CD Review: Peter Trenholm Sings Merle Haggard – by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show


Sings Merle Haggard

My Friends Are Going To Be
Strangers – Shelly’s Winter Love – High On A Hilltop – Holding Things
Together – Someone Told My Story In A Song – Branded Man – Sing Me Back
Home – Today I Started Loving you Again – The Way It Was In 51 – It’s
Not Love But It’s Not Bad – Somewhere Between – Love & Honor – Sing A
Sad Song – I Wonder If They Ever Think Of Me – Big City – The Farmer’s
Daughter – The Fugitive – I Never Go Around Mirrors – If We Make It
Through December – Jesus Take A Hold

Peter Trenholm is one of
those guys who refuses to let ‘traditional’ or ‘classic’ country music
die.  He has several ways that he keeps it intact.  One of the things he
does is a radio show that is incredibly popular, I believe broadcast
from Nova Scotia. I received this album from Michael T Wall, who is a
great Newfoundland promoter, but he too like Peter Trenholm are
fanatical promoters of the original sound of country music that made it
so popular in the first place.  This album by Peter is a very nice
dedication memorial to one of his heroes, Merle Haggard.  One of the
things that Peter especially likes is the unique twang sound of a Fender
Telecaster guitar.  He picks his way through this enjoyable album,
perhaps not as efficiently as Merle, but certainly there with all the
love and admiration that he so admires.  There’s a total of 20 songs on
this memorable album.  Peter must have spent a lot of time in the studio
putting this all together.  I’m sure he is playing the Fender guitar,
but he is also adding his own vocal harmony to some of the songs.  The
‘collection’ of Haggard songs is well representative of what made
Haggard such a popular country singer, and recording artist, in the
first place.  Another thing that Peter Trenholm keeps ‘traditional’
country music alive, is to write about it.  He does this on a regular
basis up in that far Northwest country of Canada.  I found one of the
quotes he made on his album very interesting….”Merle and his family
are followers of Jesus Christ, although in the music industry he was
never a follower, always a trend setter and breaking new ground for
artists that followed.  This ‘dedication’ album is well over an hour
long, and it’s not only fun to listen to, it’s full of that ‘feeling’
that Merle Haggard showed sometimes in his own vocalizing.  I believe
Peter had a fun time making this project, and I certainly wish him well
on his continuing love and support for the music he really loves. 
Giving him four big stars on this one.

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

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