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CD Review: Kylie Austin - When It Rains - by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

KYLIE AUSTIN
When It Rains
When It Rains - Bridle Hanging On The Wall - Heads Carolina Tails California - Til I Make It On My Own - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Unchained Melody - Sin Wagon - There You Are - If This Is Love - Ghost Riders Melody

There are two wonderful women in New Zealand who made it possible for me and my wife Sheila to go to this beautiful country and perform our Smithsonian Institution music.  Anne George is one of the best promoters of traditional and classic country music in New Zealand.  She 'created' the Marton Festival of Country Music which Sheila and I performed on both years we were on tour there.  Anne is also a gifted country singer as well as a gifted promoter.  Ginny Peters, RCA recording artist and songwriter supreme is one of New Zealand's most famous country composers, singers, and recording artists.  Her incredible 'love' for the music and the folks that make it is astonishing.  This is an introduction to another wonderful woman who sings and records country music in New Zealand.  Kylie Austin is a super lover of the 'real' deal, including the steel guitar which really makes her honky-tonk sounding country really really good.  She has selected a magnificent set of songs to display her incredibly good country voice.  Don't have a listing of these great musicians who are very comfortable working in a studio.  They know the 'just right places' to emphasize Kylie's super good country voice.  The ins and outs of the embellishments is very well done.  It shows the devotion of the musicians to do a really good job, and indeed they do that on this recording.  I even liked the (sounded like) Hammond Organ on "Heads Carolina Tails California" a super way to bring two distinctly different life styles together, much like this particular song which is basically doing something 'together' doesn't make any difference where it's at, having fun, making music, doing it together.  That very same feeling my wife and I enjoyed our two seasons in New Zealand, one of the most beautiful countries on planet earth.  Kylie is also very beautiful and so is her voice.  I really like this CD.  She sent me two, so I'll review the other one as the summer wears on.  Kylie is already committed to be with us at our 44th Annual National 'Real' Country Festival, October 3-4-5-6, at our new venue, the Christensen Field House in Fremont, Nebraska, to accept a Hall of Fame induction as nominated by Anne George.  You will hear some incredibly good 'fiddle' music on "Til I Make It On My Own."  It's not exactly the way Bill Monroe would do "Blue Moon of Kentucky" but when you hear a really good voice like Kylie's begin the entire first verse acapella, you know it's got to be good.  It's sort of 'honky-tonk' for lack of a better observation.  I believe I like "Unchained Melody" best, probably because she has such good control of her voice, and because she is believable when she sings it.  This fascinating artist, already on her way to our festival in October, is likely to receive more than a Hall of Fame induction.  Keep tuned for the answer.
www.music-savers.com - RECORD REVIEW BY Bob Everhart, Pres., National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International

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