Gearing - Maybe
here at CSO get so many Indie CDs sent to us all the time it's
unreal. Some of them are good, some are really bad, most lie
somewhere in between. But every now and then I get one in the
mail that I've actually been looking forward to hearing, and
this one did not disappoint.
Ashley Gearing is
back with a terrific new CD titled Maybe It's Time, and
look what happened... she grew up! OK, technically she's not an
"adult" yet, but the little girl is gone and an
extremely talented young woman has emerged.
The last time we
heard from Gearing, her song, "Can You Hear Me When I Talk
To You", made chart history in 2003 by making her the
youngest person to ever chart a song at the ripe old age of
12. The album that we all wanted to hear when she was
under the wing of Disney never materialized but hey, past is
past, now is now, and the future is wide open for young Ashley
Before we get
into this new CD I have to share a little story with you; As I
get older, and for some reason more sentimental, I've noticed
there are some songs that I just can't listen too without
getting a little choked up, "Can You Hear Me When I Talk To
You" was one of those songs. When the song charted back in
2003 I was working as a country music radio jock at ABC Radio
Networks in Dallas... If this particular song came up in
rotation and I had to talk after it, I would move the song to a
position that I didn't have to talk after because that stupid
lump wouldn't let me do it. The other day before I got the new
CD, I was listening to some of the
music on Ashley's MySpace site and there was that song again! And
yes, it happened again, big lump... silly eh? I don't know how artists
sing some of these songs without breaking down in the middle of
it. There's something to the old "tear in your beer"
saying in country music isn't there.
On to the album, I
was just looking over the CD liner notes and reading who wrote
the songs and suddenly it struck me, now I know why these songs
are so good... look at the talent that wrote them! Stephanie
Bentley, Victoria Shaw, Brett James, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Marty
Dodson and many more, it's like Who's Who of Hitmakers! Then you
add the natural talent and ability of Ashley to deliver this
primo material, no wonder this album is so good!
Ms. Gearing had a
hand in writing the last cut on this CD titled "Maybe It's
Just The Moon", it just happens to be be one of my favs,
and I expect we'll see a lot more of that "writing
thing" in the many years of music to come out of this young
lady. She also does a really nice job of covering Bobbie
Gentry's "Ode To Billy Joe". Out of the remaining 9
cuts on this CD, some of thos e that jumped off the disc at me
include; "Back To Blue", "Sunday
Paper", "I Found It In You" and "Don't
It Feel Good".
Bottom line, a
sonic bargain at twice the price.
To purchase the CD online click on
the album cover.
1. I Found It In You
2. Too Bad You're No Good
3. Love Has a Life of its Own
4. Maybe It's Time
5. Out There Somewhere
6. Ode to Billy Joe
7. Sunday Paper
8. Back To Blue
9 .Don't It Feel Good
11. Maybe It's Just The Moon
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