CD Review – Gary Nicholson (True Texas country)
Gary Nicholson has been around. Between writing songs for George Strait, Bonnie Raitt and Gregg Allman as well as for the Oscar-winning soundtrack to the movie Crazy Heart, producing two Grammy-winning records and collaborating with a who’s who of country and blues artists (Keb’ Mo’, Garth Brooks and Neil Diamond to name a few) Nicholson knows how to make a great track. That’s why his latest album seems almost too specialized.
The album is a tip of the hat to Texas with an old-school Hank Williams country feel to it, but there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of diversity throughout the album. Slow to mid-tempo tracks permeate with a heavy dose of slide guitar and general twang. Maybe it’s that I’m not a big twangy country fan, but the album just seems to drag throughout the thirteen tracks.
Nicholson does what he set out to do (honor Texas with a truly country-sounding record), but I wonder if this tribute was actually needed.