Bruce Robison - Country Sunshine
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Country Sunshine (Boar's Nest, 2001)

Bruce Robison

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

Bruce Robison shows that you can indeed go home again - at least when you're not too thrilled with going the major label root (Lucky Dog/Sony) for two albums. Of course, that doesn't mean that Robison has lost any of his songwriting or singing skills.

Far from it Robison goes from a hard core country ballad ("Bed of Ashes") with lots of pedal steel to more of a softer, acoustically-based ballad ("Blame It On Me") to a "Devil May Care," which sounds like The Beatles meets country to the humorous "What Would Willie Do," an ode to Willie Nelson.

One of the highlights is a duet with wife Kelly Willis on "Friendless Marriage," a song the two co-wrote, but hopefully not about them given the depressing nature of the song which they sound so sweet together la George and Tammy. Robison self-produced and did a fine job there as well, keeping the instrumentation spare on a slew of 11 strong songs.

The lead off "Can't Get There From Here," co-written with Allison Moorer, perhaps sums up where Robison is at career-wise, mirroring Robison's life in the majors: "I'm on a road that's going nowhere/Looking for a place where I belong/The winds pushing me in all directions/and none of them look like home."Robison is now on his home turf once again turning in another solid effort. (Bruce Robison)


CDs by Bruce Robison

His Greatest, 2009 The New World, 2008 Eleven Stories, 2006


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