Friday, July 27, 2018

Pure Connie Smith


Connie Smith - Pure Connie Smith I got her Monument album "New Horizons" and it was tacky. I got this earlier album hoping it would be better and it's a great album. I'm glad I gave her Monument material more of a chance. There's only one number I didn't care for and that was "Scrapbook." I wondered if Connie's voice would match with late 70's country music. It took me a song to get used to but yeah she was a great artist who could transform herself with every decade. My favorite numbers are Coming Around, Don't treat me like a stranger, and I don't want to be free. It would be great if someone could put more of her Columbia material on cd.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Bonnie Koloc


Bonnie Koloc - You're Gonna Love Yourself in the Morning I just bought Here's Jody Miller where she sang Roll me on the Water. Then I got this album and found out that it was penned by Bonnie Koloc. Her version's better although I like Jody Miller's. Bonnie's was also a minor hit. Anyway, it was all a strange coincidence as I listened to them days within each other. Bonnie Koloc was a folk singer-songwriter from the 70's. For some reason, all of her albums aren't on cd. I found out about her from the "Folk is not a four letter word" collection. The best song is Roll me on the Water but I also liked You're gonna love yourself in the morning. The album is actually pretty solid with only one clunker Guilty of Rock n'Roll which still found a way to get into my mind.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Here's Jody Miller


Jody Miller - Here's Jody Mary A. Bufwack and Robert K. Oermann's "Finding her voice" (an excellent book on the history of women in country music) said "her best late-period LP was 1977's Ronstadt-influenced Here's Jody Miller." It does like Ronstadt a bit but it's mostly Jody. The highlights on this album are Roll me on the Water, the hit When the new wears off our love, and surprisingly a nice cover of the Louvin Brothers' I don't believe you've met my baby. This would be one of the final albums Jody Miller did for a while. I think all her albums are worth collecting. I like her fusion of pop and country.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Shelly West West by West


Shelly West - West by West Yes, Shelly had a music connection with her mother Dottie but she was talented in her own right. Besides she made albums with David Frizzell before going solo so she worked hard for her success. Her voice is interesting. It's deep and husky. There are two great songs on this album Flight 309 to Tennessee and Jose Cuevro. I normally do not like songs promoting drinking but it was very catchy. The other songs are mostly ballads which she does well.