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22 December 2003
Glen Bonham, Glen Bonham (Scena)
Glen Bonham has listened to Bill Monroe and Ricky Skaggs quite carefully, judging by the album opener "You Don't Know My Mind", a two-minute bluegrass-meets-country ditty that has enough bounce in it to succeed. But at times the style is not that interesting or any different from the aforementioned superstars. "You can see the fields of bluegrass where I roam", he sings on "I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home", but it's generally a bluegrass-by-numbers song. Thankfully, on "Fraulien", Bonham sounds like a cross between Buck Owens and George Jones, which is an early shining moment. "Mr. Homeless" is also in the country style, but brings to mind Alan Jackson somewhat. The biggest problem with this record is the lack of original material, as Bonham only has one, but his renditions of Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings" does justice to the classic. "Today I Started Loving You Again" is another fine effort, but "Fox on the Run" often sounds rather bland. "Georgia Rose" gets better as it goes along, with Bonham letting his capable backing band do the brunt of the work. The album's closing tunes, including "Love O Love", have some fine banjo pickin' and fiddle work as well. Overall, Bonham might be a name to reckon with, if he is able to get more of his own material.
.: posted by Editor 3:23 PM