CD Review: John Rex Reeves - Great Country Classics - by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Great Country Classics
My World Of Memories - Almost Persuaded - Four Walls - The Box - I Believe - Am I That Easy To Forget - Your Memory Strikes Again - I Feel Right At Home Loving You - Aren't You Ever Gonna Cry? - I'd Fight The World - I'm Just A Gambling Man - Blue Berry Hill - Valley Of Tears - I'm Walking To New Orleans

John Rex Reeves has been a close friend of mine for quite a few years now.  We've done tons of shows together, and he has been one of the most popular performers we have ever booked on our festivals and concert halls in Iowa.  This brand new recording by Rex is without a doubt a much needed 'reminder' to many of us what country music was all about in the past.  And on top of that, what country music SHOULD be all about in today's world.  John Rex is the nephew of Jim Reeves, so you already know where his love for music is, and what it sounds like, and what it should sound like.  John is without a doubt the best Jim Reeves singer alive today.  His concerts are as good as his recordings, and I'm so happy to hear his newest release.  He only uses the very best backing musicians in the studio, and with Doyle Grisham co-producing this most welcome musical treat, we get some 'real' country music back in our lives. It is going to be very hard for me to pick a 'favorite' out of this remarkable line up of great songs, including an original by John "I Feel Right At Home Loving You." This is a great original song, written to and for Neva, the love of his life.  And, he didn't forget his uncle by doing some of my favorite Jim Reeves hits.  I also love the way John takes a song like Johnny Paycheck's "My World Of Memories" and makes it his own.  He does the same thing with Charlie Louvin's "Aren't You Ever Gonna Cry?"  BUT, the best treat is John's wonderful tribute to Fats Domino with the three closing songs.  I can best describe what I'm hearing by quoting John himself, "You have heard me say many times that I grew up listening to country music on the Louisiana Hayride.  On this CD I have chosen some of my favorite country songs and a small touch of Fats Domino."  What a treat!  Fats was a 50's rock and roller that liked country music too.  Doyle Grisham's production on all three songs is just great, even keeping a little country 'in' it.  John still makes his home in Humble, Texas, and he still keeps his music 'country.'  I really like what all the musicians are doing, from a smooth sounding mandolin to a really neat Fats Domino piano.  And of course all the instrumentation that Jim Reeves used when he was in the studio.  What a 'real' treat this one is.
Record review by Bob Everhart, President, National Traditional Country Music Association. for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

1 comment:

  1. Hey Bob, I'd like to say Thank you for a nice review on John Rex Reeves, I most certainly will listen to it soon.