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CD Review: Jonalee White and the Late-Night Drivers - by Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Jonalee White and the Late-Night Drivers
Jonalee White and the Late-Night Drivers

Truck Stopped Here 3:26 Day One 3:06 Turn This Car Around 3:36 What in This World 4:29
Love it Like That 2:56 Drive 3:16 Real 4:00 Wild Girls 3:23 Holy Water 4:00 Over You 3:53 Party Down 3:41
Song for the Road 3:42

Huh, we just celebrated the 4th of July. Yet, I did nothing but watch TV, and most people I know did the same. This year it just didn’t feel like anyone was celebrating really. I mean, I remember years before where I was lighting off fireworks, having parties, everyone screaming and having a good time. But, this year the whole atmosphere was different.
Let me start off on this review. Alright, Truck Stopped Here, so far, I am far from impressed. This song is one of those songs that may be alright to play as background/elevator music, but if you ask me, is just your atypical run-of-the-mill country song that you may here at any truck-stop in the Midwest. It’s a very mellow ballad that lyrically is a remembrance song about her father by way of his truck.
Day One, opens up with some nice acoustic picking. This song picks up the pace a bit. It even has a fiddle in the background. It’s not a bad song and Jonalee White has a good voice. I don’t know what it is about it, but this album is just not connecting with me in the slightest. I know they’ve had 5 top forty singles and have been at CMA, etc. They do have a fairly large following, but really, it's not working for me at all.
Turn This Car Around, opens with an electric riff. And I believe it is a keyboard, maybe a mandolin also. I sear it sounds like a fiddle, but maybe that is just the keyboard with a fiddle button. The bridge toward the middle of the tune is really nice I could understand how this could be a single that either reached or will reach the billboards. Lyrically, it is a chic song. She has to turn her car around and fight for her love, being the message.
What in This World, is a very beautiful song, both lyrically and musically. It would be a good tune to just sit back and relax to after work. Drive, begins with a beautiful keyboard riff, when her vocals come in it really adds to this song.
Wild Girls, is a bit more of a show tune it sounds like to me. I could imagine this at a country bar I go to. You can just imagine the line dancing, the boots kicking up, maybe even a few skirts as well.
This entire album is almost a remembrance of her youth, her father, some of her ex-boyfriends I assume. The only exception to this is Holy Water. And, the is actually the song I enjoyed the most. Some male sings that, I imagine it is one of the Late-Night Drivers. I think the writing is exceptional because it has that raw real tug at the heart. The emotion comes across with each lyric sung. It was a good album all together. It is extremely well produced.

Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International

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