Monday, April 4, 2016

CD: TERRY SMITH - The Second Time Around

TERRY SMITH
The Second Time Around
Another Southern Son (Kitty Wells) - Going Under, Getting Over You (Maysha) - All That I Know 'bout Rodeo (Tony Glenn) - Anybody's Fool (Candler Tomlinson) - I Can't Find A Train (Roy Acuff) - The Next Month of Sundays (Robin Deeter) - Faded Flower and Misty Cloud (Liz Howard) - It Doesn't Say (Tony Glenn) - Ten Seconds in the Saddle (Chris LeDoux) - I Don't Want To Look If I Can't Buy (Ike Mercer) - Out of All the One-Night Stands (Liz Howard) - A Few Good Funerals (Eddie Noack) - Jeans and Good Leather (Chris LeDoux) - Texas On My Mind (Bob McClure) - Far-Side Banks of Jordan (Johnny & June Carter Cash)
 
At long last I get to review a Terry Smith album.  Terry is without a doubt one of the best songwriters that still writes 'real' country music in Nashville.  His songs have been traveling the long long road around the world for many years now.  His huge popularity all started when Johnny & June Carter Cash recorded his "Far Side Banks of Jordan."  That in itself was a remarkable experience for Terry, the song became their cherished signature song. This Terry Smith album "The Second Time Around" is a wonderful thesis of music he wrote. And, he used some amazing musicians. The opening song that Kitty Wells recorded "Another Southern Son" uses one of the most ebullient piano player on planet earth, Pig Robbins.  It's the same with all the rest, our good friend Charlie McCoy plays some fantastic harmonica on this session.  There's a ton of great musicians participating, just as there are a ton of other artists who have recorded these songs, some well known, others not so much.  The point isTerry Smith's ability to write story-songs, the very essence and fabric of good country music, this album is terrific.  I'm sure Terry had to re-arrange every song to fit the mood of the day, but the bottom line is, if you've never heard Terry Smith's work, you've never heard the best 'real' country music available on CD these days.  My wife Sheila and I befriended Terry a whole bunch of years ago when he came to our old-time country music festival in Avoca, Iowa.  That event, now in it's 41st year is held in LeMars, Iowa (Aug 29-Sept 4, 2016), and guess who the most popular performer at it is?  You're right, Terry Smith who will be there again this year.  It was the wonderful song "Far Side Banks of Jordan" that attracted Sheila and myself to Terry.  It has also attracted thousands and thousands of fans who have become his friends.  The Chicago Tribune made a nice statement about this song...."When Johnny Cash died September 12, 2003, at the age of 71, one of Terry's songs "Far Side Banks of Jordan" a contemporary traditional classic if there is such a thing, was played at the funeral of Johnny Cash.  The Cash's recorded it as a duet in the mid 70's and it appears on Johnny Cash's 1971 album "The Last Gunfighter Ballad."  The story the couple always told was that Johnny learned the song from its composer, Terry Smith, then a schoolteacher and aspiring country artist in Nashville, and played it for June when they were at their vacation home in Jamaica.  They wept at the lyrics and agreed it would be their signature song.  "The lyrics speak to our profoundest hope, that love is stronger than death."  Understanding the 'greatness' of this songwriters abilities, it's no wonder that Terry Smith has no less than 13 incredibly beautiful albums of his great story-telling musical abilities. This one is his latest, and is already a top seller.  Terry still makes the rounds, entertaining, visiting, singing, sharing, his life full of the still unexpected on the road, as well as his busy life in Nashville, still writing, still composing, still making the 'real' country music that brought so very many folks from all walks of life to the front door of this beautiful composer, Terry Smith.  It is my most pleasant experience to forward this incredible album to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their CD of the Year awards for this year.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net 
for Country Music News International
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