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Billy Yates

CD Review by Cheryl H. Hill

CD Review:
"What you see is what you get, what you get is what you see. No, I ain't tryin' to fool no one. God knows I'm proud to be... country." (Quote from Billy Yates; CD liner notes.) 

After listening to the entire album; I believe Billy Yates and man oh man do I ever love music that makes me feel good, lifts my spirits and gets my feet to involuntarily tappin'. Country is chock full of great music and equally great lyrics. From the first song on the CD to the last I was in honky-tonk, hip swayin', head bobbin', toe tappin', true country heaven. 

Yates songwriting ability is equal to his wonderful singing. The fourteen songs on this CD are proof of that fact since he had a hand in writing every one. In addition to his accomplishments as a singer and songwriter he is also a renowned artist. Among his best known alternative artistic endeavors are murals that he painted on two of George Jones' tour buses. 

My favorite song on this album is "Dreaming Out Loud." In my humble opinion, this song has all the qualities of a number one hit ... but then I may have just been influenced by the wave of nostalgia that rushed over me while I was listening to it. It certainly is reminiscent of many country music classics. 

Yates has been writing for other artists for quite some time and has been recorded by some of the biggest names in country music today. He has been nominated for a Grammy and has already won a CMA award but he says that his "biggest reward is touching someone's heart with a song." Well, kudos Mr. Yates 'cause your music certainly had no difficulty in touching mine. 

Among the songs recorded by other artists are: 
I Don't Need Your Rockin' Chair - George Jones 
From Good To Bad To Worse To Gone - Ricochet 
God's Green Earth - Tracy Lawrence 
If You Ever Want My Lovin' - Sara Evans 
I've Got A Quarter In My Pocket - Gary Allan 
Turn For The Worse - Kenny Chesney 

Rating: Buy it!

Website Review by Jim Weaver:
Even though it starts off with a Flash Page, you do have the option to skip it, so I am appeased. As for the rest of the site... nice work! The only thing that I consider major that's missing is a photo album for concert pics, fan pics and the like. Otherwise Billy's site is well designed, easy to navigate, has most of the goodies fans want, including a FREE online Fan Club, and it does have plenty of photos of Billy all through it. Give your webmaster a raise!

Rating: Good Job!

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