Fritsch: Self-Titled Debut
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
can be a risky business, country music. Just ask Todd Fritsch.
Sounding like the strains of a country song, a bungled robbery
happened as Fritsch and his band left a Houston, Texas, recording
studio earlier this year. Fritsch, of Willow Springs, Texas, and
his band were out after dark rehearsing for upcoming shows.
was pretty scary, “said the 24-year old at the time. “I saw
them running at us, and I thought it was strange.” But the event
didn’t deter the shrewd singer, who’s now touring and
promoting his album; he threw the band’s pay-packet into his
drummer’s truck. The daring robbers escaped with only $64.
Fritsch must have known: It’s one thing to suffer for your
music, and it’s another to suffer while starving.
given the current interest of fans and media, Fritsch and company
can rest easy. There’s little chance of starvation. This real
ropin’ and herd-pushin’ cowpoke – he helps run the family
cattle ranch when he’s not performing – is ready, more than
ready, for his shot at fame. Starting out at 13, and encouraged by
family and friends, Fritsch, who counts Strait and Haggard as his
main influences, has been waiting, as he tells in his liner notes,
“For a long-time…completing this album has not come soon
obvious enthusiasm and commitment to his music is infectious. Just
like the album. Primed with 12 tracks, 4 bearing Fritch’s
moniker, the album is a mix of honky-tonk revelry, probing
ballads, and shuffles made for hard floors. And it’s not half
off with “I Got Mexico,” Fritsch brands the reworked song with
attitude and flair, sure to please those who remember the tune as
a 1984 ground-breaker for Eddy Raven. “Small Town Radio” may
be a tale of understatement and simplicity, but the marketing
behind the song is big. The track recently went out to all major
and minor radio stations in Texas. The strategy worked, as,
currently, the cut comes well-placed on the Texas Music Chart.
tunes that work well, if you want to rearrange the furniture and
annoy the neighbors, include “Memory Do Your Thing.” It’s a
misery kicker revisiting better times, while “Friends Behind
Bars” is a rocking concoction introducing us to smooth-talking
Johnny Walker and mean-spirited Jim Bean, available mates to ease
the hurt when love leaves. “Bob Wills Song” is a
hit-the-floor-dancin’ fiddle-rich and piano-drivin’ sawdust
mover. It’s a killer track.
the slower cuts, tracks like the cold awaking as heard on “I Don’t
Live Here Anymore,” or the power of devotion played out on “You
Know I Would,” or the certainty of fate and love colliding on
“First Date (For The Last Time),” Fritsch reveals sensitive
understandings. “Cowboy Legacy” continues that established
mood with a respectful hat tip to singing cowboy Chris LeDoux.
LeDoux, a respected face and voice in rodeo-riding and country
music, died in March this year from the complications of liver
need grit to make it in music. It’s a risky business. But
Fritsch has character and courage; a point well-proven when
dealing with his would-be robbers. To his cowboy persona, he now
adds a great band, catchy tunes, and a voice that reaches beyond
the bunkhouse with tales of love and loss.
and a note to gun-toting robbers with ideas. You won’t have to
steal this. It’s readily available in most CD outlets.
The CD Now!
Fritsch song list:
1: I Got Mexico
2: Small Town Radio
3: I Don’t Live Here Anymore
4: Memory Do Your Thing
5:Dancin’ In The Rain
6: You Know I Would
7: Friends Behind Bars
8: Corpus Christi Callin’
9: Bob Wills Song
10: First Date (For The Last Time)
11:Walk Softly On The Bridges
12: Cowboy Legacy (Tribute To Chris LeDoux)
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a "Real People Review"
Excellent Country record! In a world of cookie cutter
phony cowboy posers... Todd Fritsch is a real hard working cattle rancher by day
and Honky-Tonker by night, and his song selection is world class!
This Young Cowboy is on the right track for success and can sing and write
~ E. Cunningham - Los Angeles, CA
I absolutely love Todd
~ Rick R.