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CD Review: Doreen Brown – Should I Cross The Line – by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

DOREEN BROWN

Should I Cross The Line

I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby –
Newwfoundland Memories – Thank You Mister DJ – Country Music Will Live
On – Blue Mountain Love – Should I Cross The Line – It Wasn’t God Who
Made Honky Tonk Angels – Are You Teasing Me – Watch Over The Children –
The Lights Are Growing Dim – Heartaches By The Number – I’m Just Not
That Kind – Ashes Of Love, Unending Love

I received this delightful ‘real’ country CD from
my friend Michael T. Wall who is a great promoter of Newfoundland in
Canada.  Doreen Brown lives in Ontario, and she has a remarkable
selection of great traditional country songs.  She opens with “I Don’t
Believe You’ve Met My Baby” a super terrific song by Jim & Jesse
McReynolds of the Grand Ole Opry. Doreen has a characterized country
voice, easily identifiable and right on the mark.  As you can see from
the list of country songs she’s doing on this release, it’s all very
traditional and even old-time country music at it’s very best.  This is
the kind of country music I like to listen to, and the session musicians
are just terrific.  There’s quite a few of them, but they need to be
known: Al Brisco on steel (especially nice on “Country Music Will Live
On.”) – Joe Howe, lead guitar – John Maydam, drums – Bill Johnson, piano
– Paul Wasson, bass – Dan McGraw, fiddle (very nice on ‘Blue Mountain
Love”) – Ray Penny, banjo – Ches Senior, accordion – Doug Deveaux,
rhythm guitar.  A super good session group, they are right on with every
song.  Chet Adams is the producer, and he sure did a nice job getting
the exact sound he was looking for. Very well done.  What a pleasant
up-tempo kind of CD that really swings.  Doreen has been very active on
the traditional country music scene in Canada, she’s a very present
entertainer helping out at benefits, jamborees, fiddle clubs, barn
dances, fall fairs, and wherever she gets a chance to perform.  She’s
also a journalist for several Canadian county music magazines, but she
excels in presenting her very own ‘style’ of country music, and it’s
neat, it’s fun, it’s ‘real.’  I’ll be passing this excellent CD along to
the Rural Roots Music Commission for their perusal for this year’s CD
of the Year awards.  I still have time to get it to them, and in
Doreen’s words… “This recording reflects my deep appreciation for
country music, which comes from the heart.”  Boy she sure has that
right, take a listen for yourself, you’ll find the ‘real deal’ here in a
world that doesn’t even know what ‘real’ country music is.

RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, National Traditional Country Music Assn., www.music-savers.com for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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One Response

  1. Hi Bob:

    It is with deep appreciation for what you do for Country Music and, in this instance, your heartfelt thanks for your support of all artists and myself; there are so many aspects to our Country Music and without wonderful folks, like yourself, to be there for us, there would not be the recognition; it has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember and as child, my uncle Percy came from the West and was always singing Country Music; he was always very special to me and also my parents liked our music.

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