Old Friends & New Songs
Old Friends and New Songs The original concept of this CD was to simply provide a pleasing forum for exposing the song writing skill of Jim Cook and Ralph Dennington to the public. Jim and Ralph have been collaborating on various music projects for over twenty years. As each developed a storyline or concept the other would help refine the music or words until these new songs developed their own individuality while still reflecting the combined personality of these two old friends. Each song on the album has been treated as an individual, stand alone, work. The musical arrangements were designed to best represent the sentiment and feeling of the writers and bring out the range of emotion that these songs portray. Songs like Front Porch Swing and Fat Back Willy reflect the mountain roots of both Jim and Ralph while Old Friend and Grandpa's Sermon open a portal into deeper emotions. On the light side Six Times a Woman brings out their often bizarre since of humor. (No it was not written about any woman we actually know, particularly if they are known for their marksmanship.) The artist performing on this album, are as eclectic as their music. Jim is the featured vocalist on most of the songs and with three previous albums still selling well, also best known of the bunch. Better known for his arranging and engineering skills, Ralph provides his own particular vocal style on Rodeo Dream and Six times a Woman where he provides his own back up vocals just for the fun of it. Not to overlook the new songs for the world of female vocalist, Judith Ann, (Judy to everyone who knows her) brings an almost angelic vocal purity to Kentucky Blue along with a mothers knowing and love to Daddy's Dance. Brian Smith is featured on the lead and rhythm acoustic guitar while John Ellis adds his Nashville-Texas electric style to heat things up a bit. Ralph's MIDI, Mandolin and Bass, along with Jim on dobro and rhythm guitar pretty much rounds out this bunch known as, Cherry Creek. Truly 'Old Friends and New Songs'.