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CD Review: MARK BRINE - Old Timey Tunes

Old Timey Tunes
You're An Old Timey Tune - Hot Dang - Love (In The Purest Form) - The Honky Tonk's Rippin' - Elaine - My Folks Were Like Ma & Pa Kettle - Baby, You Make It Feel Alright - I Remember Ruby - How Come We Can't Live Together - Back With My Wife - Singin' A Different Song - If I Die (I'll Never Speak To You Again) - Dreams ('Nother One Of Them Dreams) - Mr. Marty - It's Warm (Inside Of Your Love) - Deja Vu (It's You) - When You Stop Carin' (If I Live Or Die) - The Last Days of Love - A Life Alone (With Someone) - Blood On The Cross - Here's To the Artist - The Angels Of The Earth

This CD is a compilation of some of Mark Brine's very best compositions.  It covers a rather long ago time frame, 1977-1982, but it certainly brings to mind an immediate perspective of what Mark Brine is all about, still today. The only song on this collection that is not a Mark Brine original, is the first one, "You're An Old Timey Tune" written by George Mooney and published by Mark.  This entire project is sort of old-timey, it takes the listener back to another time, another place, that is as 'real' as 'real' can get.  Mark is an incredibly creative writer, on this trip he takes us from riding the merry-go-round and playing in the penny arcade on a summer night under the moon.  Well, those are sort of Mooney's words, but they are exactly well spent describing the overall effect of this entire project.  Mark goes from an early sexual experience "Hot Dang" to a lasting love that never changes, with all the feelings and sensory expectations everyone feels at one time or another in their lifetime.  Because of the time span, the genre offerings sometimes drift from an excellent early folk music style, right up to a beautiful 'real' country sound not found in today's offerings under that genre at all.  Believe it or not, Mark Brine began his musical trek through his musical life under the wing of none other than Hank Snow.  That relationship not only became prodigy and guru, it became a personal drive to 'do more.'  There had to be a close connection there, even though Mark does not sound like Snow at all, he does provide the deep-thought process that provokes the imagination, Snow was well known for.  The fiddle/violin that appears in and out of all the songs, is a perfectly blended instrument to the meaning of the songs.  Acoustic guitar leads are also very instrumental to the basic meaning of the song.  Really like it in "My Folks Were Like Ma & Pa Kettle" so soft, so gentle, so sweet, so remembering.  Super good!  Where there's a will there's a way is a kind of anthem for Mark Brine, who refuses to give up his splendid creativity, no matter what, "if he lives or dies."  Brine's voice also reflects a kind of sorrowful expression of deep sadness, in the appropriate places of course.  His voice is also very profound and deeply convincing on other 'feelings.'  "I Remember Ruby" demonstrates this remarkable ability to 'prove the point.'  With no less than 22 original songs on this wonderful compilation, it is very difficult to even try to pick a favorite they are all so good and well done.  Off this remarkable musical adventure goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission who are always looking for the direct connect between folk music and 'real' country music.  Hank Snow could answer that question easily.  Good luck Mark, you're one of a kind.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.music-savers.com - President, National Traditional Country Music Association, for Country Music News International

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