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With “Friends” like these MS has started you career on a HIGH note!
on July 17, 2014
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.
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