Review: Mark Wayne Glasmire "Life Goes On"

Mark Wayne Glasmire is in his early 50s, has a name that doesn't exactly roll off the tongue and looks like your next door neighbor. Throw all those supposed liabilities in the mix, and Mark Wayne Glasmire is still the best up-and-coming Americana artist in the United States today.

One listen to Glasmire's fantastic new album "Life Goes On" will make you scratch your head and wonder why this mild-mannered, Arlington, Texas singer-songwriter isn't already a household name. The album begins with the beautiful ballad he wrote "True Love Knows," which has an interesting Lonestar meets Darius Rucker sound. The next track, "You Opened My Eyes," has a refreshing contemporary country sound mixed with a vocal style reminiscent of John Denver.

"Shelter From The Storm" has a harder, Texas country edge combined with a winning melody. "Shelter From The Storm" should be released to Texas radio, where it deserves to be a major chart hit. The rockin' country track "Ain't Love A Funny Thing" proves that Mark Wayne Glasmire has the ability to shake a concert hall, and the melodic, bluegrass-style "This Must Be Love" will also be a crowd favorite.

The best song on the album is the current single "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright." It has every element necessary to make it a hit. Mark Wayne Glasmire's vocals are pitch-perfect, the instrumentation is stellar and the song has a memorable (and hummable) melody. Also, the lyrics and overall theme of "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" is socially relevant in these days of mass foreclosures and government bailouts.

The fact that he's not already an Americana music heavyweight doesn't seem to bother Mark Wayne Glasmire. You can feel an inner peace in his voice and in the quiet confidence he exudes on every note of his brilliant new album "Life Goes On." Indeed, Mark Wayne Glasmire deserves a wide audience for his nurturing, feel-good blend of Americana and country music. His music is food for the soul, and you can't ask more from an album than that.