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Big Flood – Pain – Turkey Time – Only The
Coyote – 30 Years At The Kum n Go – Patience, Perseverance, &
Politics – Church Lady Pie  -Wanted Man – So Said Solomon
     I really like reviewing CD’s that speak of real
things.  Raldo Schneider is an Iowa country songwriter that writes about
real things.  He draws his inspiration from things right around him. 
“Big Flood” actually happened over in Eastern Iowa.  From the looks of
things, probably not the last big flood in the farm state.  What with
the incredible weather changes on our planet Earth, we’re going to see a
lot of this kind of activity in the not too distant future.  Raldo’s
solution is to go right to the next song on the CD…”Pain” which takes
him to the bar-room, and drinking some Templeton-Rye.  You wouldn’t know
what that is, but it’s a strictly Iowa produced whiskey, some say as
smooth as silk, easier to drink then Kentucky Bourbon, and far easier
when there’s ‘pain’ setting in.  I wouldn’t try buying a bottle of
Templeton-Rye, they only make small batches at a time, therefore it’s
very very expensive.
     Raldo keeps his ‘originals’ right down the line, about
his own experiences, his own music ringing in his head, his own very
well played acoustic guitar.  He uses very good Iowa musicians to
transform his ideas into really good musical presentations and stories. 
John Stortz on rhythm & lead guitar and Dobro; Travis Smiley on
bass; Marcy Schneider on fiddle & keyboard; Denyce Gallagher on
fiddle; Dutch DeBoer on harmonica; Roger Miller on pedal steel; Dan
Hummel on drums; Jovita Long on harmony.  They get together to record at
Jealous Dog Studios in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Al Eacret helped with the
mix, and it is a delightful one, even the Jimmy Buffet sound on “Only
The Coyote.” 
     When Blake Shelton, the ‘make-believe’ country music
star, proclaimed to the world his opinion that anyone who still likes a
traditional country music sound is an old fart and a jackass, it would
appear to me that he was writing his own obituary.  Raldo Schneider can
not only out-sing Blake Shelton, he can out-write him, and he can
out-class him.
     In most cases I would have to agree with Raldo, “30
Years At The Kum N Go” being an honest worker, is far better than
being a phony Blake Shelton.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer

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