Tuesday, July 28, 2015

CD: BILLY CHERNOFF - All Roads Lead To You

BILLY CHERNOFF
All Roads Lead To You
Stumble Stones - Every Day's A Sunday - On The Street Where you Live - I Am That Kind Of Man - Yesterday's Child - Going It Alone - Put A Little Faith In Jesus - The Fisherman - All Roads Lead To You - The One Thing - She Learned To Draw The Water - I Love You Lord - Shackles And Chains
 
Eleven of the thirteen songs on this album were written by Billy Chernoff who makes his home in British Columbia, Canada. The very first song is a knock-out.  It must be my lucky day to be doing a festival in LeMars, Iowa, where Billy Chernoff is going to be, right alongside the guy who wrote "Skip A Rope" for Henson Cargill.  That would be Glenn Tubb (Ernest's nephew), who also wrote ""I Am That Kind Of Man" on this album.  Both of these songs are similar in the 'message' they convey, but more importantly the composers both impart their very 'soul' on both these songs.  Billy is an especially gifted writer, he picks melody lines that enforce and propagate the message he shares with his listeners. He's a 'champion' for Jesus, and makes no bones about it. "And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die,"  is clearly printed on his CD folder.  This CD is another of those well done studio productions where both music makers and editors culminate their talents to make it all come out right.  Nashville musicians are outstanding, Wanda Vick on fiddle, mandolin, and Dobro; Dave Moody on acoustic and electric guitar; Josh Moody on drums; Ron de la Vega on bass; John Rees on piano; and Jennifer O'Brien on background vocals.  Billy works between his Canadian and Nashville locations with some of the overdubbing done in Canada.  It's amazing how that all works, but the end result is a super-star piece of fine music, right in line with the original traditional country music style.  Billy Chernoff might not be a young man, but he sure sounds like one, his heart full of love for Jesus, and his pen full of ink ready to write what he feels.  He also likes to use a lot of modulation in his songs, reminiscent of the 70's, but still a very strong and powerful tool that a lot of songwriters have forgotten how to use.  Not so with Billy Chernoff.  It keeps him young, and it keeps his listeners young too. Off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International
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