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Western & Country

by Dennis Jay

Twelve original songs plus one public domain song rooted in traditional folk and C&W; produced by Lloyd Maines.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Texas Skies Shining in a Cowgirl's Eyes
2:52 $0.99
2. The Thorns of Your Roses
4:06 $0.99
3. Watch over You Tonight
3:48 $0.99
4. Primicia (Volver a Visitar)
5:22 $0.99
5. Sweet Memory
3:37 $0.99
6. A Picture in My Wallet
4:47 $0.99
7. The Lights of Deadwood
5:34 $0.99
8. South of Seguin
3:48 $0.99
9. Right up on the Edge
5:07 $0.99
10. My Baby's Arms
3:46 $0.99
11. A Cowboy Tune
3:34 $0.99
12. The Gamble
4:14 $0.99
13. Streets of Laredo
3:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
A compelling combination of roots styles—folk, classic C&W, Mexican ballads, and Western swing—inspire the twelve originals and one traditional song on Dennis Jay's new release, Western & Country. Renowned roots/Americana producer Lloyd Maines produced the album and plays on eleven of the tracks. The creative collaboration between Maines and Jay, supported by great Austin musicians, results in a fresh interpretation of these traditional styles. “Dennis Jay has the sort of deep, emotive voice that exudes authenticity…a winner,” declares Jeff Burger, writing for The Morton Report and No Depression.

“Texas Skies Shining in a Cowgirl's Eyes” kicks off the album with a jaunty Western swing original co-written by Jay and Maines. The arrangement is reminiscent of old 78 rpm records, where the vocal appears halfway or three-quarters into the track. What follows is a musical journey through all the aforementioned influences: folk (“Watch Over You Tonight,” “The Lights of Deadwood,” “South of Seguin,” “Right Up on the Edge,” “A Cowboy Tune,” “The Gamble,” “Streets of Laredo”); classic C&W (“The Thorns of Your Roses,” “Sweet Memory,” “A Picture in My Wallet,” “My Baby's Arms”); and Mexican ballads (“Primicia Volver a Visitar”).

Western & Country was recorded at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas, and engineered by Pat Manske. Maines brought on board some of Austin's finest musicians: Richard Bowden and Dennis Ludiker on fiddles, Bukka Allen on piano and accordion, Terri Hendrix on harmonica. Jay plays rhythm guitar and handles all the lead vocals. Lisa Gamache adds her stellar voice to a couple duets (“The Thorns of Your Roses,” “The Gamble”). Rounding out the lineup are Howard T. Levine (lead guitar), Jimmie Scott Calhoun (upright bass), and William Mansell (drums).



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Bethany Braley

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I know I'm not the only music lover out there who still longs to hear quality music that's truly original, loaded with class, and supported by only the most excellent of musicians. With Dennis Jay's "Western & Country," your search is over. This CD has it all; his unique voice, steel guitars, spoons, trumpets, some country flavor, some folk, some western, and even a track to which you'll want to get up and do the stroll. You will never hear Dennis Jay sing and say to yourself, "he sounds like so and so," because he's the rare vocalist with a rich sincere voice who sounds like no one else you've ever heard before. With the exception of one track, all the lyrics are original words by Dennis. This album was produced by legendary steel man, Lloyd Maines, who not only plays inspired steel guitar on most of the tracks, but he's the guy behind the spoons too! Everyone has a few favorite albums that stay in their top ten collection for years. "Western & County" will be on that list for me.