Woody Guthrie said, "Music must not only be good, it must be good for something." Scott Markley's "BRING ME HOME" is true to that form as his lyrics are meaningful and on task while the performances on the album are the best of what a Texas / Nashville partnership can garner. Markley's true and comfortable voice makes the disc a joy to keep in the player, offering solid delivery to his authorship and projecting a modern country sound with obvious traditional influences. "I'm Just Mending Fences" has the potential of becoming a huge mega-hit. Well-written and poignant with an excellent melody and a great hook. Some disc jockeys might shy away from the 4:17 length, otherwise it could get picked up easily…a good song proves the establishment wrong. Just remember Sony convinced the Dixie Chicks to leave a verse out of the original "Wide Open Spaces," and the Eagle's "Lyin' Eyes" was 6:30 so anything's possible. Without fail, it's my favorite song on the disc. It's emotional and moving, which is rare these days. The balance of Markley's writing is similar in that each song has something to say and he writes some great hooks. Remember this disc at award nomination time. No tongue-in-cheek, no double entendres, and nothing you have to keep the children from hearing. Like powerful yet risk-free Country? This is your next disc.
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