Carolyn Martin – Wild West Texas Wind.Review CD By Mike Gross

Carolyn Martin - Wild West Texas Wind(CD)
Carolyn Martin - Wild West Texas Wind(CD)

Carolyn Martin has another wonderful new CD and again it should be another hit CD. On this album Carolyn is on vocal and guitar and again surrounds herself with many talented musicians who are heard throughout this CD on various cuts.

The steel guitarists heard are Mike Sweeney, Chris Scruggs, Eric Lewis, Tommy Hannum and Johnny Cox. Rory Hoffman plays guitar, accordion and piano and also helps on harmony vocals. Jerry Krahn is also heard on guitar as is Don Carr. Carolyn’s husband, Dave Martin is heard on bass and percussion. Also on percussion is Bobby Dellarocco. On the drums are Ray Von Rotz, Nick D’Virgillio and Tommy Wells. Wanda Vick, Hoot Hester, Aaron Till and Paul Kramer play fiddle. The background and harmony vocals are also done by Carolyn, Eric Lewis, Nora Jane Struthers and Rachel Hester. Phil Naish and Walt Cunningham also are heard on piano.

This album opens with Across the Alley From the Alamo, a classic from the big bands, Western Swing and the Mills Brothers. Carolyn also beautifully does the western classics, Red River Valley, Patsy Montana’s Cowboy’s Sweetheart and Charles Badger Clark’s Spanish is a Loving Tongue. Album fiddle player Paul Kramer wrote Yodeling in My Sleep. There is a remake of the Peter Copper hit and composition, Wine and the mid 1940s Western Swing classic Detour a hit for Spade Cooley, Elton Britt and Wesley Tuttle. Also included are wonderful versions of pop standards Fever, from the Peggy Lee book, Julie London’s 1955 hit Cry Me a River and Les Paul and May Ford’s classic hit Vaya Con Dios. There are also two Carolyn Martin originals, both headed for the charts, Wild West Texas Wind and You Can’t Take Texas Out of the Girl. There are also Western standards, Wayward Wind from both Tex Ritter and pop music’s Gogi Grant and Kennedy and Carr’s South of the Border, originally from Gene Autry and Western music and later a pop music standard. The final two cuts are from Emily Katz and Dave Pomeroy, The Day the Bass Players Took Over the World and The Day the Bass Players Took Over the World Western.

The album can be ordered for $18 ($15 plus $3 shipping) from www.carolynmartinmusic.com

Mike Gross, KSEY-FM, Seymour, TX & KTNK-AM, Lompoc, CA
June 2, 2018

Across The Alley From The Alamo
Red River Valley
Yodeling In My Sleep
Fever
Wild West Texas Wind
Cry Me A River
Wayward Wind
Vaya Con Dios
The Day The Bass Players Took Over The World
Cowboy’s Sweetheart
Wine
Sphanish Is The Loving Tongue
Detour
South Of The Border
You Can’t Take Texas Out Of The Girl
The Day The Bass Players Took Over The World Western