CD: Andy Griggs - Naked

Andy Griggs
Naked
Old Timer        5:21 Understanding Hank      3:21 Heart Hush          .12
You and Cocaine         4:15 Superman            2:41 I Wonder Do You Think of Me   3:04 D’em Boyz          2:32 Thrown Away             4:06 Long Time Coming         4:03
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground          2:37 Between an Old Memory and Me          4:03 Blue Train            5:08 Me on His Mind          3:22

It’s late on a Friday night, and I really have nothing to do. It’s amazing that after a car accident, brain surgery, and maybe another one up and coming; that I’m stuck here fighting for my disability. It almost sickens me to think about all of the people that abuse the system and leave people like me fighting. Sorry, it’s been a bad week for me and I know if you’re even reading this then you are here about music. Well hey, I’m just another sad country song.
            Old Timer kinda sums up how I feel. The ups are ups and the downs are downs, but this song really puts it all in place. The good times outweigh the bad, the summer memories put those cold damn desolate winters to shame. And there’s always that woman that could warm the coldest of cabins.
            I guess you just gotta listen to Understanding Hank to really understand the great ‘Hank.’ I bet you’ve felt it in your years as well. It’s a true tribute to Hank Williams.
            Heart Hush is almost an exit and an intro. It introduces You and Cocaine. At least I’d hope it just introduces cocaine. Let’s just leave it at that.
            Superman is not at all what I expected by its name. It truly shows depth that I wasn’t expecting. Maybe some of you guys are like me and still have old girlfriends calling with one of these two types they expected but couldn’t put together in you.
            And with that, comes the perfect imagery to lead in to I Wonder Do You Still Think of Me. D’em Boyz has lyrics flowing as freely as Andy Griggs probably lives. It’s much different than the rest of the album so far. I just had to go do some research on this guy. It seems he’s already released three albums for RCA and another one by Montage. He’s hit the charts countless times, and it seems he’s still going strong.
            Let me just go through a few more. Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground is a beautiful acoustic ballad, that really showcases his vocal talent.
            Blues Train is funny because of the outtakes. Any Johnny Cash follower or anyone who’s even familiar with his music will love this. And, Me on His Mind is probably much more of a religious/acoustic prayer. The way it’s written really makes a lot more sense if you know any of Andy Griggs history.
            Overall, I thought is was an excellent album. You could notice the bluegrass strumming, the blue’s wailing, and the hint of jazz that perfected the recipe.  

Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International

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