Monday, July 4, 2016

CD: ROD BRANDT - No Partikla Theme

ROD BRANDT
No Partikla Theme
Crows Upon The Roof - Drunk and Disorderly - Ladies of the Road - Back Home to Hawaii - I Don't Think She Loves Me Anymore - The Bushranger - She Comes Home With Me - Night Train to Brisbane - Goodbye Ford - Up & At'em Son - The Smell of an Oil Rag - Barney's Honky Tonk - The Race That Stops the Nation
 
Rod Brandt is from Queensland, Australia, and he's going to be a featured attraction at the 41st National Old Time Country/Bluegrass/Folk/& Gospel Music festival in LeMars, Iowa, Aug 29-Sept 4, 2016.  Mr. Brandt is a thoroughly rough and ready old-time traditional country singer.  He's a fine songwriter for sure, and writes about Australian life in the 'country.'  He borrows heavily from American tunes, "They're gonna put me in the movies" is a strong contender from some of Rod's musical melodies, but still he does it with justice and certainly some humor and good feelings.  Rod has done a number of great CD's, it's hard to pick just one out of the many, but he's more of a songwriter than usual, so it's kind of fun to hear what he's saying, with a wit and humor' on many of his award winning compositions.  His recorded music is played all over Australia, but the largest air play is around his own town of Margate.  He recorded this project at the Dragon Fire Studio in Margate, playing steel, lead, bass and rhythm guitar, and since I review on the quality of songwriting and vocalizing as opposed to over-produced sessions we hear so much from Nashville these days, it's still a pleasant experience to hear someone doing it from scratch, and Rod Brandt does that incredibly well. The sound is somewhat distorted at times, but I was still able to make a decent listen. I kind of like "Crows Upon the Roof" a song about the sounds of crows landing with a gigantic thud on a low profile roof and then proceeding to run up and down the roof cawing out.  Rod's best ability is song writing, "Goodbye Ford" is particularly interesting, it's about the demise of the manufacturing of Ford cars in Australia, which to him is a big shame since Ford has been such a big part of their automobile history.  Same thing happens to us here in America, where our 'own' are forgotten for cheaper labor elsewhere.  So it goes, and good songwriting material no matter how you look at it, or in this case listen to it.  Rod will be at the LeMars Old Time Music Festival all week, a good time to hear an authentic Aussie do his music as they like it old-time country in Australia.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., NTCMA - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine
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