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CD: CLIFFY SHORT – Just Plain Old Country


Just Plain Old Country
All Of A Sudden – The Next Voice You Hear –
Poor Man’s Riches – More And More – You Only Want Me When You’re Lonely –
Walkin’ The Dog – Long Lonely Day – Shackles and Chains – I Hope
Tomorrow Never Comes – When Someone You Love Doesn’t Love You – Ray’s
Roadhouse Tavern – Conscience Keeper Of My Heart – Sedona Arizona
As a long time record reviewer, home-stated in Iowa, and
listening to a great deal of traditional and classic country music, it
is a constant surprise to me to hear that very music coming out of
Canada….so well done.  This ‘so well done’ goes to a terrific classic
country singer, Cliffy Short who makes his home in Ontario.  This
particular project was done in memory of his lovely wife Norma, and what
a project it is.  Recorded at Owen Sound and engineered by Todd Nolan,
this is a super good recording of ‘real’ country music.  Mel Aucoin on
piano and bass; Todd Nolan on drums and back up vocals; Bob Lucifer on
the very necessary and very good steel guitar and Dobro; J. K. Gulley on
lead guitar, mandolin and rhythm guitar; and Tyler & Linsey Beckett
on fiddles. Christie Aucoin helps on back up vocals.  Wow, what a neat
line-up.  This is classic country (with a little western swing and Cajun
thrown in for dancing), with a just right voice to put it over.  It’s
kind of like stepping back in time to listen to country music when
country music was country music.  This is so different from today’s
‘failed imitation’ of country music.  It’s all here, and even though we
received this CD from Newfoundland promoter Michael T. Wall a little
late, we are still pushing it ahead to the Rural Roots Music Commission
for “Traditional Classic Country Music CD of the Year.”  Cliffy Stone
has stayed ‘true’ to what country music is all about, and his ‘roots’
are definitely where he came from, and so painfully missing in today’s
‘so-called’ country music we hear on radio now.  This is the
best ‘country’ I’ve heard this year.
Bob Everhart – Record Reviewer – www.ntcma.net

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