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CD: BOBBY AWE - Keepin' It Country

Keepin' It Country
If My Heart Had Windows - Wild Side Of Life - Til I'm Too Old To Die Young - Chisled in Stone - Long Black Veil - There Goes My Everything - Squaws Along The Yukon - These Arms Of Mine - Streets Of Baltimore - Devil Woman - I Can't Be Myself - The Garden - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Don't Worry - Swinging Doors - The Blackboard Of My Heart - City Lights - Don't Be Angry
With the death of George Jones there's lots of music memorials happening in country music today, but certainly not in the so-called world of popular-country music which has little, if any, connects to classic and traditional country music.  So-called country music today is a pathetic imitation of the 'real-deal.'  It's a kind of non-music sound-alike insult to the real country music creative process.  Our best representative of that very real distinguished and memorable music is still safe in the hands and voice of Bobby Awe, one of our most prestigious country singers in Iowa.  He has stayed with traditional and classic country music throughout his bountiful music career, and this opening song is obviously a dedication to someone he cared a lot for and about, George Jones.  This is not 'just' a George Jones re-cap CD.  This is one of Bobby Awe's best 'new' CD's he's done in a long time.  Included is no less than three of Hank Thompson's songs that our dear friend Lucy Jackson used to play keyboards for. This CD is a remarkable collection of great songs, from the folk library of Pete Seeger "Garden Song" to a really old folk song "Long Black Veil."  We heard Bobby do that song 'live' during his concert at the Oak Tree Opry, and it thrilled the audience.  Here it is recorded by our very best country voice in Iowa.  Add to all of this two Merle Haggard songs.  Kenny Serrat is going to be at our festival in LeMars, Iowa, this year, the man who apparently showed Haggard how to sing.  We are going to do our very best to bring Bobby Awe and Kenny Serrat together at that time for a special show featuring two incredibly gifted voices.  Some of my favorite country songs are on this CD.  "City Lights" written by one of our Hall of Famers, Bill Anderson, and made a hit by both Ray Price and Mickey Gilley.  Bobby Awe does it in grand style. Another great song is "There Goes My Everything" by Jack Greene another of our Hall of Famers.  Interesting to note that Elvis also saw the power in this song and did his own version of it.  One more that immediately caught my attention was "Streets of Baltimore," written by Nebraskan Tompall Glaser.  The Glaser Brothers had a huge hit with it, but Bobby Bare was the first one to record it.  All in all this CD is a wonderful 'remembrance' not just to George Jones, but to some incredibly beautiful and well-done classic and traditional country music.  I say good going Bobby Awe, keep it up, and let more and more CD's come heading our way.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer  www.ntcma.net

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