Monday, March 7, 2016

CD: SANDY MILLER - When My Time Comes

SANDY MILLER
When My Time Comes
Walkin'The Dog - Have I Got A Deal For You - I'll Come Running To You - I Don't Want My Heart A Breakin' - When My Time Comes - All Night
Affair - Way Back In June - I Never Go Around Mirrors - Yes Ma' Me - Then And Only Then - Rocky Top - Long Hard Ride - Walkin' Talkin' Cryin' - Lonely Hearts Club

This is the second CD I've reviewed on Sandy Miller.  This talented vocalist lives out in western Nebraska somewhere, but she is country through and through.  When you hear her sing, you automatically hear the 'determination' she has to make sure it's going to be a good one.  She picked a list of songs that are truly classic country, and she didn't side step using the best musical instruments in making this recording.  I recognized the fiddle of Jay Kelly just as soon as it popped out to me on the second song "Have I Got A Deal For You."  Another good shot hearing Jay is on the classic traditional song "Rocky Top."  Jay and the steel guitar player, Blaine Garrelts, swap licks quite frequently, and it sounds just right to me.  Sandy has a sort of 'leadership' quality about her sessions, she knows what she wants and that's what she gets.  Mike Baxter is on rhythm guitar, Billy Baxter on lead, Mike Kuszak on drums, and Dan Kane on bass make up the complete studio session, and they are having a wonderful time. There's also a keyboard occasionally, but Sandy doesn't tell us who's on the piano.  The selection of tunes puts her right in the middle of 'classic country' lots of Connie Smith, Leona Williams, Reba, and Billie Jo Spear.  Sandy contributes four great songs to the project, and they hold their own right next to the big girls.  "When My Time Comes" is by and far the best of Sandy's originals.  It's so truthful, sentimental, sad, just the opposite of what we hear today called country music.  Some really nice acoustic guitar on "Long Hard Ride."  AND Sandy's voice is just right for this kind of cowboy and western music.  All in all this is a super listening experience, especially if you like country music the way it was before money interests changed it so entirely abandoning the multitude of fans who really do like their country....country! Thank you Sandy for another very nice listening experience.  I will dutifully pass this CD along to the Rural Roots Music Commission and see what they think.
MUSIC REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - Pres. NTCMA - www.ntcma.net 
for Country Music News International Magazine
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