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CD: DONNA CUNNINGHAM – My Kind Of Country

DONNA CUNNINGHAM

My Kind Of Country
Gone For Good – Better Days To Cry – Arms Of
A Stranger – Don’t Tell Me That You’re Gone – A Satisfied Me – Walkin’
On The Blue Side – Kickin’ Up Dust – Rock-a-Bye True Love – Keep It To
Yourself – What A Heart Will Do For Love – Beer Bottle Brown – Made in
Texas – Read My Lips – Mirror In My Mind – Regimen
 
Donna Cunningham is one of those monstrously good country
singers that never took the road that contemporary country music has
taken, actually a kind of road of near self destruction for real country
music.  Rather, Donna focuses her direction on doing some incredibly
good ‘real’ country music songs that tell a story.  Not over produced,
and most important of all, sincere.  Her voice is remarkably much better
than the studio-perfected voices of some of today’s so called ‘country’
artists.  Personally I’d much rather hear a vocalist sing from her
‘gut’ than listen to someone who is only para-phrasing something that
has already been done before them, done so much better.  That’s kind of
Donna Cunningham’s objective, to NOT sound like someone else, putting it
simply just being one’s own self.  That was the secret of all the great
female country artists of the past, and unfortunately not recognizable
in today’s USA ‘chart’ female artists.  The first song on this CD is a
nice recognizable “Gone For Good” and it’s easy to see why it wound up
as track number one.  Donna’s voice is perfect for this song, which is a
nice country blues interpretation with an incredible harmonica player
floating in the background.  What a treat!  Recorded at various
locations, none of them Nashville, probably accounts for the
individuality of this project, which is missing in most Nashville
productions these days.  I’m sure there are a number of artists that pay
tons of money to get a ‘hit’ recorded in Nashville.  That doesn’t
necessarily mean it’s going to happen.  If I were a gambler, I’d put
some money on this filly, Donna Cunningham, who is way ahead of the so
called other runners.  A thoroughbred just can’t be beaten, so I’m
thinking my money is safe on this bet.  Donna records for Century II
Records, who rather than spend tons of money on ‘maybe’s in the charts
of America, has instead given her music over to Europe, especially in
places like England, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, France, and
all those other countries that still have a deep appreciation for what
country music should really sound like.  At these locations, she is a
chart topper everywhere a chart appears in Europe.  What does this say
about America?  Simple isn’t it, all you have to do is think about it a
little bit, you’ll be able to figure the answer out yourself quite
easily.  This entire CD is just plumb full of incredibly well produced
songs, with the focus on a voice that can treat each song with respect
and talent.  The harmonica appears every once in awhile, and it’s a
perfect ‘effect’ behind Donna’s perfect voice.  Off to the Rural Roots
Music Commission this lovely CD goes, still time for this year’s award
nominations.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., NTCMA – www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International

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