Another Day 3:28 Goodnight Loving
Trail 2:50 Rose of San Joaquin 2:57 Cowboy Life 3:21
Makes me Want to Dance 2:13 Just
Can’t See Him from the Road 3:10 All this Way for the Short Ride 2:35
Dust Bowl Days 4:11 Senora’s Death
Row 3:43 Coyotes 3:32 Poncho and Lefty 4:16 Buffalo Grass 3:49
“Another Day,” opens the album up
with an amazing acoustic riff. The chord progression and melody it lays atop
really caught me off guard. I had been hesitant to listen to this album, mainly
because of his name. I was wrong. His smooth vocals just meld with the jam
while the lyrics to this song were incredibly impressive. They bring you into
an old ‘western’ story and perfectly paint a picture to keep your ears
entertained. He is definitely a great lyricist and this song only made me want
to keep listening and give this album the attention it deserves.
The song, “Rose of San Joaquin,”
really piqued my interest. It starts out with a banjo that really sets the
desert mood. It has a strong bassline with at least two overlaid banjo tracks. Just listening to the
banjos and bass, you can almost visualize the cacti and tumbleweeds that roll
on by. The vocals that kick-in lyrically almost place you on the Mexican
border. So far, Donnie Poindexter’s voice really adapts to each track placing
you in the story that each song portrays.
“Dust Bowl Days,” is a track that
really focuses on the lyrics. The guitar is a very simple riff, almost a very
basic melody. But this track really displays the lyrical ability of Donnie. It
also shows off the ‘western’ or prairie sound. It takes you out into the
dustbowl with the whipping wind.
The final song on this album,
“Buffalo Grass,” I was interested in just to find out the meaning of it. This
is the kind of song you can just picture sitting out on the prairie at a nice
fire under the stars. It almost makes you feel like you are there just sitting
there with him in a personal setting where he is telling you about the buffalo
and how he used to venture out just to feel the peace away from the big city.
Now, I can understand why this album
was up for so many awards. The production, the vocals, the lyrics, the guitar,
the banjo and the fact that each song brings you to a different place.
If a picture’s worth a thousand words,
then this album is worth a thousand pictures.
Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show