CD Review: EDWIN TIBBALS - Payday

Payday - Outskirts of Life - Lucy - Angel In Hell - Toe To Toe With Texas - Want To Stop - Thank You Lord - Horse To Water - In Your Blood - A Cold Drink

Edwin doesn't really have a 'title' for this incredibly meaningful album, however the very first dream, in his own words is "you know it's been a hard ride, a bed of stone, and a chair of knives, I cannot swim and the river's so wide, and now you see what it's like to be me."  I don't believe he could make it any plainer, he's a creative man, one with tons of experience with 'life' and the beginning 'style' is sort of Bakersfield country outlaw sound.  However by the time we get to "Lucy" I really love the Merle Travis style of picking, and of course the magnificent fiddle that makes this particular song stand on it's own.  Edwin tells us in Toe to Toe With Texas" that he was born in Detroit, grew up in California (still lives in California) and traveled a huge amount, this particular song being about not accepting unwarranted criticism  "I play what I want, and I say whatever I like.  I love Bakersfield dearly, and I'll sing Haggard all night."  He saying quite frankly, he's his own man, and intends to stay that way.  In the same song he meets 'that big ol' Texas gal" he want in his life.  This same song has a neat sounding acoustic bass in it.  Super good outlaw country combined with a little 50's rock sound.  Good!  I believe the most meaningful song on this album is without a doubt "Thank you Lord."  It's this poignant time in a creative writers thoughts that we see the truth.  Not just truth about him, but truth about the human existence.  This is perhaps Edwin Tibbal's most meaningful song he has ever written.  I like everything that he is telling us, it is so much better, so much much better than anything we are hearing on country radio today for instance.  He really talks to me on this particular song, I've been on the same road.  Edwin has had some obvious idols in his music life, one of them must have been Johnny Paycheck who had similar experiences, and said it best perhaps with "Take This Job and Shove It."  Keep at it Edwin, in my book you are on the right road, whether it be the thrill of the city, or the peach of the country, you will find obvious meaning in both.  The Rural Roots Music Commission don't often get expressive CD's like this, not sure how they will react, but I'm sending it anyway.
RECORD REVIEW BY Bob Everhart, Pres., National Traditional Country Music Assn. for Country Music News International

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