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CD: Smokin’ Joe Wiseman

Smokin’
Joe Wiseman
Greenback
Dollar 2:18 Makin’ Love to You (CD Version) 4:08 Buckets of Rain
3:43
See
What’s Become of Me 2:51 The Only Sin 3:44 Snowflakes 3:06 Dance
Away With Me 4:14
Bred
in the Bone 3:14 Saddest Eyes 3:22Bound for Hell 3:24 Makin’ Love
to You(Radio Version) 3:43
Smokin’
Joe Wiseman, I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time. You
see, Smokin’ Joe and I have a little bit of a history. He hit my
Facebook page a long time ago asking about how to get his album
reviewed by Country Music News International. I explained that I
couldn’t touch it until it went through the necessary channels (he
had to figure out how to get it into Christian hands). Since then,
I’ve kept an eye out and watched his following grow. I saw his
album in the Dropbox folder I share with a handful of other writers a
month or two ago. But, since I’ve been busy with this new journal I
haven’t been able to get to it. Well Joe, let me give it a go.
Greenback
Dollar,

revs it up. I don’t remember Smokin’ Joe sounding like this, but
now I can understand the name. This is the kind of country that makes
you believe you are at the Daytona 500, or at a NASCAR race with the
cars roaring by you spitting black tar off the track, like Southern
rock at its finest.
Makin’
Love to You(CD Version),

switches gears and brings you into that old empty road house with a
great country duet. You may be drowning your sorrows for a bit but
then you get that hometown lovin’ that you haven’t seen in a
while. This song comes equipped with a fiddle just so you know where
you are.
Buckets
of Rain,

sets the mood with its blues harp. A real sweet love song, that’d
probably be one of those end of the night greats you play on the way
home with your woman.
See
What’s Become of Me,
brings
that fiddle along for a mellow ballad. Smokin’ Joe Wiseman has
really impressed me with this one. The lyrics are a great tour
through a country singers life on the road. The sound reminds me of
the great man in black.
The
Only Sin,

is another story, but this one has to do with the worry bearing down
on the conscience of a wartime soldier. The feeling is then compared
to feelings of crossing the line of anyone’s beliefs system.
The
poetic storytelling of this album is demonstrated by,
Snowflakes.
There really is no comparison but this song in general has a Native
American folktale sound to it. For songs like this I’d love to know
the back story.
Dance
Away With Me,

brings back the sixties with its great country dreaming beneath the
stars folk music. It’ll bring you into one of those outdoor
festivals where people come together and camp out for the weekend.
Bred
in the Bone,
has
a southern blues rhythm accompanied by back-up singers and an
electric guitar that’s notes would be floating out any opening door
in New Orleans.
Saddest
Eyes,

carries that dreary sad sound carried by the guitar.
Bound
for Hell,

seems a New Englander’s tale.
My
favorite song on the entire album, and there were a lot of great
songs to choose from, is
Bound
for Hell
.
I am also at a loss for words on this one. I wish I had been able to
review it when I first got the message from Smokin’ Joe Wiseman.
This is definitely a must have in any collection.
Jeremy
Frost for Country Music News International

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