I’ll Never Let You Down – Forever In Blue Jeans – Dream Maker – Heart of Dixie – Next To You – Those Were The Good Old Nights (Back In The Good Old Days) – It’s Down To Me and Him (And Up To You) – Jesus Saves – Baby How Right You Are – Any Old Port In A Storm
     Tommy Overstreet has been in the music business all his life, most successfully as an incredibly gifted vocalist and a super good interpreter of great original songs.  I’ve had the most wonderful opportunity to review this super-nice super-star, because he sends his CD’s to me personally.  He just keeps surprising me all the time.  I had him all packaged in a neat little box of sweet syrupy country music.  Yes, he has done a lot of that kind of country music.  And then he just keeps coming up with something so totally different and so totally talented.  He refuses to use anything less than the best in his backing musicians, and he demands as much from his engineer and producer, Bob Millsap.
     This particular CD was recorded at the Ironside Studios in Branson, Missouri, as well as their sister studio in Nashville. Tommy also has an uncanny ability to ‘find’ some really really good songs that fits his voice and his style, whatever he might be currently doing.  “Forever Blue Jeans” was written by Neil Diamond, and we’ve heard it done many different ways. Here, in the hands of Tommy Overstreet, it becomes a nicely arranged, pleasant to listen to, romance song.  Not a sex song.  It’s a romance song.  Matter of fact this entire CD project sits on the edge of romance, and it’s nice.
     Tommy is a great songwriter in his own right, and adds a super good song to this CD.  “Jesus Saves” and Tommy is not afraid to share his belief in that very statement.  So many people seem to want to abandon the teachings of Christ, you know so we don’t seem to be ‘too’ Christian.  Can that possibly be real.  Be too Christian?  Not Tommy Overstreet.  My my my how proud his mom and dad would be with this simply great CD, and that particular song.  And that’s exactly what he means in his opening track “I’ll Never Let You Down.”  If I had to pick a favorite on this one, I guess I’d pick that one.  He means it.  BUT…..”Jesus Saves” is also incredible.  OK, so I picked two favorites.
     I’m glad to get this new CD by Tommy Overstreet, he is now in the running for the Rural Roots Music Commissions CD of the Year awards for 2012.  Tommy is a member of America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.
BUY THIS CD DIRECT FROM: Tommy Overstreet, P O Box 236, Hillsboro. OR 97123-0235
Bob Everhart

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