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CD: GORDON WILCOX – Break The News


Break The News
Single Yellow Rose – Someday When Things Are
Good – High Lonesome – Two Hearts -But I Will – Break The News But
Break It Gently – Lived To Tell It All – It’s Four In The Morning – I’m
Making Plans – Jesus Don’t Turn Me Away
Gordon Wilcox, who lives in Canada, is one of my favorite
singers of traditional and classic country music.  He has never failed
to record an excellent session, and here’s another.  He goes down to
Nashville when he’s ready to do another one, and uses the studios and
engineering abilities of Gene Breeden., who knows how to mix, master,
and let Gordon do his best.  Unlike country singers of today many of
which you cannot even tell apart, Gordon Wilcox has his own voice, and
he uses it brilliantly.  He refuses to bend to the sound-alike
samey-samey sound of contemporary country music, which shouldn’t even
use the word ‘country’ to describe what they do, because they don’t. 
Imagine a male Kitty Wells, and you can get pretty close to this
magnificent and very identifiable voice of Gordon Wilcox.  You
can experience it, and hear it, in the studio as he puts his mind and
his voice to the task of doing it the very best he can, and it’s
superior to any song you hear today called ‘country’.  The musicians
WANT to back Gordon, and they do.  This project has just a touch of Hank
Williams Sr., in the backing, but not too much, it’s just right for
Gordon.  I’m going to just keep saying this until the day I die.  IF
country music had not taken the route of corporate-greed, it would sound
much different today, and it would include superstar Gordon Wilcox in
its offerings. On this CD, Gordon does the song “High Lonesome” for a
couple of reasons.  One, because it’s a tremendously good song done in
his style, and secondly because his daughter died of cancer in the year
2012, and this particular song surely does reveal how Gordon feels about
all that.  This one is off to the Rural Roots Music Commission, and
although the music industry of today can’t hear Gordon Wilcox, I’m
pretty sure the RRMC can.
Bob Everhart – www.ntcma.net

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