa, and was awarded a "Rising Legend" honor a couple of years ago.  This CD will go to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their purview, though there are already several more ahead of this one.
for Country Music News International Magazine 
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