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Crazy Lonesome Blue


Tittered and Tattered – Crazy Lonesome Blue –
Hard Way to Lose – Date With the Devil – Heart of a Fool – Urban
Pioneer – Nothing’s Wrong (But There Sure Ain’t Nothing Right) – He’s
Singing the Blues – Must Have Gotten Drunk – Rock Bottom – Five Foot
Two, Eyes of Blue/Roly Poly – My Loving Arms – Blue Moon Baby
The very first instrument that shocked me into listening
intently to this CD is the fiddle player, Liz Sloan.  This rockabilly
band is excellent, but they also have a Hank Williams Sr., kick to them
that makes them almost hillbilly in nature, style, and music.  Recorded
at the Log Cabin Studios in Leesburg, Virginia, I noted right off the
bat how excellent the taping and mix is.  Les Thompson, I’m sure, played
a major role in engineering and mixing this CD.  If you don’t remember
Mr. Thompson, he was the original lead singer for the Nitty Gritty Dirt
Band.  The motivating force on this CD is Danny Kay.  He has the voice,
the acoustic rhythm guitar, and the drive behind recording it the way he
wanted it to sound.  I’m so glad he did, the end result can stand up to
anything on the market today coming from a major label.  Danny is no
doubt finding some air play on Americana style stations, but in my
opinion, he’d do well on any rock station looking for something unique,
on any country station looking for something unique, on any hillbilly
station looking for something unique, or any pop station looking for
something unique.  Does this make Danny a wide spreading crossover
artist?  No it doesn’t, it means he would do better on any of those
stations than anything they are playing today.  He also
contributed eight original compositions to the project.  All of them fit
right in to the overall concept, and happily they don’t sound ‘alike’
as many original artists do when the record their projects.  Zach Sweeny
is the super good electric lead guitar picker (as well as banjo on Moon
Baby); and Dustin Delage does much of the drum work.  Mark Whiskey
added some backing vocals, so the entire project is pretty much a
standard, but a very good, version of early very popular country music
before it turned into that devious electronic digitalized vocal perfect
monster it has become.  This CD is a monster too, but one of the good
ones especially with Liz Sloan’s fiddle.  Off it goes to the Rural Roots
Music Commission for CD of the Year award.  If I was Danny Kay I would
be looking at 2015 dates next year, and a possible trip to Fremont,
Nebraska, around October 2-3-4 for a possible appearance at the
Christensen Field House for one of those ‘you know it might happen’
events.  Keep it up Danny, super good job well done all the way around. 
I liked the intro to ‘Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue’ very interesting.
Review by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

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