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It Is What It Is

by Billy Keeble

This new CD filled with 4/4 shuffels and traditional country music.
Genre: Country: Honky Tonk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It Is What It Is
2:37 $0.99
2. Another Bridge to Burn
3:40 $0.99
3. You Don't Care What Happens to Me
3:21 $0.99
4. Holding on to Someone
3:14 $0.99
5. It Wouldn't Hurt
3:47 $0.99
6. Dropping out of Sight
3:31 $0.99
7. Your Still on My Mind
2:58 $0.99
8. You're the One Who Said Goodbye
3:02 $0.99
9. What a Good Time (I Didn't Have Last Night)
3:04 $0.99
10. Pick Me up on Your Way Down
3:04 $0.99
11. Nothing to It
3:46 $0.99
12. The Park Plaza Lounge
3:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
2018 Billy Keeble has been beavering away in Texas for years. His recordings typify the Texas take on traditional country, and it’s hard to believe that he migrated there from his native Tennessee in 1978. He has earned the nickname “Mr Country” and he continually lives up to it. There’s nothing groundbreaking on his latest, It Is What It Is, and nor would I want there to be. The title says it all really, and for anyone who thinks they may as well have stopped the clock with The Cherokee Cowboys when country music reached its absolute zenith, anyone who believes that country records ought really to be back-to-back with shuffles, or anyone who thinks Heart of Texas don’t release enough records to satisfy their cravings, then this is for you.Keeble has a vocal style that is easy on the ear and a penchant for real country. There are a number of covers, and whilst he hasn’t reinvented the wheel, he does make well-worn songs like You’re Still On My Mind, or Pick Me Up On Your Way Down sound like his own, well, like a Texas shuffle anyway, and that’s good enough for me. Another Bridge To Burn doesn’t try and compete with Ray Price’s recording. Rather, Keeble is almost business-like in his laid-back style. In Billy Keeble’s world the dance floor is the king, and even the slightly jazz-injected What A Good Time (I Didn’t Have Last Night) is made for swaying, and the Mexican flavoured Nothing To It not only has a great feel and an irresistible rumba beat but wise words and some Spanish guitar.Park Plaza Lounge is probably the absolute highlight here for me. The chords couldn’t be any sadder and the piano couldn’t be any more honky tonkier. The song has all the characteristics of a truly great cheatin’ song like they don’t make anymore. Throw in a heap of steel and Keeble’s mournful guilt-ridden vocals and you have country perfection. He (and the fiddle player) can also rip your heart out as the one-done-wrong on the gorgeous, slower, Holding On To Someone. Also notable is the two-steppin’ title track, despite a slight resemblance to Uptown, Downtown, (Misery’s All The Same).The fiddle features prominently, as does the steel guitar, and the rhythm section ensures your feet won’t want to remain still. Add to that some proper songs with real melodies and this album is an ‘old fart’s’ dream recording. This album does absolutely everything it needs to. It has nothing to prove. It Is exactly What It Is! I like that, and I like Billy Keeble very much.Duncan Warwick



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