Karlsen - Sweet Honky Tonk
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
let it said country music isn’t universal. Take Arly Karlsen.
He’s a good ol’ boy from Norway. That’s a fair pony ride
from Nashville. But that’s not a worry. Karlsen knows
Nashville, having performed there several times, and he loves
his Kenny, Keith, Alan and Toby. He’s not only got a fat black
hat to prove it, but he’s got a singer songwriter’s passion
for career music that’s shaped his life.
on the shelf with his third album, Sweet Honky Tonk, the
talented Norwegian’s ready to build on his career. Well
positioned with several chart fliers, he’s already enjoying
coveted radio spins from Australia to Amsterdam. Stacked with a
slew of independent awards and accolades, including a European
CMA ''Male Vocalist of The Year'', and writing credits with
well-known Hank Cochran, bad boy reformer Billy Don Burns and a
host of other local writers, for a guy who picked up a guitar at
12 but never went solo until 2001, the future is, to steal from
his album title, sweet.
current release, complemented with a clipped accent and an
obvious “feel” for a song, is a hat tip to classic
country. Loaded with a generous 14 cuts, the album rides the
boundary of the familiar and the new, propped nicely with two
duets from Pauline Reese and the popular Pat Roden. Those
respective tracks – “”One Less Honky Tonk” and “If
Teardrops Were Pennies” -- rather than fill, flatter an album
that deserves the industry and fan interest it’s getting.
in Nashville with a band of primed musicians, including
respected guitarist Danny Parks, the album is a meld of piano,
steel, fiddle and mandolin. It all works a treat, especially
when Karlsen applies his smooth baritone charm to “Hello
Darlin;’’ the Harlan Howard classic, “Heartaches By The
Number;” and the Alan Jackson standard, “Walking The Floor
may be a route march from Music Row, but Arly Karlsen knows that
even a world away, the value of a solid video to support a good
song works wonders. Point in question: The Gambler. The hit
Kenny Rogers rode to the chart summit not only enjoys a
Tarantino-like production on AK’s web site, but it’s a
reworked gem here. The moody fan favorite enjoys the Karlsen
stamp – rather than make a clone, the tune engages with
Karlsen’s subtle inflection and delivery.
hit for Ned Miller, "From A Jack To King,” stands tall
with Haggard’s, “Honky Tonk Night Time Man”. Karlsen,
though, doesn’t miss out. He gets writers royalties with three
co-writes on the album set: "My Woman,” “Norway
USA” and “Good All Over Feeling”. “Woman” is a
standard heart-breaker and fits a traditional country mold,
while “Norway” is a multilingual experience reinforcing my
original thought: country music is universal. “Feeling” is a
missing-a-loved-one road song riding a styled Waylon-ish guitar
global village is getting smaller. Country music is moving past
the limited boundaries of Nashville. And it’s about time.
Europe, Australia, Canada and beyond are all now heavy
subscribers to the twang thang. Arly Karlsen, drag up a
chair. Welcome. We’ve saved a spot for you.
To purchase the CD online just click on the album
cover on the left.
1: Hello Darlin’
2: Heartaches By The Number
3: Just For The Love Of It
4: Walking The Floor Over Me
6: My Woman
7: The Gambler
8: One Less Honky Tonk
9: Good All Over Feeling
10: My Rose
11: If Teardrops Were Pennies
12: From A Jack To A King
13: Honky Tonk Night Time Man
14: Norway USA
- Official Site
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