A Little Piece of Heavenly Country
High Cotton - You and Me - Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms - Waltz Of The Angels - How Far Is Heaven - Sugar Time - Somewhere Between Your Heart and Mine - You're My Best Friend - Sing Me Back Home - Walk Through This World With Me - Don't Be Angry - Running Bare - Geisha Girl - Such A Pretty World Today - Don't Cry Joni - This Old House - With This Ring - Fairth, Hope, & Charity - All Over But The Cryin' - Power In The Blood
What a great trip back to traditional country music this CD is. Chari Heldenbrand, originally from Michigan, now makes her home with husband Louie in Iowa. Her upbringing on a dairy farm in Michigan listening to those old time country music radio shows in the early morning hours took her right to the heart of 'real' country music. So unlike so-called country music of today, Chari takes us on a real ride through some of the best country music songs ever written, even including a couple of bluegrass tunes. The steel player (maybe Doug Wise) is a very Hank Williamish player, and it surely does sound good to hear it again, and it blends so well with Chari's voice, especially on "You're My Best Friend," also a good song that demonstrates the tremolo done so very well by Chari. The upright acoustic bass is also very nicely represented on this song, played by Kathy Miles. Chari also keeps a special place in her heart for songs devoted to our Lord Jesus Christ. Both "How Far Is Heaven" and "Power In The Blood" are super good representations. Doug Wise takes a good turn at providing some good lead vocals throughout, perhaps his best rendition being "Don't Be Angry" a song written by Stonewall Jackson's older brother Wade who will be at the LeMars, Iowa, National Old Time Music Festival this year (Aug 29-Sept 4, 2016). Chari Heldenbrand is a celebrated country singer, and has been traveling a lot this year, and she takes along her guitar and mandolin wherever she goes, and shares her great music at every opportunity. Don't know where this particular CD was recorded, but the engineering is fine, the mix is great, and the overall effect is a very well done old-time traditional country music project. Chari's fine voice stands out throughout, closing with "Power In The Blood" backing Doug Wise's nice lead. Super good CD, off it goes for Rural Roots Music Commission appraisal. I hope it's not too late for this year's consideration.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., NTCMA - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International