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CD Review: TERRY ROBBINS - Love Front

TERRY ROBBINS
Love Front
Love Front - Break My Heart - Jambalaya - Life Without You - Got A Love For You - Got A Love For You - Mind On My Honey - Through My Teardrops - ThankYou Note - Deer In The Headlights - Legends - Barbecue Buzz - Flyin' Off The Handle

Terry Robbins, from Alabama, is one terrific songwriter.  He proves it every time he puts pen to paper.  This album however exhibits not only his super songwriting abilities, but also his recording ability and a sound that puts him far above anything you are hearing on a country chart today.  I love it when it's the 'real deal' and Terry not only proves it with this CD, he is working with some of the best 'real' country sounding musicians I've heard in a long time, especially since not much is coming out of Nashville these days.  The fiddler on this album of Terry's is incredibly good, and really 'feels' the sound he is creating.  Lead guitar and steel are equally able.  What a really good country sound coming out of a studio in Alabama.  This is it!  Terry mentions musicians Bryan Carter and Bruce Hoffman as the mainstay instrumental backing.  I can only say, thank you so much for not being in Nashville.  Thank you for also keeping a very valid and traditional country music style alive and well. I feel so sorry for those songwriters and artists who spend their last nickel trying to get noticed in Nashville.  It's a dead-end road these days, especially when talent, ability, knowledge, and certainly determination in keeping the music alive, no matter where it comes from, is somewhere else.  "Love Front" is an extremely well written song, and recorded equally as well. Bryan Carter also sat at the studio board, and I'd have to say his 'ear' is what he discovered, probably a few years ago, when he first started listening to traditional and classic country music.  The 'mix' is super good, the lead vocalist is easily heard, you can understand everything Terry is saying and singing.  Today's country chart music is so blase' lead vocals are usually overpowered by instrumental noise to disguise the fact that the singer isn't all that great.  Doesn't happen in Alabama these days, especially through the pen and voice of Terry Robbins. Terry is also a good songwriter sharer, and attends several songwriting gatherings, and in doing that also 'shares' the writing of good songs.  I say more power to Terry Robbins, he's holding the bar very high in traditional and classic country music.  I could also add 'old-time' to that genre offering, especially in his very new, yet right on the mark, Jambalaya.  Off this classic piece of work goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.  They've heard Robbin's work before, and have given him CD of the Year awards.  They know what they are looking for.
CD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, National Traditional Country Music Assn., www.music-savers.com for Country Music News International

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