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CD Review: Aspen Black - Tales From The Road - by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Tales From The Road
It's All Good - The Free Range Cattle of Miller Road - Pancho And The Sand - I Want To Cowboy In Hawaii - Listen - Cattle Guard - She's His Cowgirl - Simple Strummin' Cowboy - Enough - Cowboy In The Corner - Fiddlin' My Day Away - Winter Classic 3-D - Gone - Every Cowboy Needs A Cowgirl - Just A-Ways Down The Road
Aspen Black makes her home in Virginia, but she moves constantly sharing her terrific music across America.  She uses a phrase "on the road" which is one of my favorites to describe her adventures while she's out performing away from her home state.  This particular CD is poetry.  I know, I know, it's poetry.  BUT poetry is very popular in cowboy-cowgirl circles, and besides, it's poetry that is the beginning of a good song.  And although this CD is 'poetry' Aspen has her own original instrumental music behind each story.  I like some of the 'names' of her instrumental music "Taste The Rain" and "Appalachian Wind" are only two of the 15 songs she adds to her poetry.  I found it very relaxing, and very easy to listen to.  With regards to this kind of presentation, I'd like to add a 'quote' from President John F. Kennedy I found very interesting.  "When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations... When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truth which must serve as the touchstones of our judgement.  I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization, than full recognition of the place of the artist.  If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free, to follow his/her vision wherever it takes him/her."  This album by Aspen Black is incredibly easy to listen to and you'll find sadness, loneliness, and even humor in what she writes.  You can see Aspen perform at this year's 43rd National Old Time Music Festival, August 27-September 2, in LeMars, Iowa.  www.music-savers.com
RECORD REVIEW BY: Bob Everhart, President, National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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