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Review by Lucky Boyd
From the opening cut, it’s evident that Charlie Bishop was influenced by great Texas performers. Bishop is a talented songwriter who has used those influences in a most exquisite way. One of the attributes that is usually lacking in today’s music is a sense of independent thought. Charlie Bishop has created a unique sound for himself that is not ‘exactly like’ anyone else you’ve heard. Oh, sure, you’ll be reminded of Jerry Jeff a little and a couple of other greats will come to mind, but you will quickly be able to distinguish Bishop from the endless parade of country singers who try to imitate instead of ingratiate. As a songwriter, Bishop does it from the heart, with experience and life as his guide. The project is a great collection of Texas talent including fellow MTM members Bodie Powell (bass) and Jay Sims (producer). You’ll love “Tastes Like Chicken” and “I Don’t Ride Buses” as they put an amusing grin on your face, but one of the most entertaining cuts of the disc is “I Don’t Play George” which chronicles a situation every bar performer has experienced; being asked to play certain cover tunes. The best cut is the title cut which is well-written, expertly performed, and showcases Bishop’s innovative traditionalism.
Tracks: 10; Written by Charlie Bishop (BMI); Appearing: Tracy Martin, Chris Witten, Arty Passes, Tim Nolan, Fred Krc, Bodie Powell, Cathrine Burton; Produced by Jay Sims; Engineer: Ben Blank; Disc: replicated, 2 color face; jewel case, 4/2 panel insert, full color cover, with light liner notes. Running time: approx 30 minutes
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