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BOB CHEEVERS –SELECTIONS FROM 50 YEARS: THE BOB CHEEVERS COLLECTION (Howlin’ Dog Records) 5 CD-Set

 

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Bob Cheevers like with one or two more, his music isn't appreciated by as many as it should. Sadly, it is likely more or less to remain that way. While on the positive side he has a hard-core of fans in mainland Europe and the UK that has seen him through more recent times. Cheevers during fifty years making music has seen Memphis during his college days, twenty-five years out on the American West Coast in California working in the pop field, and then sixteen years in Nashville as a journeyman singer-songwriter. For most men that would be enough, but not the incredible never-say-die Bob Cheevers. 

 

Since his time in Music City Cheevers has resided in Austin Texas and adapted to it superbly. Austin has given him a new lease of life. To the degree he had only been there three years, and he was picking up the Texas Music Awards Singer-songwriter Award (2011), and he's continued to record and tour since then. His album Tall Texas Tales pretty much opened the doors to his love affair with the Austin circuit; his carefully measured songs and weathered vocal style have seen fans of Cheevers well served. On some tracks he possesses a distinctive likeness to Willie Nelson on which there is no doubt, but this only strengthens him as an artist! 

     

Bob Cheevers as his bio reads lays claim has covered ten genres with his songwriting, and through the music (and on recalling previous albums) on the ten track sampler I was given to work from to the relief of his fans he doesn’t sway  from what his fans love. His rootsy style and stories as he reflects on musical idols and how life once was in America and new found love of his adopted State ensure his work rarely falters. His albums over the years have always been a good listen, not least due to the depth of his songwriting and careful arrangements.  

 

“Texas Is An Only Child” digs deep Ray Wylie Hubbard fashion as he speaks of his adopted home, and it is accompanied by the likes of the superb reflective story-ballad “Popsicle Man”. Mellow jazz washed ode “In The Early Stages” and with a keener cutting edge, the restless “The Unknown Soldier” are likewise winners. Another not to be missed track is the troubled “Is It Ever Gonna Rain”, but in all honestly I could just as easily pick any one of a score or more as examples of his worth. 

 

Sure, there is a Willie Nelson influence on a few songs, even down to the guitar playing. But that is no bad thing. How his songwriting hasn’t been more used leaves me bemused. I can think of a good many acts that could benefit from looking his way instead of sticking to their own, less capable talent in the songwriting department. As for the title-track of this ambitious project is the newly penned “Fifty Years”; you could not wish for a stronger or more impressive cornerstone to a venture. This as he reflects on his life of fifty years singing the blues, and of how he is still out there searching. Looking for answers. Culled from ten CDs, a small sample of his incredible 3,000 song self-penned repertoire Bob Cheevers is a remarkable talent. He can still cut it, and well capable of showing the young bucks a few pointers.  

 

                                                                        Maurice Hope  

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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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