CD Review: LLOYD BACK - Travelling With You

Travelling With You
Travelling With You - Where I'm Meant To Be - It Goes To Show - The Biggest Disappointment - Tracky Dacks and Sandshoes Blues - One Phone Call Every Year - Tenterfield Saddler - Dads and Daughters - Windale - True Blue - Road Trip
It amazes me to hear 'country music' as 'real' country music coming from Queensland, Australia.  Lloyd Back is an incredibly sincere younger man who 'knows' what country music is all about.  He wrote eight of the delightful songs on this album, and what a nice writer he is.  BUT, he's much more than that, he has a beautiful 'country' voice, like none I've heard come from Nashville for a number of years now.  What a pity, America's real country music is now safely ensconced in the talents and voices of gifted musicians, songwriters, performers and entertainers who live in other lands.  Somehow they 'know' what the 'contents' of country music is all about.  The same mystical quality that has disappeared from today's so-called country offerings in the USA.  This young guy is totally devoted to make sure his songs has a 'story' in it.  Something the listener can attach to, to listen to, to understand.  This is Lloyd's fourth album for Kross Kut Records.  It's his second song on this album "Where I'm Meant To Be" that portrays his magnificent voice in it's rightful glory.  What a great album to listen to, and at the same time to feel so sad that our own counterparts in America can't even touch this. Unless of course you go to the back country, rural America if you will, to find it.  You'll find it of course, but it's tucked away, far from corporate control.  Terrific music, and like Lloyd Back, placing the best foot and song forward as often as possible. Lindsay Waddington produced this session, and like many 'listeners' I am always keen about "can I actually hear the vocalist?''  Yes I can, it's absolutely lovely, very unlike American music that is engulfed with loud noise and little attention to what is being sang or written in words only a few understand.  The mix that Waddington placed on this session is remarkable.  He kept the vocal out front, words easy to understand, and better....he brought out the instrumentalists in the 'just right' places, making the entire listening experience a really entertaining experience.  I've only been on the 'music trail' for something like 70 years, but I really really appreciate the gift of really good instrumentalists.  Waddington used some of the best in Australia for this experience.  Hugh Curtis on fiddle and mandolin; Lawrie Minson on steel, Dobro, Slide, harp, accordion, and banjo (especially good on 'Dads and Daughters'); Rob O'Sullivan on bass; Lloyd Back on acoustic and rhythm guitars and harmonica (watch for it on 'Windale' just a simple little instrument that can sound so haunting and beautiful), and Lindsay Waddington joined in guitars, bass, drums, and percussion.  What a beautiful 'mix' this all turned out to be.  Backing vocals were provided by Tyson Colman, Sue Black, Maddison Waddington, and Charli Waddington.  It's a super experience to be in the position I'm in to hear such a beautiful rendition of some incredibly gifted original music.  Thank you Mr. Black.  I'm forwarding this CD to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their "CD of the Year" awards, knowing that it will probably be impossible for you to attend their awards ceremonies in the fall of 2018.  Be that as it may, off it goes.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, National Traditional Country Music Association, for Country Music News International

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