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FIFTH.HORSEMAN  02/17/2018          
Solid Ground
Album Review
TRUE TEXAS GREATNESS Well, you can count on a magnificently designed album cover to encapsulate even more musical greatness! Calexico meets Texas Full On times Wade Bowen Squared. And then some. Pushed further on inside his journey of artistic evolution, my all-time favourite singer-songwriter did it. Does it. Forever will. Yet again. Catch the authentic true-to-life flavour of If We Ever Make It Home's 2008 immortal greatness in one of my favourite new tracks, 'Broken Glass'. Pure middle of the night sincereness that catches an essence of heart-ache overcome by true passion. Or everyday life, for those who are willing to take the time to live in this very moment. Taking the plunge into the river of life that guides you towards Acuña and catapults you down memory lane as gazing into the eyes of a long lost love that never died. True Texan Soul for the free-spirited. Just follow the flow, folks. Celebrate life after death into life revisited, reborn in song & dance, dedicated to Guy Clark, who's immortal songs were recorded by the likes of Harris, Cash & Nelson. Yep. “Death, Dyin’ and Deviled Eggs, "That'll be 12.98 please, ma'am..." "Or better still, make that 7.30 while we're at it... all drinks on me!" Bask in Calexican rays of mellowness ('Day Of The Dead'), written in the sand by the album producer at hand, Keith Garris. "Prrrrrrrrrrr... hahah..."; indeed. Each track created and nurtured within the confines of the studio, immediately followed by the master recording sessions themselves. There's so much more to this book of musical notes than just a pretty cover. If you like true country-music without false pretences, just pick up this album, and shuffle through the layers with each repeated listen. You won't be disappointed... Needless to say you also should take a peek into past works 'Wade Bowen(2014)' which leads up nicely to another source of sheer songwriting beauty to be discovered inside such evergreen album that is 'If We Ever Make It Home' (2008). Three solid albums that stand the test of time... A time of continuous evolution that is the golden songcraft of this superb true music artist. "Oh, just like that... everything is blessed..." What can I say? Just hop in... enjoy. Full tracklist for 'Solid Ground': 01. “Couldn’t Make You Love Me” (Wade Bowen, Keith Gattis, Audley Freed) 02. “Day of the Dead” (Keith Gattis) 03. “So Long 6th Street” (Feat. Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert) (Bowen, Gattis) 04. “Broken Glass” (Feat. Lucie Silvas) (Bowen) 05. “Death, Dyin’ and Deviled Eggs” (Feat. Jon Randall) (Bowen, Randall) 06. “7:30” (Bowen, Angaleena Presley, Waylon Payne) 07. “Acuña” (Feat. Lucie Silvas) (Bowen, Gattis, Freed) 08. “Compass Rose” (Bowen and Andrew Combs) 09. “Anchor” (Feat. Lucie Silvas) (Bowen and Jeremy Spillman) 10. “Fell in Love on Whiskey” (Bowen and Charlie Worsham) 11. “Calling All Demons” (Bowen and Seth James)


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