Justin Honaman - Saturday In
Review By: George
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
deeds never go unnoticed.
Country newcomer Justin Honaman
has a dual purpose in life. He wants to make country music. He
also wants to assist less fortunate people, in particular kids.
The answer was to record a country album, donating 40% of
royalties to a worthwhile cause. The benevolent full time
Coca-Cola exec and part-time country crooner has done just that.
Out with his debut, Saturday In The South! sales will bring
smiles to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Makin' Magic Happen
For Kids Benefit).
The good-hearted benefactor has
backed up his ideals with a cutting album of radio friendly tunes
and ballads, described in his bio as pop country. Call it what you
will – it's good fare. Unlike so many wannabees, Honaman hasn't
relied on hype, hats or buckles to sell his image; he's placed his
trust firmly in the music. There's no mopey tales of lumber yards
and railway tracks, what's here is best tagged new country.
The first album cut is
“Someone Is Missing Her”. It's a hook-driven easy–on-the-ear
melody that, like all new music from new artists, if given radio
spins could be a chart placement. The voice is country, the sound
smooth, and the playing comes pushed along by some of Nashville's
polished session players. This is a neat first up effort, further
proved with cuts like the memory tainted “Longneck Story
Short” and the fiddle lead “Nowhere Fast”. The Neil Thrasher
(who remembers Thrasher Shiver?) co-write with Michael Dulane and
Bob Regan “When The Needle Hit The Vinyl” – a Down Under hit
for Aussie Adam Brand – is a standout toe tapper, and the
self-written football ode “Saturday In The South” confirms
Overall this is a pleasing
effort. Here at CSO we liked what we heard, so please support the
children and give some thought to buying this album.
Good deeds never go unnoticed.