Monday, November 7, 2016

CD Review: SLIM FORSYTHE - Greatest Hits

SLIM FORSYTHE
Greatest Hits
The Empire Builder - Standin' Here Misunderstandin' You - The Ballad of Punxsutawney Phil - Allegheny Mountain Queen - Bye Bye Harley Hello Big Yellow - Bury Me Up On That Norther Pier - False Hope Chaser - Happy Birthday Sam - Why Can't I Get Duquesne On This Sad Lonesome Train - Down On My Knees At Nied's Hotel Again - Man's Woman - Sunday Blues - Drifterland - Way Up On That Old Northern Tier
 
Slim Forsythe is one of the best ambassadors Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, could ever hope to have.  I'm not sure if this is a brand-new recording, or perhaps a re-presentation of already recorded 'greatest hits' from the past.  Whatever the case, this guy Slim Forsythe has been having some excellent musical success and adventure with his Nied's Hotel musical presentations.  Latest has been a television show he taped 'live' which is now already on local television and headed for the national scene.  The Beagle Brothers are his staunch musician backers, and they are all excellent players and know full well what country music is all about.  Another super supporter in his efforts at taking their music to a larger audience is Molly Alphabet.  She's a great vocalist and contributes a great deal to the overall presentation of what's happening at the Nied Hotel.  I believe all of these songs are Slim Forsythe originals although that isn't adequately explained on the cover liner notes.  Slim has been hard at it making his music more available to a much larger audience since 2004, and he's climbed the ladder, perhaps slowly at times, but matter of factly all the time.  He's a retired, or partially retired, attorney, so his incredible dedication to this kind of music is very interesting.  I like the arrangements the music makers use to put Slim's voice out front.  I really like the old-timey mountain sound, banjo and all, on "Bury Me Up On That Northern Tier."  Slim's voice seems more relaxed, and right on point.  I sure like the interesting chord changes, sure fits well.  All in all, this CD is a very nice listening experience.  Slim has always been very thankful for his many fans and followers, I believe this particular CD might very well be a Thanksgiving presentation from himself and Patsy.  All in all a super nice recording.  Slim has been with us at the LeMars Festival several times taking home CD of the Year awards, and this CD goes directly to the Rural Roots Music Commission for the same purpose.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - President of the National Traditional Country Music Association.  In Iowa, for Country Music News International
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