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CD Review: Emily George - Shadows Of What Used To Be - by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Shadows Of What Used To Be
Texas In the Swing - Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Shadows of What used To Be - I'm Back in Texas - Raining In My Heart - Bluebonnet Blues - Are You Lonesome Tonight - Old Fashioned Love - You're From Texas - You've Got A Friend In Me

This lovely young Texan lady sure has a strong hold on western-swing music.  Harold Bradley produced this album in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, and he certainly brought some talented musicians into the studio to make this remarkable album.  Emily George has the perfect voice for this kind of very beautiful 'western' style music, with the 'swing' just right.  It's remarkably well done, especially the 'mix' which puts Emily's beautiful voice out front where it needs to be. Some of todays music has the vocalist so hidden in the mix you can't even understand the words they are singing.  Surely not the case with Emily, she tells the 'story' of the song, and tells it beautifully, much like it used to be when it was so tremendously popular.  Emily is on a 'preservation' journey, though she might not know it, she is keeping western swing music alive and well, and that sure is good medicine for those who like music to be interesting, listenable, original sounding, well recorded, well mixed, and entertaining.  Emily has accomplished this and much more.  The 'swing' musicians are super: Rhythm guitar-Harold Bradley, Andy Riess and Joe Settlemires; lead guitar-Andy Riess and Joe Settlemires; upright bass-Dennis Crouch; fiddle-Kenny Sears (he adds that just right Bob Wills Spade Cooley 'touch' to western swing);  piano-Jeff Taylor; Steel-Tommy White; percussion-Josh Hunt.  I find it important to list musicians, especially when they do a super good job like they have done on Emily's CD.  The possibilities of success in the music business today is limited.  Doors are shut everywhere, open only to the very obedient few allowed to be heard.  Emily George has that 'just right' approach to modern music to actually cross the bridge into national and international acceptance.  She's a young woman with a 'music touch' that many so-called country artists would be very envious of.  She's not afraid to stay within the 'definition' of a musical genre, and she proves beyond the shadow of a doubt, she does it better, and does it more honestly, than anything being offered in America called 'country' music.  Emily stays with the genre without pumping a dozen other genres of music into it.  it's pure, it's honest, it's genuinely entertaining, and my fondest wish is that 'door' to a major label might happen for Emily IF they allow her to pursue her music as she is doing it right now.  Harold Bradley is a very good professional producer in the studio, and he too knew that what Emily is pursuing is 'honesty' and 'respect' for the music she is creating.  There is also some notable 'original' songs on this album by Jimmy Burson.  Tracks 1-3-4-10 are his own compositions, including #10 which he wrote with Randy Newman, and added his voice to the same song.  It doesn't get much better than that, the entire 'style' and 'end result' is actually 'real' music done in a 'real' way.  No computer voice cover-up, no electronic do-overs, no digital robotic sound here, it's all 'pure' western swing music, done in the way that it sounds best, it's own genre.  Off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their appraisal.  They are looking for this kind of professionalism.  
www.music-savers.com RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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