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CD Review: Don Joy & Melanie Lynn - You & That Old Texas Swing

DON JOY & MELANIE LYNN
You & That Old Texas Swing
This incredible brand-new CD is a rough-cut copy of what is going to be one of the best CD's this talented couple has ever recorded.  Missouri artists from the word go, they have the 'just-right' voices for an album of 'Texas' Swing.  Even though this copy I am listening to hasn't been 'mastered' yet, I can tell anyone who likes Western Swing, they are going to love this album.  The fiddles are so very reminiscent of Bob Wills and Spade Cooley, it's truly 'on the mark.'  Both Don & Melanie have incredibly good voices, and I believe you will get to hear Don Joy with his vocal renditions right where they should be.  He gives a slightly Ray Price 'style' to his voice but he's still Don Joy and you can identify him with that amazing ability to bring a song alive.  Melanie Lynn is right there too, she is especially good in harmony singing. "Rose Of My Heart" is one of the songs where 'duet' singing between these two really comes alive.  Both the steel and the fiddles are doing an incredibly good job on this release.  It will definitely take you back to another era, another time, when 'music' was done for the pleasure of 'entertaining' the listener.  That isn't happening in the country music world of today.  But it definitely is happening with this couple who has teamed up with some amazing musicians to bring back western swing, alive and well.  I personally hope the Western Music Association gets to hear this CD, once it's been finished and mastered, right off the bat.   Those folks will be completely surprised to find such a 'moving' musical art work function so incredibly well.   This CD is just loaded with 'love' songs, and in Texas they have a 'special' way to share this feeling.  So does this couple.  Let me be the first to tell you that Don and Melanie are at the 'top of the class' right now.  The music business however has a very stagnant approach to 'new' artists, not of their own finding.  My fondest hope is that somehow this couple  can overcome this way of doing 'business' in the music world.  I find it completely satisfying to hear Don Joy using the 'quaver' in his voice to full appreciation of 'making a statement of love.'    I believe there are some 'originals' on this CD because I don't recognize all of them.  But then again, I haven't heard every 'love' song ever written, but I certainly can 'feel' the effect  this couple has on the words they are singing.  I listened to this very refreshing album twice, to make sure I was hearing the 'effect' because it is so stimulating, and so very entertaining.  Even though this album is not quite finished at the studio, I am forwarding it to the Rural Roots Music Commission immediately since they are still open for 'CD of the Year" awards.
www.music-savers.com RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show