DISClaimer (6/5/09)

brooksdunn-summer150Sometimes the veterans can surprise you.

Just when I thought I might be “over” Brooks & Dunn, along comes a single like “Indian Summer.” They wrote it. They produced it. And it’s the freshest sounding thing they’ve put out in years. Give those vets a Disc of the Day.

Actually, there was quite a bit of refreshingly different music in today’s listening session. For those, like me, who crave the novel and the new, I recommend to your ears the efforts by Trent Tomlinson, Dean Brody, Richie Fields, Gretchen Wilson and Pat Green, in particular.

courtneydashe-airplane150Our DisCovery Award also goes to an innovator. The songs on Courtney Dashe’s debut effort are all self penned and are all admirably individualistic.

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GRETCHEN WILSON/If I Could Do It All Again
Writer: Rivers Rutherford/George Teren; Producer: Blake Chancey & Gretchen Wilson; Publisher: none listed, ASCAP/BMI; Columbia (CDX)
-Outstanding slide guitar work and a cool, thoughtful lyric. As usual, Gretchen nails it vocally. I think this bluesy, midtempo meditation is a gem.

BROOKS & DUNN/Indian Summer
Writer: Kix Brooks/Ronnie Dunn/Bob DiPiero; Producer: Kix Brooks & Ronnie Dunn; Publisher: none listed, BMI; Arista (CDX)
-Produced with crisp precision and mixed perfectly, this sounds terrific. Ronnie’s voice is right out front with a passionate delivery of a wistful story of a Kansas girl gone wrong. This is their finest single in years.

PAT GREEN/What I’m For
Writer: Marc Beeson/Allen Shamblin; Producer: Dann Huff; Publisher: none listed, ASCAP; BNA (CDX)
-A dusty troubadour’s statement of purpose, sung with drawling sincerity by a guy who always sounds like your best buddy.

Writer: Dean Brody; Producer: Matt Rovey; Publisher: Magic Mustang/Oven, SOCAN/BMI; Broken Bow (CDX) (www.deanbrody.com)
-I thought “Brothers” was a great single. Brody’s follow-up is a beautiful romantic ballad with a deliciously melodic chorus. Both the singer-songwriter and super tasteful producer Rovey are on the verge of great careers.

Writer: K. Hunter; Producer: none listed; Publisher: Texas River, ASCAP; Optimus (www.terryallenband.com)
-Muddy and muffled sounding. It was probably recorded live, so everything is kinda bleeding into everything else. The band has talent, however, and the song is solid. Get thee to a real studio.

Writer: Whitney Duncan/Chris Tompkins; Producer: Mark Bright; Publisher: Springfish/Dazahit/Bug/Big Loud Songs/Big Loud Bucks, ASCAP; Reprise
-Simmering sexy summer fun.

RICHIE FIELDS/When You Love Someone That Much
Writer: Martin/Linville; Producer: none listed; Publisher: VB Three/Riddle, BMI; Joint Journey (615-319-1863)
-Propulsive and energetic, with a wonderfully upbeat, positive message. His vocal  rides above the rocking track with admirable force and emotion. This is Richie’s third straight winner, I am happy to report.

TRENT TOMLINSON/Henry Cartwight’s Produce Stand
Writer: Trent Tomlinson/Danny Wells/Mark Kerr; Producer: Leigh Reynolds & Trent Tomlinson; Publisher: Hope-N-Cal/Trent Tomlinson/Songs of Springfish/Songs of Dazahit/Gimme Them Gimme Them/Eleven Katz/Bug/Cal IV, BMI; Carolwood
-Well written and full of dandy visual details. Imaginatively put together. It’s different, and different is good. Hang on for the “testimony” in the finale.

Writer: Courtney Dashe; Producer: none listed; Publisher: Curvebender/Skyline/ICG, BMI; Mad Dashe (track) (www.courtneydashe.com)
-This singer-songwriter makes her disc debut with a six-song EP featuring this lilting title tune. Her voice is a highly listenable, sweet soprano, and her songwriting is strikingly original. Very promising.

Writer: Brittney Lou Reed; Producer: Tracy Wilson; Publisher: none listed, BMI; Brittney Reed (www.brittneyreed.com)
-Vocally piercing, sharp, in your face and somewhat irritating.


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