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CD: SQUEEZIN’ STEVE – I Can Hear My Mother Calling

SQUEEZIN’ STEVE

I Can Hear My Mother Calling
Spanish Two Step – I Can Hear My Mother
Calling – Old Log Cabin For Sale – The Blind Boy – I Haven’t Seen Mary
In Years – My Harbour Castle Home – Daughter Nell – Wabash Cannonball –
Farewell To Nova Scotia – Will You Love Me When I Am Old And Feeble –
Ghost Of Bras D’Or – Fade Love – May You Never Be Alone Like Me – The
Rose In Her Hair – Lonesome For Newfoundland – Isle of Newfoundland –
Loss Of The Marion – Over the Waves
 
As many know, I like old-time music, especially old-time
country music as much or more than I do modern country music which isn’t
very country anymore.  For that reason I take a particular liking to
those who still play the old songs and tunes, and when they do it on a
button accordion it’s even better.  Squeezin’ Steve is from Canada,
Ontario I believe, and his penchant for the old time songs on button
accordion is incredibly good.  It’s so much fun to hear it the old way. 
His accordion playing is immaculate, but he also sings some of those
old favorites, and though he’s not a Nashville singer, he’s just like
someone performing and entertaining on the back porch, the real source
of real country music.   My favorite old-time country song has to be the
“Wabash Cannonball” and Steve does a remarkable job not only playing
this great old-time authentic country song on his accordion, he also
sings it really well. He follows this nice up-tempo song with “Farewell
to Nova Scotia” a kind of sad song full of old-time memories and
heartfelt sorrow. “Faded Love” is another traditional song he plays
extremely well on the button accordion, and does it as an instrumental,
sounding very old-timey and very sincere.  Steve closes this very nice
listening experience with another great old-time classic “Over The
Waves.”  How cool!  Recorded at the Erinwood Studios, Steve is joined by
Gerald Companion on guitar; Brian Emon on bass; Archery Hatchey on
keyboard; and Sal Norguera on drums, all very accomplished old-time
music makers.  I got this CD from Michael T Wall for review, and it’s a
delight to listen to this great music.  I’m going to forward it to the
Rural Roots Music Commission, but I doubt they will take it under
consideration for their CD of the year awards, there is no way to
communicate with Squeezin’ Steve, no address, no telephone number, no
e-mail, so that makes for a difficult consideration, still I wish there
was a way to communicate with Squeezin’ Steve, I know I would have main
stage time for him IF there was a way to communicate, and IF the Rural
Roots folks picks his CD for any of their awards.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART – Pres., NTCMA – www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

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