Country Chapel - Autumn Leaves - Old Cottage Home - Endeavour's Coming Home - Beautiful High Moors - Always A Welcome - Going Home - Valley Of The Steam - Summertime - Light Of The World - This Part Of The North - Reach Out Your Hand - Highway To Heaven - Emily - Yorkshire - Dame Vera Lynn - Whitby Town - Mother's Tears - Springtime - Spirit Of The North
Tony Richards, at least to me is the best 'real' country and composer in Great Britain. This CD is a welcome addition to his many releases. It's the songs most requested by his fans. He's been to America several times in his pursuit of keeping his music legitimate and country. I've had the pleasure of touring with Tony in England, and by far the trip to Yorkshire and his beautiful town of Whitby remains as one of my most memorable experiences touring Europe for at least ten years. Tony, when he's not singing and composing, is a shepherd. He keeps a large flock of sheep on his farm outside Whitby. A beautiful old stone house next to a brook that runs down the hill, beneath a beautiful stone walk-way bridge. What fond memories I have of this trip, and what fond memories this very lovely CD brings back to me. I really enjoyed "Beautiful High Moors" very much, mostly because it's such a well written and executed song, but also because Tony has taken me through the moors in the full moonlight and in the beauty of the day. The two memories blend into one. "Always A Welcome" is another of his wonderful songs, opening with a fine fiddle. The song follows directly after the High Moors, and is a direct invitation to spend some time in his and his wife Ann's beautiful, very old stone home. "Summertime" is not the summertime we know in America, it's another of Tony's lovely songs. Backing throughout this wonderful musical experience is delightful all the way. "Highway To Heaven" is another really good song, intro by a banjo then later joined by fiddle, and Tony happily singing the words that mean so much to him. "Dame Vern Lynn" is another super good song with an old train chugging through the stereo whistling all the way. A close Roy Acuff tribute, but Tony's voice is very Johnny Cash like making it a very special song in many ways. Good fiddle all the way through. "Whitby Town" is another favorite, the town itself is a lovely, very old port on the East side of England. Some of my memories, my wife Sheila's and our daughter Bobbie Lhea's continually swing back to our time spent with Tony Richards. We'll never be able to thank him and his lovely wife for their exceptional hospitality and the opportunity to visit their delightful sheep farm and of course their town, Whitby. Off this one goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their perusal. I hope they like it, even though I have personal experience working with this delightful artist.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., National Traditional Country Music Association
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