Monday, April 11, 2016

CD: PHYLLIS HUMMEL - The Music I Love

PHYLLIS HUMMEL
The Music I Love
Church In The Wildwood - Sugartime - Masters Bouquet - Talk Back Trembling Lips - The Wayward Woman - Thank You For The Roses - When A Child Is Hurting - Golden Rings - As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone - Till A Tear Becomes A Rose - We'll Stick Together - She's No Angel - You'll Be Kissing Me - Making Believe - The Pain Of Loving You - Searching - When A Tingle  Becomes A Chill - Backstreet Affair - Dasher With The Light Upon His Tail - Dear Uncle Sam
 
Right off the bat I hear an autoharp on the first song.  I'm ready to hear some nice traditional country music, and sure enough, Phyllis Hummel delivers.  On the cover of this CD Phyllis has placed some of the albums by country artists that she has listened to and loves.  The first one I noticed was Merle Haggard.  With the loss of this incredibly gifted true country artist recently, we have lost some of the 'soul' that has made traditional and classic country music so popular and so vitally important to rural folks.  You know those people who still live on farms, they still maintain strong morals, they live in what has always been, and will continue to be, the 'country.'  The second album I noticed on Phyllis' cover, was by Sherwin Linton who is without a doubt the most popular 'real' country artist in our upper Midwest, especially among the rural folks, you know, the ones who live in the 'country.'  Phyllis Hummel is right on track. She picked songs for this CD that are also some of the most popular country songs the rural folks like.  Many kudos to her producer, Martin Vigesaa who also plays numerous instruments on the session: upright bass, pedal steel, acoustic & electric guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin, fiddle, Dobro, autoharp, drums, and electric bass.  WOW.... perfect instrumentation for a CD of this kind, and he does all of it well.  Of course this requires a lot of over-dubbing and over-tracking, but Martin does it extremely well.  Be that as it may, the entire CD is just filled with some great traditional country songs, all of them very well done by Phyllis.  I 'hear' the harmony singers joining her, much like it was done in the past.  I hear that great old-time 'rural' sound that is so missing in today's world of make believe country music.  Phyllis makes her home in Minnesota, and has been a part of the South Dakota Country Music Association, and we wish her much continued success with her music.  There's a whole big bunch of terrific traditional country music on this CD.  For that reason I will be sending it along to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their listen. 
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President NTCMA - www.ntcma.net 
for Country Music News International
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