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ELAINE PEACOCK – Happiness Health & Heaven, Songs of Dennis Morgan

ELAINE PEACOCK

 Happiness Health & Heaven, Songs of Dennis Morgan
Happiness Health and Heaven – In Times Like
These – I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool – Love Is Fair – I
Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World – Missin’ You – Sweet Jesus – I’ve
Got Faith – Nobody – Years – With Just One Look – He Set My Life To
Music
 
Who doesn’t remember “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t
Cool?”  Barbara Mandrell?  All of these songs that Elaine Peacock
recorded were written by Dennis Morgan.  Elaine’s voice is perfectly
suited to the songs that Dennis writes.  She has the ‘feeling’ right
where it needs to be, and she is also very easy to listen to as well as
understand. Dennis was born in Minnesota, and is a well known songwriter
and music publisher, perhaps best known for writing songs for Barbara
Mandrell, Aretha Franklin, Faith Hill, even Eric Clapton.  He has also
published hit songs by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.  Another of the
songs he wrote for Barbara Mandrell was “Sleeping Single In A Double
Bed,” which went to number one in 1978.  Dennis was inducted into the
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. One of the ways he gets his
songs to super-star status is to provide a demo that not only sounds
good, it feels good. That’s what Elaine Peacock does with this list of
fabulous songs.  Perhaps they are not all ‘country’ style songs, however
that is in the eye of the beholder, or perhaps the ear of the listener,
because any of these songs could be done in a very nice traditional or
classic country style.  What’s also neat about this particular CD is the
addition of Elaine’s husband, Paul, on several of the tracks.  Makes
for an all-around pleasant listening experience.  Elaine is very active
in country music in South Dakota, including a terrific festival she
hosts called the ’12th Annual American Heritage Music Festival at the
Jefferson School Gym in Elk Point, South Dakota.”  And through this she
manages to bring to Southeast South Dakota a remarkable music event that
espouses a musical genre not available at the national level anymore. 
I’m sure she will be singing some of these songs that Dennis Morgan
wrote.  Her voice is impeccably suited to his writing.  He made the trip
from Nashville to Elk Point to record this particular project, the
sixth one he has done with Elaine.  It’s a remarkable listening
experience and should be in the ‘soft side’ of country music in
anybody’s library of good music.  I am going to make the inquiries
needed to attempt to bring Dennis to LeMars for Hall of Fame honors for
his tremendous writing abilities.  Good CD Elaine, it too will go to the
Rural Roots Music Commission, for their own ‘soft side’ of country
music observations.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART – Pres., NTCMA – www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International

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