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Richy Rhyne
©2011 Independently released
Review by Lucky Boyd


Sometimes when the voice does the work, there is no need for complex instrumentation.  Thus is the case with Richy Rhyne.  This dozen-cut project features Rhyne’s compositions surrounded with tasteful guitar.  Ryhne’s voice is powerful and true, as ready for country as they come, with a memorable tone that becomes more distinctive as the album progresses.  While a tad long for radio, the title cut contains some of Rhyne’s best lyrical imagery, including the opening line, “Somewhere in the city there lives a little boy; once he learned to walk, he ran away.”  The lament draws the parallel between innocence and the folly of pride that can destroy opportunity.  This is a great disc for Rhyne’s fans.  They will have beautiful renditions of his tunes to hold them over between shows.  This is an intimate release, with Rhyne pouring out some fantastic vocal work.  As a debut, it is certainly worthy of note.  Rhyne will want to get a couple hundred gigs under his belt before releasing a fully orchestrated album.  When he does, it will be time for the big boys to move over and make room for Richy Rhyne.  John Hill did an excellent job of capturing Rhyne’s emotion on the disc.  Fellow MTM member Annie Acton is accredited with the artwork and photography.  Next time, Richy, get her to sing, too.  You can’t go wrong with Annie Acton on your album.  We hope Richy is ready to put the miles down and make the Texas rounds.  When you see Rhyne listed near you, go see him.  You’ll be glad you did.  A strong songwriter and a stellar performer, Rhyne is poised to become a mainstay in Texas music, and just think, you heard it here first.

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