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The lineup of pickers is a who’s-who of Texas music, so there’s no mistake that the musicianship of Foscoe Jones’ “A SONG LIKE THIS” is solid and excellent. Ah yes, Jeff Plankenhorn appears and also helps produce, and there’s Susan Gibson, Michael O’Connor, Richard Bowden, Eldrige Goins, who also helps produce, John Arredondo, Oliver Steck, and our good friend Sterling Finlay. As if that wouldn’t be enough to turn out a fantastic album, there’s an added twist. Yes, things are as they should be. Foscoe Jones is the star of the album. All too often, an impressive list of musicians bookends a lackluster performance by the named artist, but not so in this case. Foscoe Jones is an extremely creative and innovative songwriter, using influences I’m sure he doesn’t even know about. Lyrically, Jones easily eclipses the bulk of famous Tex-a-writers being marketed today by the pseudo-Texan airwaves. His style of writing borders on simplistic, yet Jones is quick to string words together that contradict the typical thought patterns. It is this inimitable and contrary stroking of the musical id that keeps your ear trained on the next stanza. You won’t hear trite or cliché on this album. You will hear a true lyrical artist at work, passionately painting a slideshow of images for the listener. Jones’ voice has a unique quality that instantly comforts the recipient, as he hovers between the stretches of rasp, clear, and that syndrome all bar singers know as “the fourth set gaps.” But it’s Jones’ style all the way. Every track is a treasure, every story is a keeper. Award worthy at every turn, get this disc today!
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