Randy Thompson has been “collecting” songs for this CD over the past thirteen and the CD has 15 tracks of some really, really great folk-rock music and vocals with some kickin’ slide on one of the tracks by Colin Thompson. Rickie Simpkins can out-fiddle the best of the best in “Ol’ 97” as well!
The very first song just reaches out and grabs you onto the dance floor as he belts out “Songbird” --- where are you going with your head down that way Songbird? He’s looking for a songbird to keep in a cage and it will whistle and sing only for him. I had to look around to see if I had a cold beer waiting for me when I got done tapping my toes to this lively song!
“Ol’ 97”is a train song about screaming down the rail with hands on the throttle scalded by the steam. The music is very much reminiscent of a Charlie Daniel’s fiddling song and never has a break in the fast tempo and excellent fiddling. There are excellent instrumentals in this fast song and Randy sings just enough to get the story told but lets the audience enjoy the great music.
The last song of this collection is a ballad – “Bring On Down The Rain” is slow and thoughtful as he sings about leaving and not wanting to hurt anyone. He’ll take on anything life has to bring, including the rain. It’s slow and thought-provoking as he calls for the rain.
Randy Thompson is a powerhouse of a singer – his confidence oozes with every song and one gets the feeling he was born singing! I’ve never had the opportunity to see Randy perform but if he is ever in my sights I’ll make it a destination to see the man in person. He has several albums to his credit over the years and this one, “Collected” tells me they must have all been good.
The remaining track list is “Unknown Zone”, “Don’t You Remember”, “Goin’ Down to Lynchburg Town”, “Heart of Stone”, “Rocksalt & Nails”, “You Can’t Talk to Me Like That”, “Twang This”, “That’s Not Me”, “One Guitar”, “Wearin’ Blue”, “Sound of the Rain” and “Molly & Tenbrooks”. Find Randy at www.randythomspon.net, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Itunes. This is a kickin’ CD with music that moves the soul, the feet, toes, fingers – it moves and really turns up the volume on music!
Calamity Annie, CMTT Music Contributor
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