& The Wild River Band
and the Wild River Band
by Lucky Boyd
Okay, you're going to have to stay with me on this one. You see, Kelly Clark, you'll hear all about her in a minute, has this CD that came out in 1996. Okay, she and Karl Caillouet produced it and it's called "KELLY CLARK AND THE WILD RIVER BAND: RAPID TRANSIT." Now, if you remember, Karl is the brother of MTMer Misslette, the Singing Cowgirl. Ah, but you remember The Wild River Band, too. Well, Kelly Clark had the first Wild River Band, which eventually became the current MTM members with some familiar names like Caillouet and Mike Stroup (who played in both versions of the band). Enough genealogy, let's talk about the music. Kelly Clark has a wonderful voice for this sound, which can sometimes be described as part Bluegrass and part Texas Swing. This 1996 version of the group has a more traditional style, especially with the line up of guest pickers like Ron Rebstock and Ron Ohendalski (Owendowski) who I think also ended up working with the new Country version of the band. It's important to note that Clark's voice is picture perfect throughout this disc as her deliveries are enveloped in stellar performances from some of the best pickers in Texas. Recorded at the famous Heights Sound Studio in Houston, Texas, this is the best 9-year old album of the year. If it had been released today, it could stand tall next to anything that's being currently produced. Okay, let's name-drop some more. My good friend Joe Kirkpatrick appears on this album and the opening cut is written by MTM member Gene Neptune. Track 8 was written by Lennon and McCartney. They're not from Texas. If you missed this album in the nineties, shame on you. You can redeem yourself, though…get it today!
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