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CD Review: LUANNE HUNT – The Heart Of It All / Songs From The Valley

LUANNE HUNT

The Heart Of It All / Songs From The Valley
Texas Tears – All I Ask Of
You – It’s Only A Paper Moon – Darcy  Farrow – So It Goes / Bluer Than
Bluegrass – A Song For Healing – The Hosts of Christmas Past – If I Love
You – Not A Day Goes By – The Last Of The Brave Ones – The Wandering
Soul

Right now as I review this album by
Luanne Hunt, I’m in California appreciating the rain.  Luanne Hunt is
also from California, and I would suspect she’s one of the best
‘country’ artists in this state.  The first song out of the chute, at
least if you are a cowboy is, “Texas Tears,” a super neat Texas style
honky-tonk song that really stands out.  Luanne is one of those
beautiful blondes that has a magnificent voice to go along with her
obviously strong desire to be a terrific recording artist.  And that she
is.  This album is studio recorded with some fine musicians, they all
stand out proficiently, though I have no info on who they are or what
they play.  I especially enjoyed the piano player on “It’s Only A Paper
Moon.”  Listen for some really good ‘fiddle’ on “Darcy Farrow”  super
good., and the acoustic picker really sets the song off.  It’s Luanne’s
very nice folk-country voice that brings the song to it’s fullest
appreciation.  We hear some more great fiddle music in “Bluer Than
Bluegrass” and again on “If I Love You” very effectively.  “Bluer Than
Bluegrass” is not bluegrass backing, but it sure is a nice traditional
country song done really well.  Luanne has made the trip back east to
visit us in the heartlands for CD of the Year awards.  I’ll have no
difficulty forwarding this very entertaining CD to the Rural Roots Music
Commission, the ‘country’ sound on this one is truly a lovely one to
listen to.  Luanne closes the album with either pan-pipes or a recorder
flute, absolutely lovely on “The Wandering Soul.”  Back up vocalists on
this one is especially well done.  I don’t know who all the musicians
are, but Luanne has a great ear for a good player, and she is also very
perceptive, especially if she is in the engineers booth when the mixing
is done.  She knows what she wants to hear, and she looks for the
‘little’ things, and makes them all better.  A lot of recording artists
let this be done entirely by someone else, but I firmly believe that
Luanne sees the project through all the way.  Good going Luanne.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President National Traditional Country Music Association www.music-savers.com for Country Music News International  

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