Monday, April 13, 2015

CD: ERNIE CONSTANCE - The Songs I Wrote For Slim

ERNIE CONSTANCE
The Songs I Wrote For Slim
Things I See Around Me - The Annual Rodeo Ball - Like A Family To Me - Fill Er' Up - Saddle Up And Ride - Just Can't Miss It Mate - When The Currawongs Come Down - Tonight The Woolshed Swings - A Dinkum Bushmans Hands - Joe Palmers Ghost - Breakaway - The Bogong - Old Dingo - The Bush Has Had Enough - Banjos Man - Three Hundred Horses - I Worship The Water He Walked On
 
Today's my day to listen to 'real' music.  From T.J. Casey, without a doubt one of Montana's 'real' cowboys who still sings and writes his own great cowboy and country western songs, to Ernie Constance who raises cattle in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. I would hazard a guess that 'real' country and western music is more popular in foreign countries than it is in the USA.  Just plain good 'country' music is without a doubt more popular in foreign countries than it is in the USA.  Slim Dusty, Australia's most famous and most successful country music star recorded well over 100 albums in his lifetime.  That required a large number of original songs, and this album by Ernie Constance, the songwriter, provided 17 of those songs, the same songs Ernie is doing on this album. Ernie is more than a songwriter, he's a very good country singer, even sounds a bit like Slim Dusty on this very well done project.  "Things I See Around Me" was the first song of Ernie's that Slim recorded.  It is a 'gem' of writing.  Ernie writes about the typical things a man experiences in the 'country.'  It is such a vastly different lifestyle from those who live in the huge urban areas.  It's a closer walk with Jesus, and it's a more relaxed and easier life to live. For this remarkable recording, Ernie gathered together some of the musicians Slim Dusty used, so that makes it even more special.  Ernie's enunciation is equally special, we can hear his songs, his stories, his personality without strain. There's even a couple of 'truck-driver' songs on this very well done CD, but mostly it's about the things Ernie sees around him, placing those experiences in rhyming patterns that make for exceptional listening.  This is another CD sent to me by the Newfoundlander Michael T Wall, and I'm keeping it in my own private collection, it's great!  But first, off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine
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