Monday, October 31, 2016

CD Review: BOBBY DARREN - Real Country

BOBBY DARREN
Real Country
Goodbye Littler Darlin' - Here Today Gone Tomorrow - I Never Go Around Mirrors - Not For Me To Understand - Jackson - Jeanne Norman - No One's Gonna Love You Better - Second Handed Flowers - Traveling Dobro - Waiting For A Train
 
One thing about Bobby Darren for anyone who has ever heard him perform, knows that he is 'real' country.  This CD is a reflection of that wonderful genre of music that for years and years was 'real.'  If you listen to commercial country radio these days, you will find an amazing difference in the music you hear there called country, and the music you hear here, by Bobby Darren, as very very different.  How can that be?  Money and greed is the answer.  Since I hardly ever listen to country music of today, ever since Blake Shelton called me an old fart and a jackass because I listen to the country music of an artist like Bobby Darren, I will gladly be called that if I can still hear 'real' country music like Bobby Darren does.  He not only sings it well in concert, but records just as well on CD.  He's got one heck of a Dobro player on this session, which matches Darren's voice to a tee. The first song out of the chute is one that Darren sounds a bit like Johnny Cash on.  Just as real as real.  His voice moves to a more natural Bobby Darren sound all the rest of the way through.  This guy can really sing 'real' country music, and that makes him all the more 'real' as a performing and recording artist.  And, he's been doing it for a very long time.  He's going to be given a "Lifetime Achievement" award in 2017 by the National Traditional Country Music Association, and this CD is going to the Rural Roots Music Commission to see if they might like to recognize his work as well.  This whole CD is a trip back in time to when country music was country music, no doubt about that.   There's also a super good mandolin on some of these songs.  By the time we get to "Jackson" on this CD, I was ready for Darren's voice to go back to the Johnny Cash sound, and indeed it does.  Don't know who the female voice is, but it's a good rendition sound of June Carter. Super good listening, especially since it sounds so 'real.'  She also sings "No One's Gonna Love You Better" also super good.  I also liked "Traveling Dobro" which is a fast-paced instrumental with the Dobro being the lead-off instrument with some well interspersed fiddle and mandolin.  All of them incredibly well done.  I'm not sure how many of these instruments Bobby Darren plays, but they are incredibly well played.  He closes this CD with a very traditional song by the Father of Country Music, Jimmie Rodgers.  Once again Bobby Darren reverts back to a kind-of Johnny Cash sound, not quite, but sure enough so well done it doesn't even need the Cash influence or input.  Super good CD ..... 5 stars for sure.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International
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