another year has literally flown bye here in the world
of Country and Americana music. It was another
interesting year with lots of good stuff.
took about six weeks off to review some boutique
pedals, just wanted to do something different and
being a guitar player myself, I thought it would be fun
and quite honestly, it was. I compared a Homebrew CPR
"Retro" compressor pedal vs the classic two knob Keeley
compressor. Compressors give you some sweeter tones and
some interesting effects, especially good for country
music. I compared the pedals using different amps,
speakers , headphones and also taking them to play at
the church I play at, which has a very good sound
system. In the end, The Keeley won out, because it gave
more compression than the Homebrew, plus it was much
better at thickening notes during a lead passage. Both
pedals were very good, the Homebrew was more of an
affordable pedal, yet still very nice tone, just note as
good as the Keeley. I also reviewed an Eden Analog
Nashville hot boost. This is a very good pedal for
country players, it is somehow country voiced, just hit
the pedal and you get that twang and hot sound of a
country guitar, this is another pedal I would highly
recommend. Also, thanks to Theo Hartman and Analog Mike
Piera for their help in info about pedals. This review
took up more time than I had hoped, but it was a fun,
Well, taking a look at
the music from last year, most of my top ten
is Americana and Bluegrass, not too much in the way of
Nashville country. Personally, I think it is time for
something new in the country field, I think the music
has grown stale in a lot of ways and too pop sounding.
But, with the computer and Internet, plus satellite
radio, there is no shortage of music.
Moorer did a very good CD of
Springfield songs called Mockingbird. I
Another Country, a very interesting CD of great
songs, she moved to Paris for a couple of weeks and just
played and wrote music. The result was very good. I
new country singer named
April Taylor, who had a sound out of the 70s with
some very good country guitar.
Mason (top studio guitarist in Nashville) and his
brother Randy made a very good CD called Smoking
Section which was mostly instrumental. I really
new CDs by bluegrass gals Carrie Hassler and
Melonie Cannon of Rural Rhythm Records. Second CDs for
both of them and they were both very good.
Womack both had great traditional sounding
My Top Ten;
Sleepless Nights - Patty Loveless: Loveless
continues to put out hi
country music with her hubby Emory.
2. And The Wheels
Melonie Cannon: Cannon's second CD is promoted
better by her new label "Rural Rhythm".
3. Smoking Section
- Brent and Randy Mason: Brent and his brother Randy put
together a great selection of songs from swing to
4. Through The
Windows of A Train -
Blue Highway: A great selection of songs from
this contemporary bluegrass group
5. Two -
Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain:
Hassler's second CD is great, taking off from
where she left at the end of her last CD.
Me Crazy - Lee Ann Womack: Womack delivers
the goods on a slow set of tearjerkers with a rich
7. Another Country
- "Tift Merritt: Very creative selection of personal
8. Wheels - "Dan
Tyminski": Tyminski has an excellent set of
bluegrass material that sounds a lot like AKUS.
- "Allison Moorer": Selection of Dusty Springfield
Mountain Heart: The group does a live set of
their songs from The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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