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Fields Of Carolina

by Tony Rackley

An americana, bluegrass blend of country folk that brings folks like Peter Rowan and Tim O'Brien to mind.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Gotta Believe
3:33 $0.99
2. Sweet Love
3:42 $0.99
3. Fields of Carolina
3:28 $0.99
4. West Pecos Wind
2:24 $0.99
5. Ain't Lookin' Back
3:14 $0.99
6. Sinners Lament
4:04 $0.99
7. My Son
3:14 $0.99
8. Goin' Down to the Country
3:19 $0.99
9. Ain't Gone Enough
2:58 $0.99
10. Shine On Me
2:23 $0.99
11. Cotton Land
4:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tony Rackley has been steadily honing his craft for the last ten years. An accomplished singer/songwriter, tony has spent the last five years in nashville with a publishing deal. He has continually added to his growing legion of fans wherever he's heard. Tony's music can best be described as "Americana". A rich blend of country,bluegrass, folk and roots music.

Tony's latest release "Fields of Carolina", is a collection of beautifully done, well crafted songs with ace players, Missy Raines, Jim Hurst, Aubry Haynie and Rob Ickes. All of them , the best in the Bluegrass field. The title track of the new cd can also be heard on Jim and Missy' new cd "Two" on Pinecastle records.

After coming full circle with his carrer, Tony Rackley has finally found the music he's been searching for. Music that is timeless, music that sparks a fire in your soul. Music thats from the country, but a lot different from what "Country Music" means today!



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compelling, classy accoustic masterpiece
as one listens to this cd he is reaping the harvest of the fields of carolina. A couple hundred years of sun ripened thru and thru american traditional music burst forth from this compelling, accoustic masterpiece. The opening strains of You Gotta Believe inspire the confidence of a glass half full outlook to be followed by Sweet Love's hopeful message. The awe provoking Fields of Carolina conveys the loneliness of a Civil War soldier who is beginning to see the hopelessness of his plight. West Pecos Wind bounces you back to the present with toe tapping flair only to give way to Ain't Lookin' Back's message on worn out love. Sinner's Lament and My Son are personal lamentations of things we should all try to do better while the Goin Down to the Country, Ain't Gone Enough, and Shine on Me lighten up the feel. Cotton Land is a bold statement of a region that has been long associated with hard work and hard living. Overall this cd is a masterpiece by a brilliant songwriter who has given us all a glimpse of the tapestry he sees in the fields of carolina!!!

Joe Ross

Strong, unique, eclectic
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tony Rackley, from South Carolina, performed at the 2001 IBMA Songwriters Showcase and has now assembled an impressive 11-song original collection, with accompaniment by Missy Raines, Jim Hurst, Aubrey Haynie, Rob Ickes and Steven Hill. Rackley's material can best be described as Americana, and it shows strong influences of country, folk and newgrass. His well-crafted songs display strong melodic and lyrical elements. Rackley's material is turning heads, and his song, "Fields of Carolina" has been covered by Jim Hurst and Missy Raines on their album, Two. Songs like "Sinner's Lament" would make a nice addition to a traditional bluegrass band's repertoire, while a song like "Goin' Down to the Country" is soulful newgrass. Bluegrass gospel groups looking for new material should listen to "Shine on Me." Tony Rackley has a great deal of talent and skill, and this album shows that he is equally comfortable with a multitude of acoustic musical genres. His presentation is a strong, unique, ecletic blend.
--by Joe Ross, moderator/reviewer for "Nwbluegrass"