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CD: TEX & MARY SCHUTZ – Bluebonnet Blue


Bluebonnet Blue
The Texas Bluebonnet Waltz – That Little
One-Room Schoolhouse – Yellow Roses – Me & Bobbie McGee – The Three
Bells – The Lord Knows I’m Drinking – I Still Miss Someone – Daisy A Day
– It’s Such A Pretty World – Born To Lose – Sugartime – When Two Worlds
Collide – Blues, Stay Away From Me – The Blizzard
Whenever I get a CD from the Red Dog Studios in Streetman,
Texas, I know I’m in for a ‘real deal’ treat in country music. Tex
Schutz has been the elder statesman of acoustic country music for the
past fifty years in the upper Midwest. His ability as a musician (on
many different instruments) is unparalleled, and his ‘ear’ for country
music, especially in the studio is unsurpassed.  This time he lets his
wife Mary really ‘shine,’ vocally.  Her voice from song one, where she
demonstrates her ability to use tremolo is beautiful.  Together their
voices still blend as nicely as it did when they very first started. 
This couple has no less than 17 incredible music projects recorded.  On
this one, we get to hear a whole big bunch of what Tex can do.  His
mandolin has always been that old-timey kind of style, not necessarily
bluegrass, but what Bill Monroe must have sounded like in his early
years, especially 1934 when he played on the radio in Shenandoah, Iowa. 
That makes Tex’s mandolin sound really good, really country.  Tex’s
acoustic Martin guitar is a valid expression of near-perfection using
both as a rhythm and a lead instrument.  And this time we also get to
hear Tex play a kind of rustic harmonica, just right for where he put
it.  I especially liked it in “Me & Bobbie McGee.” Mary plays
upright acoustic bass. I believe this one is the one she uses when she
plays live, at least it sounds like it, and it sounds great. The
engineering, mix, and mastering on this delightful acoustic album is
just right, all the way round.  Tex has never missed on these very
important elements, whether he’s doing it on his own session, or
sessions recorded by others.  You can be sure if you record at Red Dog
you are going to get the very best available, no matter who you are.
 It’s not too late for me to forward this to the Rural Roots Music
Commission, so off it goes.  I think they will hear what I hear. By the
way, the first song “The Texsas Bluebonnet Waltz” which Mary sings so
well was written by mutual friend Janet McBride (a great Texas writer),
and “That Little One-Room Schoolhouse” was written by Kansan, Garry
Bob Everhart – www.ntcma.net

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