Tanner Young - Classic Country, Gospel & Oldies

CD REVIEWS





Country Music News International Magazine 
March 2015 Issue


Tanner Young  -  A LITTLE MORE COUNTRY
Highway 40 Blues - Made In Japan - The Auctioneer - By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line - Amarillo By Morning - He'll Have To Go - Streets Of Bakersfield - Devil Woman - Statue Of A Fool


As Tanner Young has matured in his musical endeavors, this particular CD took him to some marvelous highs in the music world.  This session was Tanner's first step in bringing his own talent together with equal peers.  Tanner stays true to his own abilities, and features his own lead guitar and mandolin as his instrumentation, as well as all the vocals.  BUT, he teamed up with some amazing musicians to create this full-blown professional CD.  Brad Davis is a Grammy winner that utilizes what he calls the double-down-up guitar technique, and aside from Tanner he has had the incredible experience of backing people like Willie Nelson, Cheryl Crow, Earl Scruggs, Emmy Lou Harris, the list is long and impressive.  Tanner also asked Milo Deering, who recorded and toured with Leann Rimes, to play fiddle and steel on this project.  Deering has been on the Tonight Show, and remarkably also recorded with Slim Whitman, among a slew of other recording artists.  Shawnda Rains, who co-produced this delightful album, as did Charlie Shearer, a very successful recording artist in Europe.  Put that all together with the brilliant talent of Tanner himself, and you already know this is one delightful CD to listen to, especially if you like classic country music.  Not country music of today, CLASSIC country music. We don't get to know the excellent bass player on this session, but he/she sure stands out on the very first song "Highway 40 Blues" that terrific Ricky Skaggs hit.  Tanner does a remarkably good job on this rendition, and it's easy to understand why it's the first song out of the chute.   As you read the names of the songs he has included in this remarkable musical adventure, you can see where the heart of Tanner Young is.  It's where the country songs of the past exist so well with the newest authentic country songs, even bluegrass which is what "Highway 40 Blues" is all about.  This a terrific album, and will go to the Rural Roots Music Commission, along with a high recommendation that you seek it out if you like really good authentic classic country music.

REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - WWW.NTCMA.NET 
for Country Music News International Magazine




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Country Music News International Magazine 
December 2014 Issue


Tanner Young  -  THE MASTER'S CALL
Great Speckled Bird - I'll Fly Away - The Master's Call - Old Country Church - Using My Bible For A Roadmap - Satan's Jewel Crown - I Saw The Light - Far Side Banks of Jordan - He Took Your Place - Wings Of A Dove - Kneeling Drunkard's Plea - Keep On The Sunny Side

 
I usually review CD's during my 'easy' time, usually on Sunday afternoon.  What a nice Sunday I am having today listening to this incredibly talented young man from Oklahoma, sing some of my favorite old-time gospel tunes.  Tanner Young came to our festival in Le Mars, Iowa, last year, and just about brought the house down, I mean literally.  Our main stage is in a huge 2,000 seater tornado-proof building, and the roar from the audience just about made it shake.  Maybe it did a little bit, that's how good this young man is.  He is not just a great vocalist, he is an incredibly gifted guitar picker.  Joining him on this session at the Rick Roach Studios in Kingston, Oklahoma, is Archie Shearer on rhythm guitar, and Dale Anderson on bass.  Both of these instrumentalists are right in line with what Tanner is doing.  It just blows me away that a trio like this can produce such really really good 'classic country' music, and in this case 'classic' gospel music.  Tanner not only has good vibes on his recordings, he is able to carry that over to his stage performances.  Sometimes I hear what I think might be overdubbed lead guitar picking, especially on "Using My Bible For A Roadmap."  Whatever is happening on the leads, it sure is good.  It's an acoustic guitar, so that doubles my enjoyment.  Without a doubt my favorite gospel song of all time is Terry Smith's "Far Side Banks of Jordan" which gets special treatment from Tanner.  He uses some excellent vocal transitions that emphasizes the message of the song.  Tanner closes his fine CD with the classic Carter Family "Keep On The Sunny Side" and means every word of it.  What a wonderful old-time gospel listening experience.  Here's hoping Tanner will be back at the Le Mars festival in 2015,
I would if I were him!
 
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, www.ntcma.net 
for Country Music News International Magazine 




                  
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Country Music News International Magazine 
March 2015 Issue


Tanner Young - PLAYS THE COUNTRY HITS
Get Rhythm - Under The Double Eagle - Running Gun - Jimmy Martinez - I Got Stripes - Buck's Polka - Walk Through This World - El Paso - That's Alright - On My Mind - Don't Worry About Me - I Still Miss Someone


Tanner Young is a 'young' country singer from Oklahoma.  He's not just a country singer either, he's a fantastic country singer, and more, he's also a fantastic musician especially on lead guitar.  I've reviewed a lot of CD's by Tanner, and all of them have been exceptional.  I just found a couple more (he has made a lot of CD's) stuck away in my music review box, so I thought I'd review both of them today.  I'm in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas right now, and what better place to listen to some classic country music done by an exceptionally talented young man.  This first CD is Tanner on an acoustic guitar with some accompaniment with Melvin Stephens on rhythm guitar. It's a fine selection of songs that Tanner has picked to record on this project, and it's that down-to-earth style that is so likable by so many traditional country music fans.  Tanner really shows what he can do picking 'lead' on the second song on this recording "Under The Double Eagle,"  as well as a terrific lead version of "Buck's Polka."  He's got a couple of Johnny Cash songs on this CD too, and even though he doesn't have that Johnny Cash basso voice, he sure does the songs well, and makes me feel so good to hear these songs done just the way Johnny Cash would have liked it. Tanner's personality shines through on every song on this CD.  I believe this particular recording is from his earlier time when he was just beginning to record.  There's also a great double-acoustic guitar version of Flatt & Scruggs bluegrass song "On My Mind" done bare-bones, and it's terrific.  All in all this album is a super neat listening experience for such a young performer.  Tanner has been to the National Old Time Country Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa, and was awarded a "Rising Legend" honor last year.  This CD will go to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their preview, though there are already several more of his
ahead of this one.

RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine