A Better Place
Daddy's Radio - New Beginnings and Old Honkytonks - It's All In My Head - She's Got Me Drinking Again - Texas Front Porch Swing - Look Out Below - You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma - All By My Lonesome - Hold Your Horses - You Show Me Yours - I Like My Music Country - A Better Place
I was just about to the point where I'd never see or hear some decent country music from today's deliverers. Then along comes an Ohio country music maker, Richard Lynch, who quite frankly is brilliant with this album. The very first song proudly displays a little bit of music from Hank, Ernest, and more, as he introduces "Daddy's Radio." This is a super representation of good modern country music. The steel is still there, and used most effectively, and again in "It's All In My Head." This guy is real country, and so much more than the Keith Urban and others who insist that rock and roll should be the predominant sound of modern country. It doesn't have to be at all, it just takes the music into a so-called new genre that isn't country at all, far from it. Richard Lynch is able to keep his music in the vein of today's country music, but he keeps it country. This music business is sometimes like panning for gold, hoping you might find a little kernel to keep it 'real.' So far what Nashville has been producing for the last many years is devoid of gold. But here, if they would just take a listen, they would find what the real 'evolvement' of the music should be sounding like, and not the hip-hop-rock-slop sound they have contaminated the genre with. This album is truly named correctly, "A Better Place." Certainly for traditional and classic, and even Highwayman style of country. Richard holds true throughout, and by the time we get to "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" with some help from David Frizzell & Stacy Houston, we're right back on track with some super sounding country music. I think the drums were too far out front in the mix, UNLESS you are doing this as a 'dance' album, mostly because there's so many good musical sounds coming from the other instruments, and the too-loud drums distract from that, as well as the beautiful voices and lyrics we are listening to. Richard Lynch is simply brilliant, in "All By My Lonesome" he brings the everlasting 'fiddle' back to his music, and our listening pleasure. The Nashville musicians, who can really play anything you want, must surely have enjoyed this terrific 'country' session. I wish I could have had this album a little earlier to send to the Rural Roots Music Commission for this year's selections for CD of the Year. Thank you Richard Lynch for a super nice listen.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine