Nineties country star Kevin Sharp has passed away at the age of 43 from complications relating to cancer.
Tonight, I turn over our discussion to one of our readers. He suggested I write about this topic myself, but his suggestions were already far better than anything that I would have come up with. Thankfully, he was willing to share them with all of you! Guest Post by Country Universe reader Jim Bagley: About a month ago, I discovered a website http://feedback.legacyrecordings.com/ where folks can request reissues/retrospectives of artists who are part of the Sony/BMG Catalog. When you sign up, you are also given 10 votes to show which suggested product you would like to see reissued. Except for Johnny Cash, the suggested product has been decidedly uncountry and I think that the readership at Country Universe could change that for the better. Legacy does indeed review the board and some of the suggestions – a Lou Rawls retrospective for instance – have then been subsequently released. Here are Read More
Ricochet returns to the radiowaves with “I Had to Be Me”, a song about stubborn resistance and man’s unwillingness to swallow his pride to salvage a relationship. Although the band has experienced changes in their lineup, lead singer Heath Wright is still at the helm, and he still sounds fairly capable. The production is fairly lifeless, though, and the lyric never quite develops beyond the concept that the man needed to make changes and failed. The listener is unsure what drove the woman away in the first place, but the whole point of the song is to reach the chorus, and most importantly, the hook. An innocuous attempt at renewed radio success. Grade: C Listen: I Had to Be Me