Somewhere Down The Road
A few years on and further down the road finds the release of Chrisâ€™ second album aptly entitled...
â€˜ Somewhere Down The Roadâ€™
A more â€˜sparseâ€™ recording than itsâ€™ predecessor itâ€™s a collection of another 12 songs all written by Chris and co- produced at Shindig studioâ€™s in Coleraine with Kevin Reid.
It is however no less an album! With several up-tempo numbers, a few fox trotâ€˜s and of course a couple of very strong ballads it presents the listener with a very well balanced creation.
Songs like the up-tempo opening country/newgrass and title track â€˜Somewhere Down The Roadâ€™ and then the more 'old style' country song â€˜Another Drinkâ€™ prepare you nicely for the rest of the album.
The philosophical â€˜Roll The Diceâ€™ and the humorous â€˜Whatâ€™s Gotten Into You Tonightâ€™ have a more alt.country style and delivery but blend in perfectly with the good old country dance songs â€˜I Aint Goinâ€™ To Work Todayâ€™ and â€˜Country Truck Driving Manâ€™.
Old Hankâ€™s never too far from the scene either as his influence can be heard on the super tracks â€˜Too Long Goneâ€™ and â€˜If I Just Had the Timeâ€™ while the ballads â€˜Sheâ€™s Leaving Homeâ€™ and â€˜All That I Can Doâ€™ display a warm acoustic style with a gentle plaintive vocal.
The whole album has an over-all acoustic feel complimented with some beautiful twin fiddles and tight vocal harmonies with some really nice guitar/steel and Dobro licks here and there which add a little colour ...
Drums: Tony Phillips / Bass: Clive Culbertson and Jeff Craig /Acoustics: Anthony Toner/ Fiddle: John Fitzpatrick/ Electric guitar,Dobro and Pedal Steel: Al Mc Quilken/ Piano: James â€˜Cloudyâ€™ Henry /Harmonies: Noel Mc Keary/ Electric guitar: Jeff Mc Cooke.
Recorded at Shindig studios. Coleraine 028703 42591
Produced by Chris Mc Lernon / Kevin Reid
A great follow up album to â€˜Hands Of Timeâ€™ and great additions to any set of songs especially as Chris prepares to take to the road with his new exciting band where, he informs me, they will perform a lot of his own material alongside songs from artists who have influenced and inspired him over the years. Songs by Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Chip Taylor, Steve Earle and a few others.
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1. Somewhere Down The Road
2. Another Drink
3. She's Leavin' Home
4. I Aint Goin' To Work Today
5. Roll The Dice
6. If I Just Had The Time
7. Country Truck Driving Man
8. It's Not Easy (getting over you)
9. We Aint Goin' Nowhere (on a merry-go-round)
10. What's Gotten Into You Tonight
11. Too Long Gone
12. All That I Can Do