Donald Fuller - The Texas
Review By: George
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
at CSO we get our fair share of music from wannabee hopefuls. And
to be honest some of it is mediocre, some plain bad, some good and
a tad, a small offering, better than good.
What a surprise The Texas
Twister, the debut release from Donald Fuller, is. Out on the
appropriately tagged Honky-Tonk-Blue-Collar Redneck Records label,
the album is a solid mix of sobs, laughs and hum-alongs. And while
the spotlight will shine brightly on new talent Fuller, a good
hard look at the liner notes reveals a need to share the applause.
Jerry Hunter has written or co-written all of the 14 tracks.
While Fuller has the bent, chops
and vocal puff to pull a song together, and he does it well here,
a song’s lasting impact comes found in the words. Jerry Hunter
can write. His words and Fuller’s open and honest voice make for
a tight collaboration. These two Texas mates have struck a winning
It’s worth a second mention
– Hunter can sure write a tune. The album is brimful with
nuggets which, with a little exposure and needed airplay, could
find their way to the minefields of radio. A tough and tender
standout is the opening cut, “When I Hear There She Goes (I Fall
To Pieces)”. Crafty use of classic song titles weaved around the
heartache of a replaced corner jukebox proves the talented
Fuller/Hunter combo works. But don’t put the Kleenex away just
yet. Listen out for the weeper, “Does Anyone Remember My
Daddy?” The fiddle-soaked tale of a desperate child pining for a
missing-in-action dad, hoping to connect over the Internet with
anyone who knows him, is A-grade country.
For balance, “Callin’
Dr.Phil,” and “Bubba Louise” showcase Hunter’s comedic
pen. Hunter’s take on Oprah’s relationship guru is wickedly
clever, as we hear of how a guy loses his girlfriend – to his
wife! And “Bubba Louise” is a politically incorrect swipe at
surgical gender error on a guy who’s traded overalls for a
low-cut dress and waxed legs. Um, err, different.
Sanity and rockier moments come
with “Riginal Recipe”, the thumping “My Train Of Thought
(Keeps Jumpin’ The Track)”, while the fiddle-led title track
also keeps the toes moving.
A final nod needs to go to the
band. They made it happen. The guys pulled in tight on the
Fuller/Hunter offerings and delivered keenly.
Bad. Good. Better. Best. Here at
CSO, we put the Twister in box four.