- Love & Heartache
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, CSO
Senior Staff Journalist
got you down? Kids driving you crazy? Overwhelmed by the hectic pace
required to simply survive these days? Know all about love and had
just too dang many heartaches? Looking for that miracle cure for
whatever ails you? Well, look no further than the new album from
Gaylynn Robinson; Love & Heartache.
Robinson wrote all ten tracks and, as
with her previous album, she demonstrates that her incredible talent
isn’t limited to singing. She is an innovative songwriter who has a
knack for writing simple, yet profoundly impacting, lyrics that are
so in sync with the music that you can’t help but feel them. She has
also perfected the cornerstone of great country music; she excels at
the “they are singing my life songs.”
Once again she delivers a nice balance
of boot scootin’ toe tappers and easy glidin’ two steppin’ music. It
is also clear that Robinson surrounds herself with only top-notch
musicians so there are plenty of great instrumental riffs on this
album that make it difficult to not get up and dance around the
room. Just try to sit still on “Whoa, Whoa.” Go ahead, I dare you.
You can’t. I guarantee it. This bluesy number is so amazing.
Robinson delivers the lyrics with so much spunk and triple kudos to
all the musicians on this album. Awesome. Simply awesome. Extra
kudos to Bobby Flores, who not only did a fantastic job on
the production, he definitely took it to another level with his
guitar, fiddle, and mandolin playing.
Trying to select a favorite tune proved
futile since I enjoyed them all but “Call Back My Heart Texas Moon”
effortlessly transported me to a virtual honky tonk where Bob Wills
fans would feel right at home and I admit it, I couldn’t stop
hitting replay on “Whoa, Whoa.” On the other hand, “Keeper of the
Flame” has this really great Tex-Mex melody and I loved the words.
But then, “Repeat Offender” is such a great story song and there is
also “Poor Girl” which is a kindred spirit to “Fancy,” one of the
songs that secured Reba a spot on the Opry Stage; a place
where Ms. Robinson would be right at home, by the way. Bottom line
is that I’m confident there is something for everyone on this album.
In her previous album, Songs by a
West Texas Songstress, Gaylynn Robinson did her native Texas
proud and gave them plenty to brag about. With her newly released
Love & Heartache, bragging rights are once again in order. The
ten tracks on this album are a delightful musical prescription
guaranteed to lift your spirits, sooth your soul, and will prove to
be just what the doctor ordered.
Click on the CD cover to order yours!