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CD Review: Danny Darren - Forgotten Memories

Forgotten Memories
You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry - It Kind Of Reminds Me Of Me - Letter Edged In Black - It's Not For Me To Understand - Yes I Know - Rank Stranger - My Child I Hear Your Prayer - Farmer's Blues - Letter From Vietnam

Shades of Ernest Tubb, this first song is an absolute winner.  Danny Darren, brother of Bobby Darren the incredible picker, singer, and record producer in Wisconsin, is one fantastic classic and traditional country singer.  I can 'tell' Bobby Darren's pickin' style now, just by listening to him.  He is spectacular, doesn't matter whether he's in the studio, or on RFD-TV picking for his fans and friends.  I like his acoustic guitar picking best, though he plays electric equally as well.  He's also a terrific slide player whether it be Dobro or Steel, it's Bobby Darren who makes a good singer like his brother sound not only good, but as it should be.  Danny picked several truly 'classic' songs to include in this album.  Two of my favorites on this super good CD is "Letter Edged In Black" and "Rank Stranger" both of which has that very special 'rural' touch to make it incredibly well done. The 'meaning' of the songs come through loud and clear.  Like many of the 'stars' that made it big with these songs, Danny has that same aura about him.  I'm pretty sure it's Bobby playing fiddle on "Letter Edged In Black" and wow, it's just right, just as right as it can be. Old time country music has always been a 'story' in a song, and Danny Darren still proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that 'truth' still prevails in that kind of presentation, because this whole album is 'that.'  Shades of Hank Snow, we sure do get a bit of that on "It's Not For Me To Understand," truly a sad story in song if there ever was one.  Danny is very expressive, and very honest in his presentation.  That's what 'real' country music is all about, and certainly not what we get in today's so-called country.  WOW, big big difference.  Some terrific female harmony on "Yes I Know," and super mandolin picking.  I'm not even going to 'guess' who's playing it, but I'm pretty sure who it is.  We hear it again on "Rank Strangers" really well done, and right on the very cutting edge of authentic old-time 'real' bluegrass music.  Super!  Bobby's acoustic guitar is right in that same groove. Danny closes his album with "Letter From Vietnam" a 'real-deal' about what it's really like to be in a 'war' to be a sniper and watch for the enemy, and see your best friend get shot right next to you.  It's a 'story' in this song.  The way country music 'used' to be.  Oh how I wish it would go back to that kind of musical entertainment.  The 'truth' in song and music.  Oh how I miss it so much.  Oh how I wish the 'money changers' would get out of the temple.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President,, National Traditional Country Music Assn., for Country Music News International  

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