Monday, January 11, 2016

CD: SANDY MILLER - Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits

SANDY MILLER
Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits
Smoke Along The Track - Don't Anyone Make Love At Home Anymore - The Threshold - Only 11 - Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits - West Texas Waltz - Tiny Little Circle - I'm Not Over You - The Auctioneer - Where Angels Sing - My Baby's Gone - Little But Loud
 
Sandy opens this remarkable 'traditional' country music CD with a great up-tempo Stonewall Jackson song, "Smoke Along The Track."  It's also remarkable that we still have this kind of dedicated country singer of old recording style in America.  Quite simply, it's amazingly good.  Sandy is right on the mark.  She plays an acoustic bass guitar, and she is also a songwriter, contributing two great songs to this great project, "Only 11" and "Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits."  She also used some incredibly gifted musicians, especially the steel guitarist that opens song number two with a super good lick.  Curt Shoemaker would be that great steel player that makes all country singers sound great.  He did it for me and my wife Sheila at the Wahoo Nebraska Festival a couple of times, so we can readily recognize Sandy's desire to have him on this great traditional and classic country CD.  And, Sandy just belts it right out there, just like it used to be.  She recorded this great project at Power Base Studios under the direction of Dan Kane.  Her brother Mike Kane provided harmony and rhythm guitar, and his wife Linn did the great keyboard sound we hear.  Blaine Garrelts is on lead guitar (another musician that makes it sound like it used to), add Deb Nelson on drums and Mike O'Neel on fiddle, and you can begin to realize why this is such an enjoyable listening experience.  It's very obvious the musicians working with Sandy are having a wonderful time making the recording.  Traditional and classic country music is easy to identify if you've ever heard it.  It's very different from the pasteurized sound we get in today's so-called country music.  If you were to ask Sandy if she listens to today's country music, you'd probably just get a head-shake no, and let it go at that.  She's much to busy getting her songs out to her fans.  Her song "Only 11" is just right on line with that same beautiful story-telling ability that all great classic and traditional country songwriters used in their presentations.  Her second original "Cowboy Boots & Bathing Suits" tells about her own geographical location of the North Loup River area in Nebraska.  I love it.  Mostly because it's so very 'real.'  Off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their listening pleasure.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine
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