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CD: ANNETTE & KIM – Something Between Us

ANNETTE & KIM –
Something Between Us

 

I Heard The Bluebird Sing – Who’s Laughing
Now – Something Between Us – My Elusive Dreams – Be My Reason – Goin’
Gone – Wake Up And Smell The Whiskey – Cryin’ In The Rain – Cool Water –
Have You Ever Been Lonely – Not Too Much To Ask – Chattahoochee – I Can
Sleep When I’m Dead
 
It is a rare opportunity to hear America’s old-time country
music songs done well, and extremely rare to hear them done well by
artists from outside the USA.  Annette Hawkins and Kim Copedo are from
New Zealand, and this album of super good country songs are super well
done by this duo whose voices blend so well you’d think they were not
only raised on a farm in Iowa, they were super-stars from Nashville that
really know what ‘country’ music is.  What a pleasant experience to
hear songs done so well ‘away’ from the discouraging make-believe sounds
of Nashville these days.  Tom Petty is a famous rock and roller, and
very recently when asked what he thought of today’s country music, he
said, “it’s really really bad rock and roll with a fiddle.”  What a
treat to hear ‘real’ country music from this wonderful duo who have been
making lots of commotion, and certainly lots of great country music in
New Zealand.  They are both on tap to be inducted into America’s Country
Music Hall of Fame at the annual convention of the National Traditional
Country Music Association in LeMars, Iowa this year.  It’s a long long
way from New Zealand for this couple to travel, but so do a lot of
‘fans’ of real-deal country music.  I expect folks to come from Canada,
Ireland, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and even Spain
this year.  Allen Karl from Maryland has an international radio show and
he’s coming with Donna Cunningham.  I’d sure like to get these two
couples together, not only for incredibly good vocal renditions of
‘real-deal’ country music, but also because they are all four world
travelers keeping America’s ‘real-deal’ country music alive on planet
earth everywhere they go.  Anyone can see what this album is all about
by simply looking at the list of great songs on it.  Not just
traditional country music, but the first song out of the chute is a
great old-time bluegrass song done by many of the best in that genre of
music.  This CD goes immediately to the Rural Roots Music Commission for
their consideration.  It is my sincere hope that Annette and Kim join
the likes of Mickey Gilley, Barbara Fairchild, and Lulu Roman in
receiving recognition for their incredibly sensitive recordings of
American ‘real-deal’ country music.
Bob Everhart – www.ntcma.net

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