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Jason Cassidy

My Redemption – 2011 (Blake)

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

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It's relatively common for country singers to name check legends in song, but it rarely, if ever has any real meaning. Unless you've heard Jason Cassidy's Honky Tonk Heaven, which is so elaborate that it features an intro track with a charismatic minister and an "instrumental" chase track. Between those is the song itself and it's the highlight of the Houston native's album, of which he co-wrote 9 of the 11 full-length tracks.

Cassidy reminds us that "even the Good Lord loves a country song" and proceeds to make references to the likes of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., Lefty Frizzell and others. Cassidy's rich baritone is strong on songs like I Wish I'd Done That, which is about living without regrets, the emotional Bourbon Tears and Pain, and What If

Cassidy also turns in a quality performance on Why Not Now, a song co-written by Steve Bogard and Jeff Stephens. George Strait cut the song on his 1998 "One Step At A Time" album. Cassidy's version is different, but equally as strong as Strait's take.

The title track is a convincing and emotional tribute to Cassidy's faith in God.