Eddie Heinzelman review…October 10, 2018….

EDDIE HEINZELMAN

WHEREVER YOU GO

ONE LOUDER RECORDS

MEDICINE–DAMMIT, MARY (ODE TO MARY GAUTHIER)–THE ROAD-STEAL AWAY–DANDELION (FEAT. GREG MARTIN)–THE HEART KNOWS WHAT IT NEEDS–LONELY OUTWEIGHS REGRET–SHUFFLIN’–MISS TLC–WHEREVER YOU GO (FEAT. RADNEY FOSTER)

Many fans will recognize string-bender extraordinaire Eddie Heinzelman for his guitar and mandolin work on numerous sessions for other folks, as well as his regular sideman gig with Radney Foster.  He is expanding his horizons monumentally, with the release of his sophomore set, “Wherever You Go,” for One Louder Records.  Filled with the music he’s always wanted to make, this one features ten originals, with the title cut a co-write with Radney Foster.  He even gets in a playful shout-out to one of his favorite writers, Mary Gauthier,  with a cool, loping cut called “Dammit, Mary,” whose songs always keep him “cussin’ and cryin,” but, “comin’ back for more.”  “American Idol” alum Kendra Chantelle adds backing vocals, and helps kick off the set, as our hero begs “for a fix” from his lover of that extra-special “Medicine,” set over a killer guitar riff.  Greg Martin of the Kentucky Headhunters adds slide guitar on the “Sweet Melissa” vibe of “Dandelion,” while Eddie shows off his instrumental chops on the ethereal, flamenco-flavored “Steal Away,” and the downright, damn-right blues of “Shufflin.”

Eddie offers some sage advice about being a traveling musician–“It’s who I am, not just what I do,” with a nod to the wife he always has to leave behind, “The Road.”  He closes the set with the title cut, which also features Radney Foster on duet vocals.  It’s a stone shot of Americana that urges us to stand strong, because “love’s gonna hurt you,” but “love’s gonna heal you, too, Wherever You Go.”

Our favorite was a chuggin’ rocker about the kind of girl we all know–the one that is pure trouble, that “pin-up princess” who sho’ nuff “wears her ink well,” “Miss TLC!”

Don’t call the doctor just yet, folks.  There’s still a lot of good country music comin’ outta Nashville, and you can tap into a cool slice of it with guitar man Eddie Heinzelman’s “Wherever You Go!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

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