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Perley Curtis

Heartbreak Town – 1999 (Self-released)

Reviewed by Joel Bernstein

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Maine native Perley Curtis has had a lengthy career as a dobro player and steelguitarist, two categories that don't usually lead to becoming a household name. Curtis played in New England bluegrass bands before moving to Nashville where he has toured behind such artists as Johnny Paycheck, Connie Smith, and most recently Loretta Lynn.

This album indicates that Curtis would like to step into the limelight himself. He plays dobro on 3 tracks, pedal steel on 1 and sings on 9 of the 10 tracks (mostly older country and bluegrass tunes, including a couple of Hank Snow songs "The Letter Edge In Black" and "The Golden Rocket."). As a singer, Curtis is pleasant enough, although not particularly distinguished. It's the kind of voice that with the right material and the right producer could lead to a successful career. The one instrumental, "Gramps Tune," has an almost new-age feel that seems out of place with the straight bluegrass-tinged country of the other tracks. This is an enjoyable album, although probably not one that will excite people to a fever pitch.