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CD: Half Way To Texas

Half Way To Texas

Same Old Solution – Thinking About Changing
My Mind – You Must Be An Angel – How Long – Crossroads – She Never Got
Me Over You – Halfway To Texas – Love Without End – Get On With Movin’
On – Blue Must Be The Color Of The Blues
 
WOW, some of the music coming from our upper Midwest young
artists is absolutely astonishing.  This young guy, Tommy Buller, who
makes his home in Nashville, is directly from our area around Omaha,
Nebraska  He went to Nashville with a dream in his heart quite a few
years ago, and at last he’s got a CD out that is stunningly good.  Hey,
Vince Gill is singing on this incredible work of art , how can it
possibly not be good.  With music written, not only by Buller himself,
but in cahoots with another upper Midwesterner, Bart Hansen. Tommy
Buller is composer or co-composer on no less then four of these great
songs.  The other original songs are the works of Keith Whitley, Hank
Cochran, George Jones, and A J Yuill.  (Could this possibly be Tony
Yuill, another young friend of mine from Illinois?).  Tommy Buller has
managed to keep ‘country’ in his voice, he’s very much like a young Hank
Williams without the nasal, but with all the soul.  What’s nice about
this album, the music is also STILL real country without hurting
anything on the charts today, except be better than it.  Tommy Buller
has never been too good at walking no line.  He’s very distinctive, very
soul inspired, very incredibly listenable to everything he’s recorded
on this album.  “How Long” reflects the incredible ‘blues’ style Tommy
is so very good at playing, and STILL his voice contains that absolutely
beautiful rural music that is becoming the only real country music
left in America today.  Throughout this project Tommy plays acoustic
guitar and sings all the lead vocals (with a little help from Vince Gill
of course).  Mike Fried is on steel, 12-string, and Dobro  (excellent
musician).  Rande Hall is on bass guitar.  Lillie Mae Rische is on
fiddle, and Brad and Amy Buller help on the vocals. Tommy Buller and his
son Brad were just the major attraction at one of the upper Midwest’s
authentic country music festivals in Wahoo, Nebraska.  “Halfway To
Texas” composed by Buller and John Northrope, is a fine piece of work.
The sentimentality of Tommy’s voice is a sure sign of ‘living’ the
song.  No wonder it is the ‘name’ of this album.  It is full of love and
lost love, country music’s reality.  Well, country music of the
past coming from the great plains and prairie lands, not the country
music of today or the concrete canyons of New York City.  Tommy Buller
is much too country to have much to do with the imitation country we are
forced to listen to simply because some record company president
doesn’t know what the word ‘rural’ even means.  I’m turning my so-called
country radio station off.  I’m just going to listen to Tommy Buller
until I get totally full of the real-deal.  Young son Brad Buller is
following in dad’s footsteps on “Love Without End.” This boy is not very
old, around ten or so, but he’s already ‘feeling’ what real rural music
is all about.  It’s about honesty, it’s about reality, it’s about love,
it’s about love lost, it’s about soul, it’s about life in the country,
it’s about eternity.  All of this is in this CD by Tommy Buller.  PLEASE
you record company president, wherever you are, whoever you are, let
this ‘real’ country guy get a chance to do something for you.  Let him
get the best studio engineers available to SHOW you what real country
music is.  Let him be your next star!  I already know what the Rural
Roots Music Commission is going to say about this wonderful piece of
work.  Stay tuned, stay connected to the real deal.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., NTCMA – www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International

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