CD Review: JAN SCHIFERL – The Game Horse


The Game Horse

Lovenworth – Red River Valley – Roseville
Fair – Game Horse – Wildwood Flower – I Still Miss Someone – Plain and
Simple – I’m Blue – Cowboy’s Sweetheart – Where Heaven is Close

My theory about ‘real’ country music, “that there are
better musicians, better vocalists, and better songwriters in the upper
Midwest of America than anything coming out of Nashville, or any of the
other American closed-door music business’s doing recordings these days”
is totally justifiable with this incredibly new CD by Nebraska rancher
Jan Schifert.  The ‘ability’ of a studio these days is to record these
kind of artists with the same efficiency and proficiency any other
studio in America can do.  The electronics of the age is everywhere now,
not just large expensive studios in large urban areas.  Jan Schifert
has that ‘just right’ voice to make her songs sound like hers.  I mean
all the way, from the ‘Red River Valley’ to ‘Game Horse’ which is one of
her originals.  I’m always keen on good acoustic instruments, it’s a
direct relationship between the artist and the instrument, and the slide
guitar (Dobro) is excellent on this project. That would be Dalton
Coffey who also plays mandolin and guitar.  He’s also the engineer who
mixed and mastered this project, completely well done, with a super good
ear.  Joining him is Boyd Bristow on guitar and backup vocals, Don
Saxton on steel guitar (outstanding on “I Still Miss Someone” as is
Dalton’s mandolin), Kenny Putnam on fiddle (another of the traditional
country instruments exceedingly well done), Guy Larson on banjo, and Al
Slaathaug on bass.  All of the musicians on this project are extremely
talented.  Jan Schifert is also a gifted vocalist.  She picked a nice
group of songs that take us back to the precious time when country music
was ‘country’ and she adds three very meaningful originals to stake her
own claim on the right of expression and pursue a cause with energy,
wit, talent, and devotion.  Enjoying the little blessing of life, and
the opportunity to praise the Lord Jesus Christ, is one of her many
blessings.  I can tell you from personal experience that Kenny Putnam’s
fiddle on “Cowboy’s Sweetheart” is exactly the way Patsy Montana would
like it.  Being a very close friend of Patsy’s, doing many many shows
with her, I also know she would love Jan’s vocal version of her great
first-female written and recorded million selling song.  The ‘yodel’ is
just right too! What a nice brush with ‘real country’ entertainment I’ve
had this morning, off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission for
possible CD of the Year honors.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART – Pres., National Traditional Music Assn.  for Country Music News International

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