CD: DON JOY & MELANIE LYNN A Tribute to Wade Jackson


A Tribute to Wade Jackson
Take Me With You – Please Be Mine – Don’t Be
Angry – I’ll Take You Back – Dying Laughing – Daddy’s Baby Girl – Wild
Wild Wind – Grand Old Opry In Heaven – Red Roses Blooming Back Home –
Room #10
Whew, traditional and classic country is on my menu today,
thank you.  Don Joy and Melanie Lynn are true country artists from
Missouri.  They have been cutting a wide swath across the upper Midwest,
performing wherever their music road takes them, including the
recording studios in Nashville where they developed this incredibly good
album of songs written by Wade Jackson.  If you don’t know, Wade is the
older brother of Stonewall Jackson, and is the composer of the
incredibly popular song “Don’t Be Angry,” a song I’ve heard many many
times throughout the upper Midwest, and certainly by this very talented
duo, Don & Melanie.  The best studio, the best studio musicians the
best engineering make this an incredible listenable CD.  Right on track
both vocally and instrumentally.  Wade Jackson is a legendary ‘real’
country music composer.  He is scheduled to join Don Joy and Melanie
Lynn for induction into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame,
Aug. 29-Sept 4 in Le Mars, Iowa, 2016.  Hosted by the National
Traditional Country Music Association, the Hall of Fame is located in
the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, Iowa. The trio will be joined by over
400 other musicians in the seven day event, performing for thousands of
fans of ‘real’ country music. Listening to Wade Jackson original songs
by a delightful duo is a ‘real’ country music pleasure.  There’s lots of
‘real’ country artists in the rural areas of America today who will
have nothing to do with the so-called country sound heard on the top-40
charts, which should be properly named ‘pop’ since there is so little
‘real’ country music in it.  Don and Melanie were some of the
highlighted talent appearing on the recent 19th Annual Wahoo Country
Music Show in Wahoo, Nebraska, where Hank Williams Sr., did a concert in
the high school auditorium in 1951.  Don & Joy takes us back to
that 1951 style of country music, the most soulful and tearfully sincere
music we’ve ever had in America. It is such a pleasure to listen to the
works of sincere artists performing the music they love, adore, and
revive.  Even the old Red Sovine style of talk-music is on this one in
“Daddy’s Baby Girl.”  It is so creative and credible.  Don Joy does a
marvelous job ‘telling the story,’ just as Wade Jackson would like it. 
Lynn takes the reins of lead vocalist on “Grand Ole Opry In Heaven,” a
great story about the Opry stars that are already up in heaven, and so
few yet remain for us below here on planet earth.  Don closes the album
with a great version of “Room #10” which has a touch of the Bill
Anderson style.  Great country music coming to us from Missouri, keep it
up Don and Lynn.  This album will of course go directly to the Rural
Roots Music Commission for their appraisal.
for Country Music News International

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