CD Reviews February 2011

CD Review February 2011

by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show


35 Years Bear Family Records
Baer Family
1. Bear The Pain – Truly Lover Trio 2. Big Bear Jubilee – Bennett, Richard 3. Bear Family Talkin’ Blues – Dickerson, Deke 4. Bear Moon – Fatboy 5. The Bear – Sanchez, Mike 6. A Bear Is A Bear Is A Bear – Spampinato Bros. 7. Hey Big Bear! – Little Rachel and the Rhythm B 8. Running Bear – Gomm, Ian & Jeb Loy Nichols 9. Grizzly – Durefelt, Alexander 10. Goldie Rocks And The Hillbilly Bears – Emery, Jon 11. Bear With Me – Lloyd, Bill 12. What I Crave – Lenz, Kim 13. Bear In Them Woods – Apple, Nancy 14. Bear In Mind – Todd, Pat & The Rankoutsiders 15. Last Polar Bears – Norberg, Kent 16. The Spiderbear – Men, The 17. The Bear Is Back – B.B.& The Blues Shacks 18. Bear In The Woods – Stevens, Tom 19. She’s A Bearcat – Sprague Brothers 20. I Can’t Bear To See You Cry – Ortega, Louie 21. Steady With Teddy – Southern Skyline 22. Teddy Bear – Cook, Elizabeth 23. Little Teddy Bear – Lammers Meyer, Hermann 24. Running Bear – B., Bela 25. Grizzly Bear – West Saugerties Ale, The & Qua 26. Bears – Schramm, Dave & the 2-Five-One 27. Battersea Bears – Belmont, Martin 28. Tanz Bär tanz – Hotel Rex 29. Ein Bär wie ein Mann – Ascacibar, Sabrina 30. Baby Bear’s Birthday (Bärchens Geburtstag) – Geisler, Ladi 31. Das Bärenbaby Boris – Crystalairs 32. Schnapp Dir’n Bär (und lad ihn ein zum 5-Uhr- – Gabriel, Gunter 33. Kleiner Bär von Berlin – Tukur, Ulrich & die Rhythmus B 34. Ein kleiner Bär mit grossen Ohren – Alsmann, Götz 35. Moonlight On The Mountains – Allison, Amy 36. Bearly Makin’ It – Taylor , Chip 37. The Hunted (A Bears Tale) – Little Sparrow 38. Bear Family – Diamond, Jim 39. Bearly Able – Davis , Hank 40. The Preacher And The Bear – Hamilton IV, George 41. Bear Me In Mind – Campi, Ray 42. The Ballad Of Papa Bear And Mr. Possum – Heinrich, Roland 43. Beartooth – Bush, Johnny 44. Bears In Texas – Siekers, The 45. Smokey The Bear – Riders In The Sky 46. Nashville Bear Scare – Cooper, Peter 47. Sixteen Discs – Heinrich, Roland 48. Ursula Major – Burch, Paul 49. Running Bear – Vallis, Johnny & Johnny Presto 50. Björn Olsson – Olsson, Björn 51. Honey Bear – Owen, Gwil 52. Alley Oop – Carroll, Tim 53. Crazy Bear Rock – Mike Bell & The Belltones 54. Fuzzy Brown – Velvetone 55. Grizzly Bear – Travis, Ervin 56. The Grizzly Bear – Twistaroos, The 57. Bear (In My Garden) – Diken, Dennis 58. Beware Of The Bear – Shizzoe, Hank 59. Like A Bear Loves Honey – Krc, Freddie Steady 60. I Wanna Spend My Christmas Time With You – Lee, Phil 61. The Bear – Goo Men 62. Once I Was A Dancing Bear – Mike And The Ravens 63. Luigi, The Lonely Christmas Bear – Womack, Tommy 64. Ursa Major (Airships) – Lee 3, Tim 65. What I Like About Miami – Pickett, Charlie and the Mothe 66. Don’t Touch That Bear Or I’ll Mangle You – Johnson, Robert & The Punchdru 67. The Amazing Hypno-Bear (On A Unicycle) – Atomic Blast, The 68. Somebody’s Sleeping In My Bed – Bird, Jeff
2010 Bear Family celebrates 35th Anniversary. The Bear Family editions are still the standard for reissues. This special box, we offer an exclusive offer for the friendship anniversary price. Musicians and songwriters, congratulations on musical style with original recordings, which are only available as part of this publication! – Bear Family Records was founded in the late summer of 1975. The 35th Anniversary we want to celebrate a birthday with a special publication. The absolute friendship price, we offer an especially produced for this event CD/Book edition. Musician and songwriter, with whom we have long-lasting friendship, to commemorate the anniversary songs written and recorded, which – with the topic Bears – sometimes humorously, sometimes seriously. All 68 original recordings are available only in this box in the LP format. – Particularly interesting are the songs that deal with bears generally do not, but specifically with our Bear Family label: Jim Diamond’s “Bear Family” Deke Dickerson’s “Bear Family Talking Blues”, Roland Heinrich’s “Sixteen Discs” and “What I Crave” by Kim Lenz. – In the accompanying book are the world renowned music critics, experts and authors of their respective Bear Family’s Favorite Publications before. – This Box is unique – as unique as our label. Also … a 35th Anniversary comes only every thirty-five years!
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Billy Currington – Enjoy Yourself
HUMP 092
1. All Day Long (3:47)
2. Love Done Gone (3:31)
3. Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer (3:00)
4. Until You (4:44)
5. Like My Dog (2:46)
6. Perfect Day (2:54)
7. Let Me Down Easy (3:48)
8. Bad Day Of Fishin’ (3:03)
9. Enjoy Yourself (2:59)
10. Lil’ Ol’ Lonesome Dixie Town
With the single “Pretty Good At Beer Drinkin” he continued his own personal yardstick almost immeasurably. It is the sixth No. 1 hit single for him. The single is from the new album “Enjoy Yourself”, which a total of 10 beautiful country songs, some with R&B influences contain. The songs were written in part by Dave Barnes, Scotty Emerick and Mark Nesler. The album “Enjoy Yourself” by the way shows ambitions to the success of his latest album “Little Bit of Everything” to tie into Europe.
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Conway Twitty – The Ballads of Conway Twitty
Bear Family
BCD 15982 AR
1. It’s Only Make Believe 2. I’ll Try 3. Will You Love Me Then, As You Love Me Now 4. When I’m Not With You 5. The Story Of My Love 6. My One And Only You 7. Just In Time 8. Judge Of Hearts 9. First Romance 10. I Need You So 11. Why Can’t I Get Through To You 12. You’ll Never Walk Alone 13. Heavenly 14. Halfway To Heaven 15. Blueberry Hill 16. You Win Again 17. Restless 18. Easy To Fall In Love 19. Lonely Blue Boy 20. Blue Moon 21. What Am I Living For 22. I’d Still Play The Fool 23. Knock Three Times 24. What A Dream 25. C’est si bon 26. Unchained Melody 27. Portrait Of A Fool 28. There Is Something On Your Mind 29. Lookin’ Back 30. Pledging My Love 31. It’s Too Late 32. I Hope, I Think, I Wish 33. Is A Blue Bird Blue
(1-CD DigiPack – 4-sided – with 36-page Booklet. 33 song titles. Total time: 79:24) — They called him the “Best Friend” who could have a song. And here 33 evidence of this. An exclusive coupling of Conway’s early days before he was country star. Also present: the original of the world hits “It’s Only Make Believe”. This album is the perfect addition to Bear Family classic “Conway Twitty Rocks”- Statistics show that Conway Twitty is one of the five most successful country artist in music history – but first it was a Ballad Rock ‘n’ Roller – and indeed one of the best. This exclusive coupling is based on his recordings for Sun, Mercury and MGM Records from 1956 to 1963 – is included with one of the most powerful ballads of all time, “It’s Only Make Believe”. Here, too, “Lonely Boy Blue” (originally written for Elvis) and “Is A Bluebird Blue”, the first hit of the Soul are great writer Dan Penn. Integrated into many great versions of originals Conway-song classics such as “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “You Win Again”, “C’Est Si Bon” and “What Am I Living For”. – Country fans can discover on this compilation, the manner in which Conway later moved closer to his sound and how he found his distinctive style. For Rock ‘n’ Roller, this CD moments of calm. And anyone who appreciates great singing, read here why you have called Conway Twitty the ‘Best Friend’, could have a song.
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Cylia Noel – Tears In The Rain
1. Tears in the Rain
2. Better off Alone
3. Unbreakable
4. More
5. High Tide
6. Who Are You?
7. How It Feels
8. You Can’t Blame Me!
9. Through with You
10. Heaven’s Rain [Instrumental]
Cylia Noel is a new artist at the stars. Their album “Tears In The Rain” has produced it herself and the songs come from her. Although it is not a real country album, so it is always worth a mention. Her voice and the content of the songs are outstanding, so it is only a matter of time before a major record company should learn of them.
Christian Lamitschka ( )



James Otto – Shake What God Gave Ya
HUMP 090
1. Are Ya With Me (3:20)
3. Lover Man (2:43)
4. Soldiers & Jesus (4:45)
5. Love Don’t Cost A Thing (4:08)
6. Sun Comes ‘Round Again (4:21)
7. Shake What God Gave Ya (3:24)
8. It’s A Good Time (For A Good Time) (3:48)
9. Just Like Sunshine (3:33)
10. Let’s Just Let Go (3:42)
11. She Comes To Me (3:57)
12. Good Thing’s Gone Bad (Feat. Ronnie Milsap) (4:19)
James Otto is honestly the greatest artist of his kind, the question of who towers him in the country music is, he has more he has to smile about and be happy, for his body size is already huge. In 2008 he released the album “Sunset Man”, which met the high expectations of him. With the album “Shake What God Gave Ya” top it off. He is and presents the music world as a country soul artist. “Shake What God Gave Ya” was in Nashville, TN, along with Paul Worley, who has been producing for Big & Rich, Lady Antebellum and many more.
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Johnathan East – One Horse Town
Retac Recording
1. A Little On the Redneck Side (3:27)
2. Halfway to Mexico (3:44)
3. One Horse Town (4:00)
4. Soon As the Tequila Kicks In (3:32)
5. Half the Man He Was (4:06)
6. Once in a Blue Moon (3:45)
7. Why I Do the Things I Do (5:17)
8. Riding Shotgun With Me (3:23)
9. Melissa (4:44)
10. Honky Tonk My Blues Away (3:07)
11. Cheaha Mountain (2:48)
12. A Little Rock N’ Roll (3:03)


Grits And Gravy
Retac Recording
1. Trailer Park Cowboy (4:12)
2. Grits and Gravy (3:10)
3. If I Could Do It Over (3:12)
4. That Ole Ford Truck (3:57)
5. One Nation Under God (3:03)
6. 90 Proof Habit (4:02)
7. Honky Tonk Woman From Munford (3:14)
8. Stranger Off the Street (3:02)
9. Liquor Is Quicker (3:48)
10. This Ain’t the First Time (3:51)
11. Wanted Man (5:01)
12. High in the Saddle (4:32)


Retac Recording
1. It Don’t Get Bluer Than That (3:07)
2. Hayseed (4:36)
3. Without You (3:27)
4. The Way I was Raised (3:11)
6. Barbed Wire Tattoo (3:32)
7. 18 Reasons (3:56)
8. I Still Do (3:40)
9. Old Honky Tonker (5:37)
10. Bourbon Street (4:33)
11. Hillbilly Music (3:57)
12. Teardrops and Tail Lights (3:46)
13. Just Like a Country Song (5:01)
A mix of country and country rock awaits you when you insert the CDs into the CD player of Johnathan East. Basic honest songs that come with the distinctive voice of Johnathan East. The man is a gifted songwriter, likely to be the least known. Or is he? If you take the time and looks you’ll know who wrote the songs on the albums, there is the indication that all the tracks come from his pen. Respect!
Christian Lamitschka ( )


Look To The Light – Songs Of Faith
1. THIRST & HUNGER (Russell Moore & Dale Ann Bradley)
2. BEAUTIFUL HALL (Jeff Parker & Dale Ann Bradley)
3. LOOK TO THE LIGHT (John Miller, Jesse Brock & Dale Ann Bradley)
4. ANGEL AT YOUR SIDE (Barry Scott & Dale Ann Bradley)
5. I VE BEEN REDEEMED (Junior Sisk)
6. BAD NEWS FOR THE DEVIL (John Miller & Dale Ann Bradley)
7. HIS LOVING CARE (Junior Sisk)
8. HE LL LEAD YOU UP (Jeff Parker)
9. HOW FAR WILL I FALL (Russell Moore & Dale Ann Bradley)
10. I LONG TO SEE HIS FACE (John Miller & Jesse Brock)
11. THE GOOD SAMARITAN (Jeff Parker)
12. MOMMA S PRAYER BEADS (John Miller & Dale Ann Bradley)
13. HE UNDERDTANDS (Barry Scott & Dale Ann Bradley)
14. SAILING ON (Russell Moore & Dale Ann Bradley)


Lonesome River Band – Still Learning
1. Record Time Machine (2:56)
2. Goodbye Wheeling (2:49)
3. I’m Still Learning (3:24)
4. Jack Up The Jail (3:23)
5.Telling Me You Love Me Again (3:02)
6. Forty Days In The Desert (4:21)
7. Any Ole Time (2:42)
8. Don’t Cry Blue (3:10)
9. As Wild As I Get (3:48)
10. High Lonesone (3:04)
11. Red Bandana (3:25)
12. I’ve Seen The Blues (3:25)
13. Pretty Little Girl (2:29)


Darrell Webb Band – Bloodline
1. I’m Bringing Home Good News
2. Poor Rambin Boy
3. Bloodline
4. Kings of Orebank
5. Heart Trouble
6. Gonna Be Moving
7. Miner’s Hell
8. If You Don’t Believe The Bible
9. He Can’t Fill My Shoes
11. Big Black Train
12. To See An Angel Cry


Common Strings – Somewhere In Glory
1. Nothing But the Blood
2. Glorious Power
3. Hard Hat For A Halo
4. The Message Of His Coming
5. Beyond The Mist Of Blue
6. Golden Streets Of Home
7. Paul’s Ministry
8. Somewhere In Glory (Preachin By The Roadside)
9. The Revelation
10. Twilight Is Fading
11. Prettiest Flowers
12. When The Redeemed Are Gathering


Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford – Dogwood Winter
1. Why Ask Why
2. Just Along For The Ride
3. Dogwood Winter
4. Nebraska Sky
5. Just Another Setting Sun
6. How Did That Turn Into My Problem
7. On A Day Like This
8. You Hurt Me All Over Again
9. Snow
10. Torches
11. Deep End Man
12. Sixteen Cents
13. Dying Won’t Be Hard
14. Angel On Its Way
Rural Rhytham Records are among the record companies who took the bluegrass music written on the flag. In the past, they brought with them many artists to sign a record deal. In the meantime, they have discovered the Christian Blue Grass Music for themselves and founded an extra-Lable “Rural Rhythm Christian”. It is represented on the compilation “Look To The Light”, songs with lyrics that deal with God and have their musical origins in Blue Grass. Published not now under the new Lable, but rather under Rural Rhytham Recrods who are already listed above artists. How should it be different, all in Bluegrass Music classify and High quality makes them shine.
Christian Lamitschka ( )



Cracker Barrel
1. These Are My People
2. About the South
3. Watching You
4. Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy)
5. In The Middle
6. A Man on a Tractor
7. Wasted Whiskey
8. Invisibly Shaken
9. Angel’s Hands
10. If You’re Gong Through Hell
11. Farmer’s Daughter
12. More Like Your Memory
It’s on the album a so-called sampler, which is to be obtained only at Cracker Barrel. The album contains a total of 4 #1 hits and produced exclusively for Cracker Barrel Song “More Like Your Memory”.
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Trace Adkins – Cowboy’s Back In Town
HUMP 087
1. Brown Chicken Brown Cow (3:26)
2. Hold My Beer (3:22)
3. Cowboy’s Back In Town (3:25)
4. This Ain’t No Love Song (3:20)
5. Hell, I Can Do That (3:53)
6. A Little Bit Of Missin’ You (3:37)
7. Still Love You (3:28)
8. Don’t Mind If I Don’t (3:35)
9. Ala-Freakin-Bama (3:36)
10. Break Her Fall (3:38)
11. Whoop A Man’s Ass (3:23)
Trace Adkins won yet more new worlds. For a long time, he was the leading male star of country music, a man who made his incredible presence and unique baritone to a pillar of the current Nashville sound. But he has other gifts: a restless intellect, wide-ranging interests and a great talent as a speaker, which made it almost inevitable that his influence has spread beyond the borders of the genre. With the album “Cowboy’s Back In Town” followed by another hit album. In an extensive interview he comments on his album, which is available at: and hence no need any for a CD presentation. Because who has a better idea than a CD Trace Adkins himself.
Christian Lamitschka ( )

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