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CD: JANET McBRIDE Here I Am


JANET McBRIDE
Here I Am
 
Thanks For Askin' - A Cold Day in December - you've Got Me Mixed Up - Who is this Jesus Person? - Cheaters - Wrong Enough - Guilty - Harmful if Swallowed - I'm Glad I Didn't Lose - A Little at a Time - I'm Leaving this Time - Happy Ever After - Along Again - He's Right, That's What's Wrong - The Call - Like You Did - The Lottery Song - No Strings Attached - When - Have A Nice Day - We Don't Lover Here Anymore - Truck Driver - Mom, Can I Come Home - The Suitcase - Looking for Jeannie - Wyoming Rose - Texas Bluebonnet Waltz
 
This is a remarkable adventure into the musical life of Janet McBride one of the most highly respected female country singers - songwriters in Texas, if not the entire United States.  Sheila and I were in our first year of marriage 22 years ago when we performed on the Mesquite Opry in Mesquite, Texas, just a short distance east of Fort Worth.  It was a thrill to be able to do our old-time country on such a sophisticated stage.  Janet McBride and her husband John had already been running the Opry for some time, at least since 1985, and Janet had a formula that worked. She had good musicians.  She sat on a stool the entire show and 'directed' the affairs of music, comedy, good times, and certainly good country music.  All of the songs on this particular CD was written by Janet, and some of them I have never heard.  All of them are super good renditions of music from all of that time frame, the golden days of 'real' country music, so very different from today's 'rap country' music.  Janet turned 80 years old just prior to putting this finished album out, and she's still as active and energetic as she has always been.  By the way she's one astounding yodeler, and has taught dozens if not hundreds of young girls how to yodel.  This album however is more in the classic and traditional country music style.  A lot of the songs that I have never heard were done when she was so active with the Mesquite Opry, and then a smaller number from her days after the Mesquite Opry.  Super musician Tex Schutz and his Red Dog Studio, also in Texas, is the mover, shaker, listener, engineer, picker, and just about everything that has to be done to create a good 'sound-alike' all the way through without going through high and lows in volume and quality.  What a nicely done job.  Mary Schutz, his wife, also helped with the inserts, photos, and story lines.  I find this to be a delightful CD to listen to, it's a trip down memory lane when crying-hurting songs were so popular, and this held true for male listeners just the same as it did for female listeners.  She closes this massive collection of songs (27 of them) with the "Texas Bluebonnet Waltz" a newer song that Janet has written, and the poignant images are true to the true artist.  I really like the fiddle on "The Suitcase" and I also like "Texas Bluebonnet Waltz," but I didn't hear no yodeling?  Off this goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.
 
Bob Everhart for Country Music News International

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