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Freedom To Love


Truck Drivin’ Man – Kiss an Angel Good
Morning – Indpendence Day – I Walk The Line – The Wall – The Fightin’
Side Of Me – I’m So Afraid Of Losing You Again – Folsum Prison Blues –
Snow In His Hair – Silver Wings
This is the kind of music that I learned to like
immensely.  It was only after I started recording for the Smithsonian
Institution that I began to research, perform, and record America’s more
traditional acoustic music, however that did not dampen my affection
for this kind of country music.  This is a good example of when country
music was still labeled ‘country’ and it was ‘country.’  Not long after
this selection of songs was recorded and made it to the top of the
charts, the music started changing considerably with the influx of huge
wealth and untalented singers pretending to be country.  Every one of
the songs listed here are typical of that last dying breath of ‘real’
country.  Gary Van Patten spends a good amount of his time in Weslaco,
Texas, but he’s an Iowan at heart and I believe he lives in two
locations in Iowa, one in Cherokee and one in What Cheer.  If he’s in
What Cheer I sincerely hope he is part of the country group there that
performs in that wonderful opera house.  The acoustics in that
particular venue is about the best that I’ve ever heard anywhere, and I
especially enjoyed playing acoustic music there without amplification. 
Gary recorded this neat CD in Texas at the King Studio in Monte Alto,
Texas.  He utilized the very nice talent of Jim King on lead and bass
guitar.  Sonny King was percussion.  He did this entire project in
memory of all Veterans, so thank you Gary very much for that.  I can’t
find much to criticize here, mostly because I love all these songs. 
There’s an occasional spot where Gary is changing chords that he
struggles a bit to hit the right note, but he covers extremely well, so
that’s not even a legitimate negative.  Keep up the good work Gary, we
don’t have nearly enough performers and recording artists like you
keeping America’s real traditional and classic country music alive. 
Thank you!
Gar Van Patten, 1956 500th St., Cherokee, Ia 51012 or 706 W Washington, What Cheer Ia 50268  sandyvanpatten@iowatelecom.net
Review by Bob Everhart, NTCMA www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

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