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CD: BUTCH HEATH – Yesterday’s Country


BUTCH HEATH

Yesterday’s Country
If I Ever Need A Lady – I
Never Go Around Mirrors – A-11Swingin’ Doors – Lonesome 77203 – The
Other Woman – My Heart Skips A Beat – Together Again – Legend In My Time
– Old Man From The Mountain
 
Butch Heath was just in Iowa a few weeks ago to accept an
induction into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, much to
the delight of the audience who heard him sing in LeMars, Iowa.  From
Saginaw, Michigan, a town well known in country music lyrics, Butch is a
well rounded and very popular singer of classic and traditional country
music.  He’s got a terrific voice for this style of country music, and
according to Bobby Randall a top musician and producer in Nashville who
put his magic touch on this delightful album of ‘real’ country music,
“If not for Butch I probably would of never moved to Nashville.”  This
entire album will take you right back to the country music that so
deservedly earns the word ‘country’ on it’s description, so very unlike
the so-called country music of today.  What a pity the artists that have
revoltingly turned this incredibly lovely musical genre into a heap of
nothingness.  Butch Heath takes us right back to the path we should be
on in real country music.  Instrumentation is exceptional on this
project and the mix is just right, couldn’t be better.  The ‘expression’
coming from these musicians backing Butch is obvious as they ‘hear’
what country music should really sound like.  The dedication comes in
several forms on this excellent CD.  Butch reaches back to ‘cover’ some
of his favorite artists like Claude King, Hank Cochran, Merle Haggard,
Buck Owens, and Justin Tubb.  The ‘selections’ prove beyond a doubt that
Butch is not afraid to dip his toe into the water of creativity by
doing songs by these same artists that were not huge and monstrous
hits.  His rendition of Don Gibson’s “Legend In My Time” is recorded
with unsurpassable passion.  Just right.  He closes with Haggard’s
up-tempo “Old Man From The Mountain” taking us right back to the early
impressions of old-time country.  Super terrific CD, and off it goes to
the Rural Roots Music Commission to see their appraisal.  Good luck to
Butch Heath in all his endeavors in the real-deal country music world.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART – www.ntcma.net    
for Country Music News International

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