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CD: JIMMY ARTHUR ORDGE - 15 Traditional Country Hits

15 Traditional Country Hits
The Ballad of Muk-Tuk Annie - Old Dogs Children & Watermelon Wine - He'll Have To Go - Herschel's Hemi Half-Ton - Irena Cheyenne - Country Bumpkin - Blue Eyes  Cryin' In The Rain - Just One Night Of Love - Storytime & Prayers - You've Never Been This Far Before - The Ballad of Dawson City - The Old Man - Teddy Bear - The Ballad of Pierre Oral Bonafee - Mother's Bible

I received this very nice traditional and classic country CD from one of Canada's most influential promoters, not only of 'real' country music, but the land known as Newfoundland where Michael T. Wall is originally from.  He's one of many foreign artists that attend the National Old Time Country Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa (Aug 29-Sept 4, 2016).  Jimmy Arthur Ordge is the artist that Michael wanted me to hear.  I was struck dumb by the very first number.  "The Ballad of Muk-Tu Annie" obviously a song about way out west in Canada, and Jimmy's first huge hit.  What blew me away was the wonderful use of banjo and harmonica used so brilliantly on this 'opening' number, usually reserved to compliment and exploit the artist and all of his ensuing work.  This entire CD, as you can see by the numbers Mr. Ordge recorded are both very original Canadian as well as super hits from American artists.  Ordge has a very attractive baritone singing voice, able to present both sides of good old-timey country as well as the C. W. McCall talk-song method, extremely well done too I might add.  It's his ability to 'present' a song with authentic vocal talent that makes him so easy to listen to, and of course 'like' to listen to.  This particular CD is without a doubt one of Canada's best representatives of what 'real' country is all about.  Mr. Ordge has a very easy to listen to voice as well as personality which he probably uses without even knowing it.  His use of the fiddle on many of these songs is particularly likable.  He also keeps the 'steel guitar' in abundance, so you can see this is actually a really 'real' country music offering.  In the late 50's and early 60's, Jimmy Arthur Ordge was so popular in Canada, no American country performer touring Canada in that time frame did it without Jimmy opening for them to make sure they had a big crowd.  Now in his early 80's Jimmy still records for Royalty Records, still sells a lot of merchandise, and still occasionally performs when time allows.  Michael T. Wall has nominated Mr. Ordge for America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, and I'm sure if we can get him to come to LeMars, Iowa, for the ceremonies, that will happen.  I'm also going to forward this particular CD to the Rural Root Music Commission to hear their reaction to this particularly 'country' country CD.  As part of Royalty Record's "The Legends Series" it is doing very well in Canada, reminding those early country music fans that the show isn't over yet, there's still a lot of good country in their country, still performing, still recording.
for Country Music News International Magazine


  1. Thank you for your kind words about my uncle Jim. He has amazing stories of playing and travelling all over the US and Canada. His songs are part of my soul as this is what I grew up with. Its amazing how many Lyrics and melodies are in my head. He just turned 80 in December and i was fortunate to be there for his party, unfortunatly he will not be having another. He has fallen prey to cancer and time on this earth is very short now. I am very proud of my uncle and all of his achievements, but mostly the fact that he was able to make so many people feel good through the smoothness of his voice and his respectful positive personality and ways.

  2. Music is the elixir of all that humanity encounters, the 'good, the bad' and the ugly'. Having the gift of sharing ones music in the process of comforting, supporting, and raising up others is truly one of the greatest - and rarest - gifts of all.

  3. Thank you for you kind article that says so much about my wife’s Uncle Jim. His kindness was as true as his voice was clear and strong and his songs deeply reflected his soul.
    You say “Michael T. Wall has nominated Mr. Ordge for America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, and I'm sure if we can get him to come to LeMars, Iowa, for the ceremonies, that will happen.” If indeed he has been nominated please let us know as members of his family would travel to LeMars, Iowa to show appreciation and support. Please keep us informed by email to Michael Alexiou malexiou@alexiou.com Thank you