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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Bette Midler sang “You’ve gotta have friends………………..” But when this 19 year old country singer who honestly – I have never heard of before this CD arrived for review – say shehas “friends”, she means it. This are country music legends who don’t even need last names (though, unlike some hip-hop performers, they do have them). When I say Loretta, Willie, Tanya, Merle, Lynn, Ronnie, Vince and Ray, you know who I mean. The only “friend” you might have a problem with is “Neil”. No it’s not McCoy (he spells his name Neal) and this Neil is not country. It’s Neil Sedaka, who joins Mary Sarah on the only non-country song among the 10 tracks that form the “core album”. When did “Where The Boys Are” become country? There are really 13 tracks on the 44-minute album with the last three (including one with Big & Rich, One with the album’s Executive Producer and a solo on Brenda Lee’s hit, “I’m Sorry”

Mary Sarah has some voice and she replicates the legendary ladies of classic country nearly note for note. Whether it’s Patsy, Dolly, Loretta, Tanya or Tammy (again, you know who I’m referring to). What’ll be really interesting is to watch for her follow-up album with songs we can’t all sing by heart. The voice is there; the future will be in her not being a “cover act” for female classic country singers. I’m pulling for her.

The six-page color foldout inside the jewel box has photos of MS with her friends , a track list, the musicians on each of the three sessions (where groups of three or four of the tracks were laid down) and TWO pages of “thank you”’s in minuscule type face. The one thing that is missing – in my opinion – is a bio of MS. Honestly I still don’t know much about her (I guess I could co to her website) but I do like what I’m hearing here.

One last comment. If Top40 country radio hooks on to Mary Sarah it may mean that they will actually put Willie, Merle and Dolly back on the radio. These days they only get played on "Americana" (usually non-commercial radio stations. That would be a bonus, in my opinion.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It is normal for a new singer to begin with an album of their own; even those who start as part of a duo, group or band usually start with a solo album when they first break away. I can't think of a precedent where a newcomer records a selection of songs with a whole series of star guests. The only solo track is I'm sorry, the old Brenda Lee classic, but given what else is here, I wonder if the original intention was that Brenda Lee would join in too. Brenda is alive and well despite fake rumors to the contrary, which is the important thing, but she isn't here.

So we get 12 duets and one solo track, although some of the guests feature more prominently than others. Another curiosity is the inclusion of Neil Sedaka (writer of Where the boys are) rather than Connie Francis (who, like Brenda Lee, is alive and well despite fake rumors to the contrary) but Neil does a great job, modifying the lyrics he sings appropriately.

I was surprised to find that she had chosen The fighting side of me from all Merle Haggard's vast selection of songs. I found out that Mary Sarah had been performing it in concert, and that her fans love it, so fair enough. As with Willie Nelson and Ray Price, Merle's voice is past its peak, but still holding up remarkably well. Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker and Lynn Anderson are still in great form too. The only slight disappointment is that I couldn't hear Vince Gill clearly.

Mary Sarah is a fantastic singer, but where does her career go next? I look forward to finding out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2014
This 19-year singer Mary Sarah has grown into such an amazing singer with her vocals and not to mention that track after track she nails it. Mary Sarah will continue to grow and be successful as an artist. One that is for sure to be remembered for years to come. I'm excited for this young girls future.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2014
Bridges is an Amazing album & delivers in a Big way! This is my favorite album. Each song on this album is a Classic! Love how Mary Sarah bridges the past with the present & the harmonies with each legend is Amazing! This will be on repeat. Mary Sarah has an Incredible voice & is already my favorite singer. Looking forward to the future of Mary Sarah. She should be Country Music's next Superstar!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2014
Congrats to Mary Sarah!! It is refreshing when a young artist embraces the foundations of the music she chooses to perform. This very talented young woman gives me confidence that style of Country music that I love will be honored and carried into the future by the next generation of stars which Mary Sarah is sure to be. Do yourself a favor. Buy this CD and realize the future of real country music is as bright as the star that will be singing it, Mary Sarah!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2014
She has lovely voice, complimented her duet partners, is very versitile.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2014
Mary Sarah explodes onto the music scene. She soars with a voice that proves a match for the worlds best country singers. It has been too long a wait to have a new talent of Mary Sarah's calibre appear. If you don't own it yet buy it now! Don't be foolish!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2014
This CD is beautifully done and this young lady has pure God given talent. What a great idea to 'Bridge' some of these older songs with new fresh talent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2014
I've been keeping an eye on Mary Sarah ' s music for some time. She has a God given talent and knows how to use it! What a huge honor for her to sing w all the country greats! She's that good or I assure you they wouldn't have done it. Keep doing what you're doing MS! God Bless your hard working soul! New Artist of the Year ...my money is on you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2014
Well just when it seemed good ole Country was going away, this young gal just came and saved it! A great LP with soaring vocals and top notch production. It revives the Classic and makes them shiny and new again!
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