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CD Review: RON DUPUY – Songs I Wrote


Songs I Wrote
Ain’t Gonna Do It No More – Never The Hammer –
Can’t Write A Country Song – I’d Like To Play More Bluegrass – Don’t
Turn Around – God Answers Every Prayer – Guess You Changed Your Mind –
Blue Grass In Heaven – Living Together Alone – Chicken Inn Song – Nobody
Likes My Kind Of Music – Those Old Gospel Songs

Dupuy is a Creston, Iowa writer of great country songs.  One of the
best country songs on this album of all ‘originals’ is “Can’t Write A
Co,untry Song.”  It sure is a great picture of what’s happening today in
commercial county music. Ron is also a great vocalist, his voice is
just right for the songs he is writing and recording.  He learned to
sing from his mother and four sisters.  They taught him well.  His voice
sounds much younger than he actually is, which makes my observations in
the business of country music still true.  Even if you are an older
performer, picker, vocalist, or writer, there has always been a ‘place’
in country music for you, an open door.  Today that isn’t quite true,
especially in Nashville where it is a closed door society now.  Not so
in our upper Midwest.  We see Ron performing quite frequently, and his
talent is apparent in this great CD.  Every one of these songs are
really good ‘true’ country creations.  Certainly not the hodge-podge of
‘made-for-profit’ creations coming from Nashville.  This is the real
deal, this is writing of the very best, from experience, from the heart,
from the soul.  I’ve only had the opportunity of hearing Ron perform a
couple of times, and they have always been a very nice experience.  I
would hope to hear him more often, as a matter of fact we are going to
open up some ‘time’ on our Oak Tree shows in Anita, Iowa, by inviting
songwriters to come do a couple of their original songs for us.  On
every show if there are enough songwriters to go around.  Another plus
on this album is the mix done at Gould Studios.  Phil Gould the mover
and shaker behind the studio has a great ear for country music, the
placement of the instrumentation, and the instrumentation itself, using
all the ‘right’ instruments to not only uphold the song, but push it
forward, bringing Ron’s voice to the exact middle spot it should be. 
The instruments chosen for the backing all sound great, and the
instrumentation itself is exceedingly well done.  I really like the lead
guitar on “Chicken Inn Song.” I believe Ron plays an acoustic rhythm
guitar, and it too is right out front, right behind his voice exactly
where it should be.  There’s also a couple of songs that relate to
‘bluegrass’ but bluegrass it isn’t, not fast enough for one thing, but
it’s story songs ‘about’ bluegrass, not bluegrass itself.  This CD goes
to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their listening pleasure.  This
CD is a reflection of where good ‘real’ country music is holding forth
in the upper Midwest.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART – President, National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International

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