The newest release from Jerry Bell should again find an appreciative audience, and once again I’m putting in my request for his studio guy to mix Bell’s vocal singing performances more in the forefront.
Bell is a vivid reciter, authentic in tone and content. Works of Colen Sweeten, Pat Richardson, S. Omar Barker, Sunny Hancock (rather than the “Sony Handcok” credited here) and Bruce Kiskaddon are always welcome. Among the songs covered are Tom Russell & Ian Tyson’s “Rose of San Joaquin,” Larry Bastian & Ernest Berghoff’s “Cowboy Bill,” Marty Robbins’ “Old Red,” Ernest & James Schaper and Bill Barwick’s “Don’t Know Much About Waltzin’” and Lucky Whipple’s “Bucking Horse Ballet.” Two worthy Bell originals round it out (“Ride ‘Em Cowboy” and the title track “High Mountain Memory”). Fourteen tracks.
I do like Jerry Bell’s style of delivery in both his spoken and singing modes. Now if we can just get his “mixologist” to let us fully hear him sing…
CD: $15 + s/h from Jerry Bell, 20 Foxtail Lane, Riverton, WY 82501.