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CD REVIEW:  David Britt - Country Flow

by: Cyrus Rhodes

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Artist: David Britt

CD: Country Flow

Label: Spectra Music Group

Website: http://www.davidbrittmusic.com/

Genre: Modern Country, Contemporary Country, Americana, Singer/Songwriter, Folk,

Sounds Like: Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Justin Moore, Kenny Chesney

Technical Grade: 7/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Forgive Me Girl, To Hell With Your Love, Show Me How You Kiss, Sweet Memories

Weakness: A Few Short-Sided Songs, A few Winded Songs

 

CD REVIEW:

 

An accomplished singer/songwriter and musician, David is a multi-instrumentalist and plays guitar, fiddle and mandolin. He credits The Oak Ridge Boys, Elvis, Hank Sr., and Dolly Parton as artists that inspired him growing up. He would sing with his Dad all the time to their music. Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys has actually become a very good friend of David’s and has really been supportive of his music.

David Britt just released his latest 12 Track staple called ”Country Flow.” Britt was recently signed to Spectra Records.

 

The CD kicks things off with melodic “Country Flow” a full tilt Country-Americana groove with catchy musical build, hooky chorus, inviting fiddles, well placed vocal harmonies and clever lyrical content from Britt. Track 2 “She Likes The Oak Ridge Boys” shifts gears a bit with another hooky groove, with melodic musical flow coupled with hooky melody and impressive chorus that really sticks with you. Next up “Forgive Me Girl” Britt get’s a bit more serious on you with a delightful melody with its impassioned vocal feel, nice mandolin eventually lending itself into an infectious melody with clever thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As the CD unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of artists from Garth Brooks to Kid Rock, Other comparables are: Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Justin Moore and even Kenny Chesney. Right from the start you will notice Britt feels quite comfortable just letting it all hang out musically, not holding anything back Just Listen to the Michael Jackson cover tune "Billie Jean" to hear what I'm talking about here. It' takes guts to pull this one off. It’s obvious to me he’s having fun with it. The overall musical vibe has a nice Poppy-Americana feel to it. Music is at times funny, impassioned. grooving and hooky with pockets of hope shining through. despite the funny side, Britt can get serious on you. This shows me he has a lot of depth to his personality. The Americana fretwork is world class across the board as Britt and company dish out impressive guitar licks. Also present are rock solid rhythm guitar playing, impressive Mandolin, fiddles, solo guitar, and well placed electric guitar accents all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. Britt’s got solid vocal timber and is full of passion and recklessness abandon. Sometimes his voice reminds me of Garth Brooks. He’s got good vocal instincts within each movement he displays an impressive falsetto and inviting timber throughout. Britt is a good songwriter. The songwriting is above the bar and provides a lot of musical variety and emotion. Jackson's vocal emotions really seal the deal for me as he makes a strong emotional connection with the listener. Britt does a decent job at handling all the pin drop moments extremely well - this is a critical component of Singer/Songwriter/Americana often taken for granted, The musicianship from all the other members in the band has everything you would expect from a standard 4 piece Americana-Country band. The songs themselves are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing unique personality, flair and signature groove. From striking “To Hell With Your Love” to heartfelt ”When Tennessee Calls” and "God Was Looking Out For Me” and “Sweet Melodies” to rocking “The Truth” to grooving “Show Me How You Kiss”  this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 “Mail Man Master” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber. There’s even a bonus live track: Track 6 “Alcoholidy.” I f you didn't read it before - there’s even a Michael Jackson cover “Bille Jean.”

 

All songs under 3 minutes feel like incomplete statements to me. All song over 5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I wish there was more solos, Slide Guitar, Saloon style Piano and Pedal Steel accents her and there. 

 

In close “Country Flow” by David Britt delivers an impressive, passionate, impassioned, hooky 13 track staple from this North Carolina. Britt  upholds the highest standards in good Timing-Americana and Modern Contemporary Country. If Britt has an impressive live presentation then that would be a deadly combination no doubt. The songs are extremely melodic, passionate and highly entertaining – and clearly prove Britt are on to something special going down this path. At the end of the day he’s just a lot of fun to check out and listen to. He’s got a good modern Country sound, a world-class band possessing a young lean look, infectious personality clearly worthy of worldwide recognition. One would be wise to keep a watchful on them over the years to come.

 

Cyrus Rhodes