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CD REVIEW: Wesley Dennis - Country to the Core
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT

Artist: Wesley Dennis
Genre: Country
CD Review:
This is country. Very country. Very very country. Yes, country to the core. The voice reminds me a lot of Randy Travis, and you also get the twangy guitar, the rockability drums and pace-keeping bass. And don't forget lyrics that are Decidedly very very very country. 'Moaning' starts the 30+ cd, and catch this for a chorus: 'i've tried all I know since you've been gone / but i'm still leaning on these sad sad songs / it helps to hear the voice of my ole friend / just like him i'm moaning'. You know, when I first saw the title, I thought there was going to be a play on sounds, like mornin' for moaning. But I'm not disappointed. Just the way Wesley strangles out mo-on-an-ing will paint a smile to your mouth.

And what traditional country album would be complete without a drinking song? Can't do it! Therefore, 'My Old Friend' is about - you guessed it! - the bottle! 'I can't believe that my old friend would turn on me / and drive me from my feet down to my knees'.

Wesley has a good voice. Frankly, it's great for country. Smooth, clear, and chronically southern. A pretty good songwriter too. By the way, did you know he was opening act for George Jones? Yep. So if George likes him, shouldn't you give it a shot?

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