Sunday, September 25, 2016

CD Review: DONNA CUNNINGHAM - Country Covers

Country Covers
Would You Lay With Me - Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Good Hearted Man - Honky Tonk Angels - Blanket On The Ground - Til I Can Make It On My Own - Rockin' Chair - Stand By Your Man - Take It Back - I Always Love You - Broken Wing - Have Mercy - Save The Last Dance For Me - It's A Little Too Late - You And Me - Satin Sheets - I'm Not Lisa - It's Only Make Believe - There He Goes - Tennessee Waltz - I Was Country - Clayton Delaney - I Ain't Never - Heartaches By The Number - Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On - Stand By Me
Wow this is one incredible CD full of simply great 'real' country songs, many of them from the female point of view, but Donna Cunningham does justice to each and every one of these 26 songs, all on one CD.  Takes a while to listen to all of this great music, but Donna has such a sweet and lovely voice, that's not so hard.  Donna is one of those gifted artists that surrounds herself with very proficient musicians.  She does this everytime she goes in the studio, and the result is of course, extremely high grade high octane country music.  This huge list of great hit songs just got another shot in the arm for the publishing and royalty monies due the songwriters.  Donna has a huge following in Europe, and this CD is a reflection of that.  She has a very distinct 'touch' with some of these songs, especially the slower ones that deal with love, romance, the winning and the losing of it.  Takes the listener on a wonderful trip back in time when country music was country, and so easy to listen to.  Donna makes it even easier by bringing her voice directly to the 'meaning' of each and every song on this album.  Making her home in Ohio, Donna travels the world sharing her beautiful voice.  On this CD is her version of "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," done masterfully.  You can also hear and see Donna do this song live on you-tube at a private concert.  Donna has been singing country music since she was a child, growing up and enamored with the sounds of traditional country.  As you listen to this particular CD, you will come away amazed that a woman with such a beautiful voice is not as famous as the artists that originally recorded these very popular songs.  The only difference between Donna Cunningham and any top-ten recording artist is that one single song that belongs totally to her.  The old adage, "no great singer is great without a great song" couldn't be more true than in the case of Donna Cunningham.  I do truly expect her to not only 'find' that song, suited exactly to her voice and style, but more importantly 'find' the national and international fame that has eluded her.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - President NTCMA for Country Music News International
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