For the genuine country music lover there's something about a great country song that flirts with the soul. There are thousands upon thousands of great country songs in Nashville that have never been heard. Our hope is that these songs will find there way into the hearts and lives of those who love real country music; because without you there would be no reason to write it.
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Brad Martin, Lee Ann Womack, Pam Tillis, Joe Diffie, Martina McBride, Deana Carter, Lorrie Morgan, Tracy Lawrence, George Strait, George Jones, Tammy Wynnette, Patty Loveless, Montgomery Gentry, Kenny Chesney, Conway Twitty, T. Graham Brown, Neal McCoy, Ricky Van Shelton, John Michael Montgomery, Gary Allan, Blake Shelton, Sawyer Brown, Oak Ridge Boys, Skip Ewing, Randy Travis, etc...
NASHVILLE: THE BEST YOU'VE NEVER HEARD - PRESS RELEASE
Great songs mark the chapters of our lives.
They excite us and ease us through the pains of first love, loneliness, jealousy, guilt, divorce and death. They take us sweetly back through nostalgia, then propel us on dreams into the ideal future. When nothing else lifts our spirits, a song recalled from happier times always does the trick. "The Dance," "For The Good Times," "Help Me Make It Through The Night," "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "Crazy," "The Impossible"--these are the true magic carpets.
In this album are 12 more songs for the long run. You hear them and you're hooked. "Emmaline" seats us beside a coal-truck driver who's desperately scheming to leave his wife for another woman. "From Your Knees" is a fiddle-drenched cry from the heart of a man who has made just such a mistake and now watches his world tumbling down around him. "You Ought To Be Watching You Go" is one of the saddest divorce songs ever, tinged with just enough bitterness to make it real. Also saturated with the pain of separation, "If It's The Last Thing I Do" reveals a heart so broken and a hurt so raw that oblivion seems the only remedy.
Powered by an irresistible western swing delivery, "Appearing At A Honky Tonk Near You" invites us out to dance and drink our miseries away. But if one or two hard partying evenings on the town fail to do the job, then maybe it's time for us to take up permanent residence in "Honky Tonkville," a refuge where the signs say "No Limits." Dark and gothic as a Faulkner story, "Montgomery Ward" chronicles the descent of a man driven mad by betrayal and abandonment. "I've Seen It All" invites us to watch a rerun of our misspent lives. "The Boys of 44" snaps a heart-felt salute to the time-faded heroes of World War II.
On a much brighter side, "I'd have to Fall"conjures up that one perfect moment of love that takes us so high we're looking down on Heaven. Need some comic relief after all this emotional heaviness? There's plenty of it in "Keep On Truckin'," a talking blues saga that dangles us between the feather bed of what we want and the rock wall of what we've got.
Every country album needs a rousing old-time hymn to focus our thoughts on things eternal. And, boy, does "Over On The Other Side" fill that bill! With its gospel piano intro and surging, high-spirited vocals, it ferries us straight and safe toward Gloryland.
If these songs are so good, you may ask, why hasn't Alan or Tim, Shania or the Chicks recorded them? The short answer is that there are far more songs written than there performers to sing them. But there's a long answer, too. And here it is: At any one time, there are about 200 artists signed to the major country music record labels. Let's say that half of them release a new album during a given year. At 12 songs an album, that comes to 1,200 new (or newly recorded) songs a year. Of these, the labels will send only 250 to 300 to radio stations to be played as singles. These are the ones you'll get to hear.
Now consider this: The Nashville Songwriters Association alone has over 4,000 members. Thousands of other writers aren't members. However, if just these 4,000 writers compose one song each a month, then you've got 48,000+ new songs a year trying to squeeze through a "pipeline" that can handle only 300. When you add to this huge annual crop the hundreds of thousands of songs written during the years before and which are still waiting to be recorded, then you can see why so many magnificent and potentially life-changing songs go unheard.
Thank you for listening to these.
Phyl-Wood Records Â©2003
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1. From Your Knees
2. I've Seen it All
3. I'd Have to Fall
5. Montgomery Ward
7. If It's the Last Thing I Do
8. Appearing at a Honkytonk Near you
9. You Oughta Be Watching You Go
10. Keep on Truckin
11. The Boys of 44
12. Over on the Other Side