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Sammy Kershaw

Politics, Religion And Her – 1996 (Mercury)

Reviewed by Larry Stephens

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Kershaw helps define true country music today. His arrangements never crowd his voice, but support it and carry it along. The fiddle is outstanding, a haunting, lonesome sound. His voice can never be mistaken for anything but country while he makes the music come alive. This is an album that has no bad cuts. It can be positive ("Fit To Be Tied Down"), sad ("I Saw You Today"/"For Years"), cute ("Vidalia"), honky tonk ("Little Bitty Crack In Her Heart"), and reminiscent ("Memphis"). Above all else, it's good. Put the kids to bed, turn down the lights, then let him carry you away.