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CD Review : Frizzell and Friends – Lefty Fest - By Brian Scebold For Country Music News International Magazine and Radio Show

CD Review : Frizzell and Friends – Lefty Fest - By Brian Scebold
For Country Music News International Magazine and Radio Show

1. Always Late
2. I’m Gonna Hire a Wino
3. I Never Go Around Mirrors
4. I Want To Be With You Always
5. Woman Make A Foul Outta Me
6. An Uncloudy Day
7. Somewhere Tonight
8. The Bed You Made For Me
9. Barely Beaten Broken Heart
10. Whiskey If You Were A Woman
11. Last Thing On My Mind
12. That’s The Way Love Goes
13. Momma Tried
14. Wide Eyed And Willing
15. 16th Avenue
16. Crazy Blue Eyes
17. I Wish We Had Heroes Like John Wayne
18. Black Coffee
19. I Ain’t No Angel
20. You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma
21. Lefty, Merle and Me
22. If You’ve Got The Money (I’ve Got The Time)

When I was asked to review “Lefty Fest” I was extremely excited being that I’m a huge fan of “Real Country” music and of Lefty Frizzell. If You’ve Got The Money (I’ve Got The Time) still is one of my favorite songs and honestly one that I know all the words to. In my opinion he was one of the singers that saved Honky Tonk by making it smoother and easier to understand. Unfortunately, Lefty died way to young due to alcoholism.
Lefty and Friends was recorded live during the first “Lefty Fest” and features a lot of songs I know you will recognize. The album features several artists from David and Allen Frizzell to Paulette Carlson, Marty Haggard, Lacy J. Dalton and Sarah Patrick. However, this album is very disappointing and quite honestly difficult to listen to at times. Many of the songs are off key, scratchy and at times a large vocal stretch. While many of the artist on this album are very well respected on their own, this album never need to be made. The album is a test of patience from beginning to end with only a one respite of enjoyment by Sarah Patrick on I Ain’t No Angel.
While the album was intended to be a tribute to the music and talent of Lefty Frizell it honestly pays no respects to him or his legacy of Country Music. I give this album 1 out of 5 stars and that star is for Sarah Patrick.

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