new CD out from Charlie Robison titled Beautiful Day
is the best alt/country CD that I have heard in
Charlie Sexton is a very talented guitarist
who makes it better, sparse yet full sound and very
good production. Plus great instrument tones,
balance, not too loud and great dynamics. This is
simply ten great songs. Robison let a divorce turn
into a great country album. His vocals are killer,
as are the emotive backup vocals, great drums and
B-3 by Bukka Allen.
(Keith Gattis) is awesome. It has a powerful
syncopated beat, with a bluesy feel, great
guitar break by Charlie Sexton. These
melodies really get into you.
"Nothin' Better To
Bare) is a great upbeat
country rocker that has a bouncin' groove.
The drummer is really good here, out front in the
mix. This song really shows what a great production
Brocco) You would think that
Robison wrote this as the lyrics sink in.
Some very nice pedal steel. Robison really gets into
the vocals on this song which has a ballad feel.
"But if I tried would you reconsider, reconsider
(Robison) An upbeat country acoustic rocker with
excellent instrumentation. Kevin Carroll plays
electric guitar here, This track will leave
you "Feelin Good Again".
"If The Rain Don't
Stop" - Another uptempo feel good country rocker by
Robison with some great fiddle by Warren Hood and
Carroll on lead guitar again. Nice accordion on this
track as well, and then a surprise segue into
"Middle Of The Night", a bit slower song, now that
the CD with Springsteen's "Racing
in the Street", a really fine version with
all acoustic sounding guitars and B-3.
There is no reason
why one of these songs could not be a top 40 Hit.
The songs are excellent and really sound country,
better than most of the slick stuff coming out of
BTW, really nice
artwork on the
cover, lyrics and liner notes, I like that.
Deep down inside, this mix is warm, has a real
analog feel to it. This is a winner from the get go.
Nothin' fancy, just some great songs, freedom to
play and demons to be exorcised. Music is great