Willmon certainly has a way with words and his talent for writing isn't
limited only to song lyrics as he cleverly illustrates on the song title
of track two on his self-titled, debut album. The full title is
"Dixie Rose Deluxe's Honky Tonk, Feed Store, Gun Shop, Used Car,
Beer, Bait, BBQ, Barber Shop, Laundromat." After listening to the
album through a couple of times, I realized that this song title isn't
just a title; it is an appropriate analogy for the creative community
and environment that gave birth to this latest
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Willmon co-wrote on seven of the songs on this album and they are all good but his marvelous flair for writing catchy lyrics, and delivering them with whatever emotion is appropriate, is exemplified on the only song on this album that he wrote by himself, "Medina Daydreaming." There's some heavy duty heartache there and you don't just hear it, you feel it. Willmon is definitely a refined entertainer. His lyrics reflect the integrity and honesty of traditional cowboy poets like the legendary Red Steagall. On the slow ballads his passionate delivery is on a par with some of the true legends of country music while on the up-tempo tunes he is equally as skilled as the dynamic Big and Rich in delivering an over-the-top punch but without any of the rebellious or offending (to some) attitude.
has been quoted as saying, "I've never really fit in
anywhere," but my guess is that he is going to fit in just fine in
subscribes to this philosophy of success: "Work your ass off doing
something you love. If you can make a living, that's more success than
most will ever have. No one owes you anything. Trust in God, work hard
and live - it beats the alternative."
I just know there's a song in there somewhere and it sounds like a number one hit to me.
Rating: BUY IT!
Trent Willmon - Debut CD track list:
Real People Reviews
will be a big star, "Beer Man" is my song. He's in the same boat
with George Strait, George Jones and Alan Jackson, you will love this
I'm 58 years old and grew up listening to the "Opry" and other country stations for a long time. Several years ago I grew tired of the "hat acts" and listened to soft rock for a few years. Trent has developed a package of experience and talent that will soon open doors to even the most reluctant DJs in any market. He is so very real and cordial to his audiences. Many other acts better keep their rear view mirrors clean so that they can ease over and let the real deal pass.
I love Trent Willmon's CD. In fact, my 83 year old grand-ma listens to it constantly as well as my 6 year old daughter. His music hits home with anyone and everyone form any situation. Every song on this CD is a testimony to great song writing and singing talents! Trent has real staying power and is a long over-due addition to the country music family!
What a great review! Thanks for recognizing this unique and very talented artist. I personally give the album a top rating, and believe that it is an exceptional first album. I'm looking forward to hear a lot more from him!
Loved the CD, good down to earth country singer!!
I have talked with many regarding this artist and we all feel the same way. George Strait can now retire and let someone else carry on the country music tradition! I am a huge George Strait fan and I absolutely love Trent Willmon! He is a great performer. The CD is great! He said he wanted a CD where all of the songs are liked and I think he has it on his first album. Not many new singers can do this!
Love the cd...all songs rock...but I have to say that my all time favorite..is every now and then....and I love Medina Daydreamin....oh well I like them all..what can I say...I am a fan for sure....
I LOVE this album! Not a single song is "just so-so."
Every single one could be a radio single. It's so