CD: RANDY BARLOW – Dimensions


Love Dies Hard – Dixie Man – Never Loved Me A
Woman – New York City – Willow Run – Sweet Dreams Man – Why Go
Searching – Don’t Give Up On Me – Can’t Believe I Fell For That Line –
Tucson, Mama & Home
You might remember Randy Barlow.  He was in the big-time
some years ago (1976-1983), and then drifted away from the mainstream. 
He appeared at the LeMars Iowa Festival of Country Music in 2015 for
induction into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  He’s
aged, like all of us, but for those of us who still remember, this album
“Dimensions,” it’s a real winner.  It actually came out in 1981, but
Randy gave me a copy at the LeMars festival, and here it is now in my
‘record review’ box.  Wow, this single CD makes country music artists of
today look like spoiled-babies.  Randy never left the ‘soul’ out of his
country music, which so-called country artists today have unfortunately
done.  Listening to Randy’s powerful voice, especially on a song like
“New York City Cowboys” one wonders at his incredible use of
steel-guitar and fiddles, and also at the same time, wonder why
so-called country music artists today abhor that same sound.  Randy
Barlow is not afraid to be called ‘country’ but in today’s climate I
don’t believe I would call him country.  He’s much much more than that
by today’s genre standards.  I would call him ‘Gold Country’ for he
certainly has that in his voice, still.  His love songs are
extraordinary, and I’m sure attracts a lot of female fans to his side. 
His biggest hit, you might remember was “24 Hours From Tulsa.”  However
he was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.  I can see no reason why
Randy Barlow shouldn’t team up with Bobby Bare and put some of these
authentic songs out for those fans of ‘real’ country music that are
looking for the music of both of these fine artists.  This album
“Dimensions” was produced by Fred Kelly, the composer of the first song
“Love Dies Hard,” and indeed, just as Randy makes it so believable, true
love does die hard.  Randy contributed four of his own compositions to
this very attractive CD.  I would hope that he continues his efforts in
keeping country music in his style alive and well.  No one else is
Randy, so it’s up to you.  This CD goes to the Rural Roots Music
Commission for their listen, and I’m hopeful they will keep that simple
little descriptive term alive….”Gold Country”  “I want to go home, I
want to go home, oh how I want to go home.”  Hey Randy Barlow, Detroit
City never sounded so good.
for Country Music News International

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