CD Review: Buddy Jewel – Bluebonnet Highway
by Denise Labrie for Country Music News International
I’m A Ramblin Man 3:19
Help Pour Out The Rain 3:46
Teardrop In The Gulf of Mexico 3:15
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 3:18
Truck Driving Man 2:22
Hero In Harlan 3:55
Georgia On A Fast Train 2:43
Sweet Southern Comfort 3:44
Bluebonnet Highway 3:42
Willie Gave Up Weed 3:20
My First Taste of Texas 3:55
Life Don’t Have To Mean Nothing At All 2:38
Hillbilly Water 3:24
You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had 3:12
Can’t Stop Now 3:15
It’s a cold wintry day and I feel like eating a hot steaming bowl of Louisiana Gumbo. I start chopping up the “trinity” (onions, bell pepper and celery) and adding all the ingredients: a dark roux, shrimp, crabs, and smoked sausage to cook down into a flavorful pot of Gumbo.
I love to listen to some good music while cooking. I put on Buddy Jewels’ CD Bluebonnet Highway and wow I am blown away by some awesome southern country songs. This CD is a fine combination of the “trinity” of great songs: lyrics, vocals and music. The added ingredients: banjo, fiddle, background vocals all come together to add the flavor to the songs. Come along with me on this journey and let Bluebonnet Highway warm your heart and soul.
I’m A Ramblin Man
Staring out with a great banjo intro. Let this be a warning to all the women, “Don’t give your heart to a ramblin’ man. I did not want those smooth harmonies and chords to stop. The chorus tells me look out, be careful and “don’t mess around with any ol’ ramblin’ man.”
Help Pour Out The Rain
This song has a beautiful fiddle opening with several accompaniments and solos. “When we get to heaven can I taste the milky way.” I love all of the heartfelt lyrics in this song. The vocals and harmonies are beautiful. I was so touched and moved by this song that I had to listen to it several times before moving on.
Hero In Harlan
A great tribute to all fallen soldiers. “A flag for a son” Buddy delivers a personal note on this song to tell the story of a true hero. This song takes me to Harlan, Kentucky. I believe that there are many heroes who left a simple life to lay down their life in the battle for freedom.
Georgia On A Fast Train
Banjo and fiddle drives the fast train in this song. The lyrics and backgound vocals keeps it all on track. This song made me tap my toes and want to get up on that dance floor to do some country dancin’.
A nice intro sets up the song for taking a trip down the highway. Buddy’s vocals took me on a good ol’ countryside ride. I see what he sees along the highway. I feel what he feels about letting go. It makes me want to focus on a destination that leads to happier times.
Willie Gave Up Weed
Love the old western slowed down vibe to the beginning of this song followed by the faster rhythm. These clever lyrics will have you following along and laughing out loud. I want to listen to this one over and over again and share it with others just to watch them smile.
Life Don’t Have to Mean Nothing At All
The lyrics tell you all that you want to know. I found Buddy’s message in this song to be funny but true. “Try to be good to one another,” if we all followed this rule what a great place this world would be.
I found the banjo and fiddle equally pleasing to listen to. The lyrics are wonderfully written and took me from heart touching sentiments to cleverly written laugh out loud humor. For me listening to the CD made cooking a very easy going experience. Always keep your eye on the prize because we are all headed to that day where we hope to get the chance to “taste the milky way…and help pour out the rain.” Buddy Jewel will be my go to artist for great country music.
Reporting for Country Music News International