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Roy Heinrich

Listen To Your Heart – 1996 (Stockade)

Reviewed by Joel Bernstein

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CDs by Roy Heinrich

Roy Heinrich was first heard on last year's "Austin Country Nights" album, with a great barroom song called "A Face In The Crowd." For his first album on his own, Heinrich performs 15 songs in a similar style, including 12 originals. While none are quite as great as "Face," all are at least decent and some are much more than that.

Highlights include "Sittin' In This Honky Tonk" and "Honky Tonk Heartache," but the best of all is the relatively mellow "My Tears Flow Like Rain." The obvious comparison is Dale Watson, who is doing much the same style of music, although Heinrich has a slightly higher and rangier voice, and doesn't express outright hostility towards Nashville in his lyrics (although he probably feels it). The only major flaw is that Heinrich, like Watson and many other singers, has a voice that can't sustain a 15-track album all by itself. A duet or two, or even an instrumental, tossed into the middle of the album could have done wonders for the overall listening experience. Still, for fans of classic honky tonk music, "Listen To Your Heart" is a must.