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MICHAEL T. WALL – From Newfoundland To Australia


From Newfoundland To Australia
From Newfoundland To Australia – Island of
Newfoundland – When The Plane Touches Down In Deer Lake – I’ve Been Here
And There – Sally’s Harbour – I Wouldn’t Take A Million Dollars For A
Single Maple Leaf – Hillbilly Newfie – No Price Tag On The Doors In
Newfoundland – Island By The Sea – Newfoundland Waltz – Newfoundland
That’s What You Mean To Me – Daddy’s Girl – We’re Still Daddy’s Girls –
The Newfie Sheik – The Mighty Vikings Came To Newfoundland – Lady Of The
Forest – Memories Of The Newfie Bullet – Did She Mention My Name – The
Recycling Song – The Singing Newfoundlander – Sinking Of The Titanic –
Back In ’56 – Big Old Newfie Dog – Sweet Nellie – Ballad Of Walter
This CD project is actually two CD’s from the prolific
Michael T. Wall, perhaps the best promoter Newfoundland has ever had. 
This project is so massive I don’t have time to listen to both CD’s, the
first one being about Newfoundland, the second one about Australia. 
Michael writes about all of his experiences, this one to Australia is
without a doubt his most sincere, and certainly his most rewarding.  So,
expect to hear a lot about his Australia travels in his self-penned
songs.  BUT, expect some remarkably good Gordon Lightfoot and Pops
Stoneman too.  This project is indeed massive. The insert ‘limited
edition’ is in itself massive.  It’s so large you can hardly get it out
of the CD cover.  It’s really a rather nice ‘history’ of Michael T.
Wall, a priceless collection of photos, letters, and highlights of this
remarkable man’s musical career.  Through it all he never wavered from
his ‘country music’ sound.  He has drifted occasionally into ‘folk’
music, but all for the better.  He has ‘never’ wavered into what we now
call contemporary country which has lost is way totally.  Not so for
Michael T. Wall, he continues on his road of ‘real’ country music, from
Newfoundland to Australia and back.  In all those photos and letters he
included in this project you will even find myself and Michael in a
photo taken in front of the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, Iowa, where
Michael is the first Newfoundlander inducted into America’s Old Time
Country Music Hall of Fame.  And, that’s what this CD is all about,
old-time country music at its best.  Gary Gale and Angus Kavanaugh both
play button accordion giving the entire project a very nice and easy to
listen to Newfoundland flavor.  There’s also a lot of steel, Dobro, Lapp
guitar, fiddle, harmonica (sometimes called mouth organ) and even
harps.  Yes ‘real’ harps.  So, you can see this is a gargantuan
undertaking.  All of the songs Michael wrote and sings are true
reflections of his life, his life-style, and certainly his life-time. 
His voice is a good as ever, maybe more poignant and sincere.  Erinwood
Studios get credit for undertaking the undertaking of recording,
mastering and re-mastering, and final mix.  Lovely job done all the way
through.  It will take me a couple of days to listen to each and every
song on both of these incredible CD’s.  If you like unique, if you like
creative, if you like ‘real’ country music, both of these CD’s are for
you. I already have some favorites, but more than anything I would like
my own road to somehow make the trip to Newfoundland and join Michael T.
Wall in a round of music playing and tasting and sharing the friendship
of this wonderful spot on planet earth, where ‘real’ people and friends
still exist.  I’m not sure what the Rural Roots Music Commission here
in Iowa are planning, after listening to this incredibly huge project by
Michael T. Wall, but it sounds like this collection of music might very
well get their “International Ambassador of Music CD of the Year”
award, which would be a ‘first-time’ experience.
Reviewer – Bob Everhart – www.ntcma.net

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