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CD: ROYAL WADE KIMES – Shadows of Time

ROYAL WADE KIMES
Shadows of Time
Wayward Wind – Cut The Line – Eight Second
Time – Stephenville Heist – I’m A Hand – Gold in These Hills – Come Here
Boy – Back In Tombstone – Ride A Bad Hoss – Turn Back – Making Hay –
Cowboy Dreaming
 
I just can’t understand the so-called ‘radio-country’
stations in America these days.  By playing all this ‘un-country stuff’
coming out of Nashville they are missing an incredibly huge amount of
tremendously talented recording artists that still know what real
country music is, and how to present it incredibly well done.  This guy
Royal Wade Kimes is a new artist to me, but he not only opens his
wonderful CD with a classic country & western song, he does it
better than I’ve ever heard it, and there have been plenty of artists
who have recorded this eclectic song “The Wayward Wind.”  The voice of
this man is incredible sincere and I mist up at how well he does his
songs.  He’s got a tremendous voice, full of appeal, honesty, and he’s
also a truly gifted songwriter-singer.  He wrote ten of the twelve songs
on this offering, and they are all extremely well done. I really like
the way he does “Cut The Line.”  It’s an honest cowboy’s departure from a
relationship that isn’t working, but it’s his voice that is so
appealing as well as the words he is singing.  I get a lot of CD’s by
songwriters that write nice poems, but the poems need to be singable to
be a song.  That’s exactly what Royal Wade Kimes is doing with his
works, singing them.  And just so you know, his works are incredibly
good.  Listening to him is kind of like taking a step back in time to a
more gentle, more believable, more entertaining entertainment
experience.  I just love the way Thomas Yankton Mingus weaved his
harmonica in and out of some of these beautiful adventures in music. 
Royal also has the ‘feel’ as well as the good sense to add Laurie
Canaan’s fiddle in the ‘just right’ places.  If you could just ‘hear’
this guy sing, you would instantly recognize how truly gifted he is, and
how much better he is than the so-called super stars of country music
today.  George Bradfute is the engineer and producer, and he’s so
completely into the vein of this production, I am totally surprised this
CD is not being played on every country radio station in America.  It
is such a pleasant experience for me to listen to this soft country
& western music again.  It’s a music that God must also like, for it
is still here, alive and well, and extremely done superbly.  Royal
makes his home in Arkansas, which must surely account for his very
strong ‘genre’ approach to keeping this particular style of music alive
and well. There’s a couple that lean toward the cowboy-outlaw style of
Waylon, Willie, & Johnny, but the voice of Royal sets right well on
that mantle. But mostly this album is full of extremely well done ‘real
country’ songs and singing with even a little Jerry Lee sound on “Making
Hay.”  I shall definitely send this along to the Rural Roots Music
Commission for their perusal.  Good things happening here, especially
since Royal is promoted as the Gentleman Outlaw.
 
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President, NTCMA www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International 

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