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CD Review: JOSH DANIELS - Grassroots Country Vol. II

Grassroots Country Vol. II
Tiger By The Tail - Silver Wings - Invitation To The Blues - Waltz Across Texas - Love's Gonna Live Here - For The Good Times - Walkin' The Floor Over You - Today I Started Loving You Again - Folsom Prison Blues - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

I must admit, if you like 'classic' and 'traditional' country music, you are going to find this particular CD one you will listen to continuously for long periods of time.  Simply because it is so good, the songs are the 'right' songs, and the singer in this case is just a little bit better than the original recording artists.  Josh Daniels makes his home in Missouri.  He originally thought he might be an opera singer, and even pursued that destination with tutoring and singing lessons, but he just wasn't happy doing that, so he switched to classic country and hasn't looked back since.  I'm not sure where he recorded this terrific CD, but the musicians are just as devoted to classic and traditional country music as Josh is.  But it's "Josh" who rules the roost here, his voice is exactly suited to these terrific country songs.  Doesn't matter if it's the smooth sound of Ray Price, or the hillbilly sound of Hank Williams, or the Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens, Josh covers it all, and still retains his own impeccable style. It is a total 'exemplary' presentation of 'real' country music.  The steel and fiddle knows exactly what this music should sound like, and they play it with a persona hard to find these days.  Even acoustic guitar picking, like on "Waltz Across Texas" is sublime and beautiful, and believe it or not, simple...the way it should be, the way Ernest did it, and the reason it is loved.  Josh's voice touches all the bases on every single song on this album, you will be amazed at how well he so sincerely presents his magnificent voice.  His Buck Owens songs I firmly believe are better than Buck did them.  That's saying a lot for a fan of not only Buck, but the total Bakersfield sound.  It's also a wonder how well this young guy can do Ray Price, the really 'cool' singer of some incredibly beautiful country songs.  I really like the 'backing' throughout this remarkable CD, the musicians are obviously enjoying playing these great 'classic' country songs.  AND, Josh's immaculate voice carries through to take the listener on a brand new adventure and voyage listening to the 'real deal' again.  I would be remiss if I didn't predict the future of Josh Daniels.  He is going to acquire a massive fan base, and he may even be the impetus to bring 'country' back into country music. Josh is on a number of festivals in 2018, LeMars, Iowa; Fremont, Nebraska; and perhaps the benefit show at the National Traditional Country Music Association's 'Oak Tree Opry" in Anita, Iowa, April 27-28-29.  It's a fund raiser for the Pioneer Music Museum, so come early and stay late for a remarkable recapture of 'real' country music.  Master of Ceremonies is a long-time supporter of the NTCMA, millionaire Bobby Duff who will fly in from California to participate and emcee the weekend.  Lots of fun 7112-762-4363 for information.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, National Traditional Country Music Assn., for Country Music News International

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