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CD Review: LINDA EVANS - Sweet Memories

Sweet Memories
Let Me Be There  - Apartment #9 - Leaving and Saying Goodbye - Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me - I'd Rather Be Sorry - Once A Day - I'm Still Not Over You - Together Again - Someone Had To Teach You - If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong, Do It Right - Sweet Memories - I'd Rather Have Jesus

To my mind there are some tremendous classic and traditional country music recording artists in Canada. They somehow have a very strong and real knowledge of what 'real' country music is all about, and Linda Evans from Ontario really has that perfectly in her mind.  This CD is almost totally a male-female relationship concept, good and bad, and extremely well done.  Linda Evans has the perfect voice for this style of country music, and if things were different in the commercial music world, you would find her at the top of the charts. "Top of the Charts" these days however depends a great deal on how much money you have to get there as opposed to 'real' talent.  Studios today can make even a mediocre singer a good one, and that's all they need on country radio today.  Personally I'd rather listen to a country singer that has a few warts than listen to the over preened and over produced people we have on the country music charts today.  Linda Evans, however,  has that 'special' sound in her voice you can immediately recognize as the 'real deal.'  I like the 'real' musicians on this session too: Paul Evans on 'steel' one of the necessary instruments in 'real' country music.  Not sure what the relationship between Paul and Linda is, but he also produced and engineered this beautiful session. Super good job Paul.  Steve Piticco is on lead and bass guitar (he's especially good on "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me"); Robin Evans is on the fiddle, another necessary instrument in 'real' country music.  Not sure of the relationship here either, but it is outstanding fiddle playing, just as it should be. Frank Woodcock supplied the back-up vocals.  It must have been a pleasure in the studio to put this project together, because it is so darn good. This CD shines all the way through, what a remarkable accomplishment in 'real' country music today to hear it done so well.  I'm not familiar with Linda's career in Canada, but from listening to this delightful CD I would suspect she is a 'leader of the pack' in traditional and classic country music in that northland. The songs selected for this project are also very sharp.  Some of the best songwriters in country music appear here.  Jeannie Seely; Hank Cochran; Kris Kristofferson; Willie Nelson; Buck Owens; Mickey Newbury; and one of my close friends Whisperin' Bill Anderson.  Even one of our own Iowan terrific songwriters, Max D Barnes, another close friend (now gone) that I did tons of shows with in Europe. This CD is a mindblower.  Thank you Linda Evans for such a remarkable and pleasant listening experience.  I will be forwarding this CD to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their listening pleasure and selection of CD of the Year Awards.  My very best of luck to you, and a long long career doing your beautiful music.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, National Traditional Country Music Association, for Country Music News International

1 comment:

  1. To Bob Everhart, Thank you for this wonderful review. When we read the review by you it is so encouraging to us here in Canada. Thanks from all of us at Ambassador Records in Oshawa ON.