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Roger Brown

Swing City – 1996 (Decca)

Reviewed by Mark "Brink" Brinkman

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CDs by Roger Brown

In this five-cut EP, a new artist, Roger Brown, gives a new slant on an old style of music. Brown has been a long established Nashville songwriter and now is on a mission to "make the world swing again." He tries to accomplish this with the assistance of a big fat western swing band, complete with blasting horns, cryin' steel guitar, and screaming fiddles. This is Bob Wills meets Tommy Dorsey with a little Asleep At The Wheel mixed in.

The title cut grabs you from the start. Try not tapping your toe to this one. "Adobe Walls" is a ballad that seems a little out of place but Brown jumps right back into it with "Western Women." If you enjoy really big western swing you may want to check this one out.