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CD Review: GINNY PETERS - Moments In Memory

Moments In Memory
Going To Make Every Day A Good Day - I Never Got Over The Heartbreak - Your Burning Into My Mind - I Just Stopped Believing Today - If It Wasn't For The Mirror - One Night At A Time - Any Old Time - Reasons To Stay - They Were Good Days (Special Days) - If This Is Right - It's My Life - My Heart Brings Me Back To You - Inside Resources - Stormy Weather - Your Scars Don't Show - Buga Boo Worries - I Won't Get Over You So Easy This Time - Lady In A 67 Pontiac
The indubitably 'best songwriter' in New Zealand, Ginny Peters, has never stopped her dream of songwriting from happening.  She's still writing and singing in New Zealand.  AND, she is still recording her hits, and she definitely knows what a good country music song is.  For her it's a little more than three chords and the truth.  For Ginny Peters it has to also be inspired, it has to be personal, it has to be refined, and it definitely has to be an adventure.  Starting a great career by going to California to team up with Cliffie Stone, after he heard a session Ginny recorded with musicians of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Sun Studios in Memphis, was her first experience of dealing with the 'big time.'  That event captured Ginny's songs for perpetuity.  She's had 76 of her original songs recorded by artists from five different countries.  Thirteen of those original songs, recorded in 2016/2017 appear on this CD, her newest one. It's a masterpiece.  Errol Peters, Ginny's husband, mixed and mastered this entire project, and did it amazingly well. I'd say as good, if not better, than anything coming out of Nashville these days.  My wife Sheila and I did two tours to New Zealand, which is how we met Ginny and Errol, who became lifelong friends.  Not only to just Sheila and myself, but to everyone that likes 'real' country music.  One of our mutual friends is Peter Posa, the incredible guitarist that hobnobbed with the Rat Pack in Las Vegas after his hit record "White Rabbit" amassed such a huge following.  Peter asked if he could back Sheila and I at one of our concerts, we said sure of course, and much to our surprise he could pick the 'Wabash Cannonball' better than anyone we had ever heard pick it.  Ginny Peters was there that day, she arranged the concert.  I'll never forget the huge smile on her face, and the wonderful feeling it gave me to see her applauding her friends in country music.  Mark it down as one of my own very personal 'moments in memory.'  This album is going to be a big favorite of her already large fan base.  But I firmly believe that it will also enter the mainstream of young listeners as they seek out a little more 'truth' and 'feeling' in the music they listen to, instead of the robotic manufactured sound coming from Nashville these days.  It takes a true songwriter like Ginny Peters to write songs about 'real' events, 'real' feelings, 'real' experiences. To simply be told to go write a song about truck drivers is already passé, but they still do it that way in Nashville.  I'm so sorry they can't have the expertise and the incredibly good songwriting abilities of Ginny Peters in their music publishing offerings.  That's sad, BUT somehow I expect, they will eventually find her.  Sometimes it takes awhile, but eventually they do.  Off this CD goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission, but like Loretta Lynn, most likely, Ginny Peters will not make the long journey to LeMars for the ceremonies.  Still, I always hope for the best, we'll see what happens.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, National Traditional Country Music Assn., www.music-savers.com for Country Music News International

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