Showing posts from May 1, 2011

Review: Rebecca Linda Smith "True Love"

Approaching the new album "True Love" by Rebecca Linda Smith is like stepping back in time to the days when the women of country music boldly and expressively mixed country and gospel to form a blessed union of musical bliss that is sorely lacking in most of the music of today.
The album begins with the title track "True Love" which showcases Smith's hearty country vocals. The opening lyrics build to a rousing melodic and memorable chorus that fires on all cylinders. However, the album's best track by a mile is the masterpiece duet with country music star Marty Raybon titled "Not Knowing Anymore" which is reminiscent of power ballads from the worlds of country music (Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers) and contemporary Christian music (Sandi Patty/Larnelle Harris). The combined voices of Smith and Raybon are musical perfection.

Smith, whose maiden name is Garcia, joined the military to become a linguist but eventually became a Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Mai…

Review: Outshyne "Country Boy In Me"

Playing 180 shows in 2010 helped cement the already sterling musical marriage of five young men from Laurens, South Carolina who are doing their level best to outshine musical competitors like Reckless Kelly and the Randy Rogers Band. The band - called Outshyne - make a credible case for future Texas country stardom with their surprisingly tight 10-song album "Country Boy In Me."
A ridiculously memorable track "Ought To Be A Country Song" will excite any new listener of Outshyne - such as this reviewer. The band more than exceeds expectations with excellent instrumentation and talented lead singer Waylon Owings, whose late father, Kennie, encouraged his musical pursuits. Kennie would be mighty proud of his son and his talented friends Josh Coleman, Jayson Paxton, David McCall and Matt "Smiley" Norris.

Waylon Owings penned the second track "Reckless" which has a great hook and proves that the band can create solid Red Dirt music. The hard rockin…