CD Review: Kylie Austin – When It Rains – by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show


When It Rains

It Rains – Bridle Hanging On The Wall – Heads Carolina Tails California
– Til I Make It On My Own – Blue Moon Of Kentucky – Unchained Melody –
Sin Wagon – There You Are – If This Is Love – Ghost Riders Melody

are two wonderful women in New Zealand who made it possible for me and
my wife Sheila to go to this beautiful country and perform our
Smithsonian Institution music.  Anne George is one of the best promoters
of traditional and classic country music in New Zealand.  She ‘created’
the Marton Festival of Country Music which Sheila and I performed on
both years we were on tour there.  Anne is also a gifted country singer
as well as a gifted promoter.  Ginny Peters, RCA recording artist and
songwriter supreme is one of New Zealand’s most famous country
composers, singers, and recording artists.  Her incredible ‘love’ for
the music and the folks that make it is astonishing.  This is an
introduction to another wonderful woman who sings and records country
music in New Zealand.  Kylie Austin is a super lover of the ‘real’ deal,
including the steel guitar which really makes her honky-tonk sounding
country really really good.  She has selected a magnificent set of songs
to display her incredibly good country voice.  Don’t have a listing of
these great musicians who are very comfortable working in a studio. 
They know the ‘just right places’ to emphasize Kylie’s super good
country voice.  The ins and outs of the embellishments is very well
done.  It shows the devotion of the musicians to do a really good job,
and indeed they do that on this recording.  I even liked the (sounded
like) Hammond Organ on “Heads Carolina Tails California” a super way to
bring two distinctly different life styles together, much like this
particular song which is basically doing something ‘together’ doesn’t
make any difference where it’s at, having fun, making music, doing it
together.  That very same feeling my wife and I enjoyed our two seasons
in New Zealand, one of the most beautiful countries on planet earth. 
Kylie is also very beautiful and so is her voice.  I really like this
CD.  She sent me two, so I’ll review the other one as the summer wears
on.  Kylie is already committed to be with us at our 44th Annual
National ‘Real’ Country Festival, October 3-4-5-6, at our new venue, the
Christensen Field House in Fremont, Nebraska, to accept a Hall of Fame
induction as nominated by Anne George.  You will hear some incredibly
good ‘fiddle’ music on “Til I Make It On My Own.”  It’s not exactly the
way Bill Monroe would do “Blue Moon of Kentucky” but when you hear a
really good voice like Kylie’s begin the entire first verse acapella,
you know it’s got to be good.  It’s sort of ‘honky-tonk’ for lack of a
better observation.  I believe I like “Unchained Melody” best, probably
because she has such good control of her voice, and because she is
believable when she sings it.  This fascinating artist, already on her
way to our festival in October, is likely to receive more than a Hall of
Fame induction.  Keep tuned for the answer.
– RECORD REVIEW BY Bob Everhart, Pres., National Traditional Country
Music Association for Country Music News International

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