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DON JOY & MELANIE LYNN – Take My Heart Along

DON JOY & MELANIE LYNN

Take My Heart Along

Back Again To Stay – Take My Heart Along –
Old Fashioned Love – I’ll Still Be Loving You – Makin’ Music All Night
Long – I’ll Take The Teardrops From Your Eyes – Timeless and True Love –
Played One Time Too Many – If You’d Like Some Lovin’ – Love’s Cheating
Line – You’re Running Wild

 

 It’s always a little bit of a ‘tremor’ when I listen to
country music today, never sure what I’m going to hear, but I never fail
to be impressed by the ‘originality’ I hear sometimes.  Don Joy has a
farm down in Missouri, and is probably the last person you might expect
to write ‘love’ songs, but indeed, that is exactly what he does.  As the
CD progresses, after starting out with some nice western swing on the
first song, the backing musicians also recognize these originals as
exactly that, and they too, hear the ‘love’ song in them.  Not sure how
long Don and Melanie have been singing, my only ‘suggestion’ in this
fine work is for Melanie to ‘soften’ her voice just a little, and listen
closely to what Don is singing so that she stays right next to him
vocally.  This whole CD is chock full of terrific classic and
traditional country music, very unlike what is happening in Nashville
these days.  The musicians are A-one, super good, and feel the music
just as they should.  Recorded at Electric Arts Recording Studio in
Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, Don found some music makers that really
‘understand’ his music.  We don’t know who the music makers are, but
they are good throughout, and cheers to the engineer who did the final
mix, right on where it should be. Don’s music, I believe, is from his
heart, and he writes from experience as well.  It’s amazing how Don can
write about love, winning love, losing love, and searching for love, and
finding it as well.  Super neat listening experience here. Five of the
twelve songs on this CD were written by Don and Melanie.  Add to that
some excellent other originals by other writers I’ve not had the
opportunity to hear, makes for a very nice listening experience. This
delightful couple are heading for their debut performance on “Midwest
Country” an RFD-TV television show  emanating from Sandstone, Minnesota,
that still maintains the excellence of ‘real’ classic and traditional
country music.  It will be fun to see them performing together on this
show which is quite well produced.  My favorite spot on this recording
is in “Timeless and True Love” where the steel player turns to the Dobro
to add that very special down-home authentic ‘realness’ to what country
music is all about.  The fiddle too makes this song special.  My
favorite on this CD without a doubt.  Off this fine selection of
traditional and classic country tunes goes to the Rural Roots Music
Commission.  Who knows what they will do, but I’m sure they will do
something.

REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART – www.ntcma.net

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