Monday, July 6, 2015

DELANEY JOHNSTON - You're Lookin' At Country

You're Lookin' At Country
Country Music's Gone To Town - Wabash Cannonball - Keep On The Sunny Side - Red River Valley - Y'all Come - You're Lookin' At Country - Rocky Top - Tennessee Flat-Top Box - Coat Of Many Colors - I Have A Dream
      Today is my lucky day.  Sometimes I have a lot of lucky days, simply because I'm in love with traditional old-time rural country music, nearly as much as my wonderful wife Sheila.  How can it get any better, first listening to Merle Haggard and Mac Wiseman on their newest CD, and then turn to a pretty little girl from Deadwood, South Dakota who picked her own songs for this amazing CD.  Look at those titles again.  How can such a young girl know so much about America's rural traditional music?  Cause she likes it, that's why.  Young as she is, she has the perfect voice for this adventure into 'real' country music.  Her first song 'Country Music's Gone To Town' is a sort of parable about the 'state' of country music today, which isn't much country to say the least, and Delaney recognizes that.  She knows what is and what isn't 'country' music, and she's holding her ground.  Produced by Sherwin Linton, another long-time fan, supporter, and performer of authentic country music, he also joined in on singing 'Wabash Cannonball' at her request.  You know what, that's what 'real' country music is all about.  It's a very real 'sharing' experience, almost religious at times to listen to good artists of this genre of music.  Every song on this CD is extremely well done, the production is perfect.  Sherwin Linton's band the Cotton Kings provided the excellent backing.  Kenny Wilson on steel, Dobro, banjo, acoustic & electric guitar, and the super neat sounding high strung acoustic guitar. Pete Brooks on string bass; Kipp Galloway on drums; Joe Savage on harmonica and jews harp; Richard Kriehn on fiddle and mandolin; Dick Moebakken on tenor ukulele; and Sherwin Linton joins in on acoustic guitar.  Sherwin's wife Pam also provides some excellent harmony vocals.  A super session, you can tell when the musicians are having a good time.  How?  Cause the music is happy.  It's done with 'pleasure' being a major ingredient.  Sherwin is a long-time life-time performer of America's great 'real country' music, Johnny Cash being one of his idols, and that shines through with the perfection of the Lord Jesus helping him along the way.  What a beautiful CD this little girl has placed before her many fans and friends.  Last year she won "Young Artists CD of the Year" from the Rural Roots Music Commission, and I'm rushing this new production off as soon as possible.  Wouldn't startle me at all if she won it again this year.  Through and through a most respectable, entertaining, fun, beautiful, and certainly 'unique' CD as this little girl pursues her love of America's rural and roots music with unbridled pure love.  A big thank you to Sherwin Linton for making sure this treasure continues.
for Country Music News International
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