Jammin' With Friends
Easterner - Seashores of Old Mexico - Hello Mr. Moose I'm Calling You - Paper Rosie - Bold O'Donahue - Old Love Letters - No Price Tags on the Doors of Newfoundland - My Son Calls Another Man Daddy - Why Don't You Love Me - Elizabeth's Waltz - Saltwater Joy - Kelly's Mountain - Will You Love Me When I'm Old - Music Takes Me Back - Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On - Confederation - Blackboard Of My Heart - Wildwood Flower
Up in Canada there is this guy who still believes country music should be 'country.' He invited a huge number of his music making friends to participate in the making of a CD of some popular country songs in Canada. This is a project I wish I would have done as I traveled through life meeting and working with some incredibly gifted music makers. BUT, Gary Gale who did manage to do this with his music friends is also exceptional, he plays the accordion. Wow, does he play the accordion. That's the way music kind of works. If there is an exceptional talent involved in music making, that talent seems to bring the best out of those participating. Gary invited a lot of guest players for this session: Merle Blaine, Bern Blanchard, Luke Cox, Wilf Doyle Jr., Keith Fitzgerald, Tom Harris, Tim Kennedy, Gerald Lush, Jerry Lush, Ivan Lythe, Ivan Martin, Larry Nash, Clyde Osmond, Roy Payne, and Don McCowan. It's a very nice 'traditional' Canadian touch with lead and rhythm guitars, bass, drums, pedal steel, and Gary on accordion. Highly unlikely you would hear this terrific 'old-time' country music sound in Nashville these days, but here it is from north of the border, just like it used to be, and extremely well done. I'm not sure what part of Canada Gary is from, but his record company is in Toronto, so I suspect he's from somewhere near there. There are some exceptional songs here, "Why Don't You Love Me" is super good, as is Gary's own "Elizabeth's Waltz" played so well on the accordion. With so many additional artists adding all of their own personal preferences, I'm very pleased to see the accordion leading the way in how a song will be recorded. Even "Wildwood Flower" a typical guitar lead song, does indeed start that way, but Gary has this magic touch with the accordion, and even on this old song he makes it 'new' again. What a delight to hear these delicious songs again, and enjoy the taste of the 'freedom' that was so predominate in the older way of writing, playing, and recording music. Today, unfortunately, country music is a bought and paid for product that is done according to money interests rather than music interests. Gary Gale stands very strongly against that foolish situation, and he sure does it well. I'm definitely forwarding this CD to the Rural Roots Music Commission to see what they think.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - President NTCMA - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International