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ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Reeves
A GOOD YEAR FOR BEER
©2011 Independently released
MTM265901
Review by Lucky Boyd
Co-Founder, MyTexasMusic.com

$12.49

If you have read a good number of the hundreds of CD reviews Iíve written, you might know that I have this theory about what it takes to get to stardom in this business. There are a hundred things that must fall into place simultaneously for an artist to become a really big star, and isnít that what most artists want? The smart ones know that stardom is just the icing on a cake built with hard work and a little luck. There are the obvious things like talent, skill, the right equipment, knowing the right people, etc. and there are several dozen not-so-obvious things that must align for an artist in order to experience high achievement. I give you this information because it is rare that any one artist has more than ninety of these things going for them at once. Chris Reeves is right in the middle of the nineties and you need to know why. First, Reeves is a major guitarist. He has become one with his instrument and he winds his way through complex arrangements with little effort. Reeves is in the company of other Texas greats like Big John Mills, Rodney Pyeatt, and Mark Lafon with his stylish and sometimes insane guitar licks. Do not be surprised if this album gets Reeves a second look from the Nominating Crew at the Texas Music Awards. Reeves has lived in the background for a while, axing for fellow MTM members such as Craig Dillingham, Bill Reid, and Jason Allen. Now he steps out into the spotlight himself with a collection of tunes that say a lot about Chris Reeves and his influences. Almost every song on the disc is going to remind you of some comfortable tune you already know; not from the melody, but from the way the songs make you feel. Reeves is able to put such emotion into the performances that you will actually have physiological responses to listening. Surrounded by a host of adept musicians and performing some great songs, both covers and originals, you will find yourself immersed in a brand of country music that defies the pop sounds of todayís Nashville but uses all the technology Music Row has to offer. Expertly produced, the album captures the Texas side of Reeves in a well-developed, masterly performed project. If you want to see a debut album done the right way, here is a great example. Now remember, Reeves is in the nineties and still has a way to go before getting to one hundred. Most artists never get there, and Reeves might not either, but I assure you he will make a great living, please thousands of fans, and be totally satisfied with his career as long as he continues to crank out offerings like this one. Reeves has spent a lot of time making other artists sound great on stage, and we might find that he is most comfortable there. But if he is ready to truly strike out on his own, he will need the perfect debut album. Oh, wait. Heís already got that.

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