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CD Review: JESSE PAUL - Here's To Luke The Drifter

Here's To Luke The Drifter
Gathering Flowers - Dust On The Bible - Great Judgement Morning - Walkin' and Talkin' - Beautiful Home - Men With Broken Hearts - Searched Heaven For You - Gathering Jewels - Dear Brother - Waiting For Me
I haven't heard some of these remarkable songs for quite some time, but Jesse Paul, from Newfoundland, Canada, knows exactly how they sounded those many years ago when they were so popular with ordinary, regular, down-home folks.  Jesse has a voice that perfectly fits these old songs, and the dedication to Luke the Drifter (better known as Hank Williams, Sr.) is a wonderful listening experience.  There is more singers than just Jesse.  The second song "Dust On The Bible" has a very 'real country' female voice doing wonderful justice to the meaning of this great old gospel song. We hear the first 'real' tribute to Luke the Drifter with "Great Judgement Morning" which is how Luke did some of his 'talk' sessions.  The CD is a wonderful step back in time however, both music and poetic expression.  I'm not very familiar with Jesse Paul, and there isn't a lot available on him on the internet, although there is some you-tube releases.  He's got a very very beautiful honest country voice, and it fits everything he is doing on this recording.  Don't have the backing artists, but they have a 70's sound that also fits what Jesse is doing.  What I really like is that his voice is out front above the instruments.  It's easy to hear and understand everything he is doing.  Today, especially in the modern non-country music we hear, vocals are mixed to near un-hearable, much less understand what they are saying or singing.  Not the case with Jesse Paul.  He sings with conviction and determination to share these wonderful messages of redemption and promises fulfilled.  Lots of great keyboard, organ, lead guitar, all of which sounds just right behind this wonderful 'real' country voice.  It's the last day for me to submit CD's to the Rural Roots Music Commission, but I shall surely do that with this album, which is 'real' country-gospel through and through. Lots of luck in your music career Jesse, and if the RRMC gives you the nod, I certainly hope you can make the long trip to the USA to receive the honors at the 'National Old Time Music Festival' (Aug 28-Sept 3) held in LeMars, Iowa, the ice cream capital of the world.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres. National Traditional Country Music Assn., www.music-savers.com
for Country Music News International

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