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CD Review: JOSH DANIELS - Grassroots Country

Grassroots Country
Kiss An Angel Good Morning - I'd Love To Lay You Down - Hello Darlin' - Good Hearted Woman - I'm A Ramblin' Man - He Stopped Lovin' Her Today - I'm A One Woman Man - Grand Tour - The Race Is On - Murder On Music Row
I've reviewed a lot of country albums since I started doing this reviewing thing as a service to International Country Music News in Europe and Midwest Country in Iowa.  I've reviewed a lot of country singers from Iowa, and I believe I can truthfully say this CD is without a doubt one of the best 'classic' country singers I've heard in Iowa.  Josh Daniels, a 26 year old Missourian, definitely has a 'sincerity sound' that is hard to imitate, it just has to be part of a singers being, part of his soul, part of his music selection.  Josh has set his sights on country music to share this incredible gift.  I hope he never goes to Nashville, they will obviously like everything he's doing with his voice, but unfortunately they will spend most of their time transforming him into today's 'modern country' sound which isn't very country at all, especially with the lack of fiddle or steel guitar.  Josh's renditions of some very popular classic and traditional country songs are just plain super.  I've not heard it done so well here in the upper Midwest.  Not sure if he is doing this with 'tracks' but the backing is just right for him regardless of what it is.  Whoever put this together for Josh had enough sense to keep his vocals out front where they belong.  It's the sincerity of Josh's relationship to the songs that make this such a really nice listening experience.  I can't share very much about this young artist, I don't have an reference point to go to.  He doesn't sound like George Jones on 'He Stopped Loving Her Today", but the sadness of that song is very relevant in the voice and ability of this young singer.  Everything on this album is extremely well done.  I can even handle 'tracks' if the vocalist has the ability to project his voice  above the already pre-produced music backing.  That's exactly what Josh Daniels is doing with this album, and he closes this project with a very befitting song.  "Murder on Music Row" a song written by one of my friends, Larry Cordle who was at our LeMars Festival two years ago.  Josh takes this song to be his very own, and he puts his voice stamp on it, and claims it for his own.  I would have to believe, that he believes this travesty today called country music really isn't that.  We'll see how long loyalty holds with this young guy.  Off this one goes, right away to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their appraisal.  We still have some time for CD of the Year possibilities, and I certainly hope Josh finds his way to the hearts of the Commission.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., National Traditional Country Music Assn., www.music-savers.com for Country Music News International

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