Silverwood - My Side of Town
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
were named the 2004 Deutscher (German) Pop and Rock Band of the
year but their newest album, My Side of Town, is a
delightfully eclectic mix of music (sung in perfect English)
that is certain to appeal to a diverse audience of music lovers
around the world; including country music fans. It isn't
surprising that the Universal Music Group was eager to pull them
under their international umbrella.
Heiko Ahrend, Tix Kovacs, Thorsten Loher and Stefan Franz
comprise the dynamic super group from Germany called Silverwood;
ironically, named after a location in the desert area between
Los Angeles and Las Vegas in the United States where they once
visited. This extraordinary ensemble is as adept at songwriting
as they are singing; in fact, they wrote all twelve songs on
this album. After listening to just one run through it is
easy to understand why they have won "Best Band of the
Year" almost every year since their inception in 1998, from
both the German American Country Music Federation (GACMF) and
the Independent Country Music Federation (ICMF) in Europe.
"Jealous Heart" was the first song to be released from
their new album and, not surprisingly, it went straight to the
number one spot on several European charts.
uniquely, and similarly, talented band could justifiably boast
three lead singers but it is the beautiful Miruna that is most
often featured. However, all of the vocals on this album are a
delight and the instrumentals are equally pleasing. I enjoyed
the entire album but there were a few songs that stood out for
me; one of them was "Pages." This is a really superb
song both musically and lyrically and Miruna has the perfect
voice to deliver it with just the right amount of feeling. It's
a heartrending story about being able to turn back the pages
of time and the melody stayed with me for hours after I turned
off the cd player; this is a simply beautiful song.
the title cut, My Side of Town, Miruna sounds a great
deal like Jo Dee Messina but this particular song would be right
at home on a Shania Twain album. "Pocket Kisses" would
be well received on either pop or country radio since the melody
on this particular song is pleasantly contagious while
"Where Did All the Bluegrass Go," on the other hand,
sounds like it came directly from the hills of Appalachia. The
instrumentals on this cut are especially enjoyable; plenty of
fiddle, dobro, banjo and mandolin give it that authentic
bluegrass sound. Heiko Ahrend wrote this song and he also takes
the lead vocals on this cut. Ahrend has a great voice and you
would think you were listening to someone who was raised in the
southern United States, not Germany.
soon as the piano introduction on "Good Morning My
Love" started I felt a wave of nostalgia wash over me. I
was truly blessed to have a grandmother who made sure I listened
to plenty of "big band" albums as I was growing up and
this enjoyable song would have, no doubt, been recorded by
someone like Rosemary Clooney. This is simply a delightful
composition of cadence and libretto and Miruna delivers it with
an authentic reminiscence. It was definitely one of my
and Willy" is a truly contagious toe-tapper. It is
impossible to sit still while listening to this song and the
same is true of "You Won't Turn to Me." Tix Kovacs is
the lead vocalist on this cut and Ahrend, who also wrote this
song, joins him for the vocal harmony. By this point in the
album it is crystal clear why Silverwood has won so many awards.
may reside on another continent but they are knowledgeable
entertainers with their fingers on the pulse of the music
business world wide. When asked what she would change about the
music business if she could change anything, Miruna's astute
response was that she would "make the music industry be
about the music and not about the industry."
And what message would she send to her fans?
hope to see you all at our concerts. Bring your hearts with
you" and after a heartfelt thank you for the support she
adds, "the stage is our bread, music is our water but your
applause is our air to breathe." I think there's a country
song in there somewhere and, if there is, I'm confident it will
be on the next album.
they began their musical career in 1998, they aspired to
"add new standards to the European Country Music
scene" and after listening to their latest album, I'm
certain that is a goal they easily achieved and have far
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