Be Careful What You Wish for
Review from a DJ: As expected, the package you sent arrived and I have already listened to your CD several times. Every month I receive like thirty or forty CDs by singers who shouldn't even be allowed to sing in the shower and it makes me wonder why on Earth their producers wasted their money on them. On the other hand, there are those great artists, with great CDs, top notch production and a terribly appealing song selection who should be huge stars and are not... yet. Fortunately your case fits the second category! I have received music by artists produced by Dick McVey before and I see Dick doesn't waste his time and money on people who don't deserve it. Yours is a beautiful CD which should be the envy of many 'famous' artists recording for a big label. But in their cases, many times there are three or four songs worth listening to and then the rest are just fillers, written by their producer and included in the CD just to satisfy their ego/pocket. In your case it is evident that you have chosen material that you like and it shows in your voice and interpretation. Your voice is clear and warm, you have a perfect command of it and you can vary feelings and emotions from tender ballads to more rocking tunes. The songs range from the pleasant to the great and there many which should become hits. If you like Lari White's songs (as this is clear in your CD) she should be more than proud since you have improved her own tunes. Your version of 'If I'm Not Already Crazy' has beautiful steel guitar work at the beginning (which was practically non-existent in the original) which establishes the sadness of the song right from the start; there's nothing sadder than the crying of a steel guitar and in this case it fits perfectly well with the lyrics and your heartfelt performance. 'Go On' also shows more energy than Lari's version. Nice version of 'Dancing Round and Round', a song recorded by Olivia Newton-John way back in the 70s when she was country. 'Sidetracked' is by far my favorite and I will be playing it in high rotation. Other songs I will play throughout the year are tracks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7. You have come up with a great CD, with strong arrangements and clean production, effortless, beautiful performances, stunning looks and good choice of material. What else could anyone as for? You definitely have a winner here and deserve to gain a following with it. I am sorry for the length of this message; I hope these comments help and encourage you somehow. Once again, thanks for your time, help and effort and keep it country!! Raúl J. Tejeiro TOP COUNTRY HITS - CMA 96768.