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CD: LEX K – Well Traveled Road

Well Traveled Road
Namitjira’s Land – They Don’t Play My Kinda
Music – Walk Away – Down Memory Lane – Country Way of Life – I Like A
Little Boogie – Bushman’s TV – I Always Get The Blues – Well Traveled
Road – Sound of Soaking Rain – Tools Of My Trade – Thanks To A Few Good
Both Australia and New Zealand seem to have a very ‘close’
relationship with what we now term ‘real’ country music.  Very unlike
the Nashville sound today, Australia in particular seems to hold on to
the traditional sound of classic country music more than most locations
on planet earth.  For one thing, Lex K is a vocalist who isn’t afraid to
express his feelings, especially in a song like “They Don’t Play My
Kinda Music” with a line that specifically states….’they don’t play my
kind of country anymore,’ one of the ten original songs Lex has on this
very nice ‘country’ CD.  Lex is also not afraid to ‘talk about’ his own
memories of Australia, whether it be a geographical location like
Namitjira’s Land, or the lead song “Well Traveled Road,” which reminds
all of us that ‘rural’ is still alive and well in places other than
Nashville, Tennessee.  Lex works closely with Kross Kut Records, located
in Queensland.  I like the way Lex describes his own musical endeavors,
much better stated than I could do….”I write and record most of my
own songs and they are 99% bush ballads or traditional Australian
country.  I love writing and a lot of my songs relate to my life as a
man of the land.  I have been a cattle man all my life as my father
before me, so that kind of life and the songs I write are sort of in my
blood.”  Yes indeed, the very ‘nature’ of country music is in Lex’s
blood.  He’s not the next Kenny Rogers on the top of the hit parade as a
vocalist, but he definitely has a ‘hook’ on what country music is, what
it should be, and what it should continue to be, and he’s doing his
very best in his own Australian way to keep ‘real’ country music alive. 
He used some great instrumentation throughout this great CD: on guitar
Lindsay Waddington, Hugh Curtis, Jamie Davis, and himself, along with
Hugh Curtis and Lindsay Waddington on bass.  Add Neil Butler and Lindsay
on the drums, and on the steel/dobro/banjo/ harp none other than Lawrie
Minson.  Hugh Curtis is on fiddle and mandolin, and the piano and
keyboard additions were done by Tony Wagner.  A good job well done, I
hear the ‘compositions’ and ‘original music’ more than the voice, and I
must say, it’s all darn good.  This CD will find it’s way to the Rural
Roots Music Commission for some International Country CD recognition. 
for Country Music News International Magazine

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