Rick Blair | Too Far To Fall

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Too Far To Fall

by Rick Blair

A Tour de Force collection of 12 original songs by one of the most original artists in Nashville today. A foot stompin' record that walks the line between Rock and Country in a very cool way. The band is a classic pairing of Nashville's best talent.
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1. Runnin' Out of Wind
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2. Medicine Man
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3:16 album only
3. Tropical Depression
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3:38 album only
4. Slow Burn
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3:54 album only
5. Too Far To Fall
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3:57 album only
6. Duffy's Hay
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3:39 album only
7. Sparkin'
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3:12 album only
8. Ghost Town
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9. (If I Knew It Was) The Last Time
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10. Guardians of Angels
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11. She's Playin' Hard to Forget
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12. Kiss Me Goodbye
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Album Notes
Producer Joe Spivey has assembled a top shelf group of talent to back one of Nashville's most original artist's. Rick Blair Band "Too Far to Fall" takes the listener on a journey that touches on the many influences of both Rick Blair, and the band members themselves. All studio muscians, the Rick Blair Band was born out of an off the cuff remark that renowned guitarist Jerry Kimbrough made at the first of many tracking sessions that make up the record. "We play so many sessions up and down Music Row every day, where our goal is to sound like somebody else" Jerry said. Then what came next was so profound that everyone in the room took notice " When we get together playing these songs, we're The Rick Blair Band." Led by singer songwriter Rick Blair a native of Huntington, West Virginia, the band is comprised of Spivey (who's produced legendary artist John Anderson) on acoustic guitar and fiddle, Kimbrough on electric guitar, Kevin "Swine" Grantt on bass, Steve Holland on drums and percussion. Piano, B-3 organ, electric piano duties were covered by Tony Harrell and Rodger Morris. The up front, and dead on harmony vocals were added by Rick Blair's good buddy Rick Huckaby. The two grew up in the same home town, yet didn't meet until both were living in Nashville in 1996. A former member of the band that backs super star Tracy Lawrence, as well as a member of the group Exile, Huckaby is one of Music Row magazine's breakout artist's himself. Huck has charted singles on country radio such as " I Got You Covered", "Ain't Enough Blacktop" and "She Get's Me High" as well as penning the smash hit "Muddy Water" with co- writer Monty Criswell for Trace Adkins. Those two combined on the Rick Blair Band album for the summertime hit "Sparkin' as well. The majority of "Too Far to Fall" (including the fun title track) is penned by the team of Rick Blair, music industry radio veteran Ron Dini, and the versatile Cincinnati now Nashville native Greg Jones. The trio teamed up for opening tracks "Runnin' Out of Wind" then for the rocker "Medicine Man", as well as finishing a tune started by Rick and former guitar teacher and co-producer Bob Fietsam called "Tropical Depression". Followed in sequence by the 'Eagle-esque' tune "Slow Burn" which was also penned by the Blair-Jones-Dini trio, this album delivers song after memorable song, one after another. The most intriguing track though, belongs to the writing combo of Blair-Huckaby on the unforgettable story of "Duffy's Hay". A song set in Folsom Prison in 1968 that's chock full of references to the Johnny Cash classic "Live at Folsom Prison" album. Taken straight out of the liner notes to that album, the song spins a yarn about a man with the only thing that matters, or measures wealth in the joint, an endless suppy tobacco. I listened; and found no fewer than twenty references to the live album and characters in it. Filled with instant classics, one of most notable songs is found near the end of the record in the tear jerker "Guardians of Angels". Co-written in solid fashion by John McDermott. 'Guardians' will appeal to anyone who's ever been a parent. The record finishes in an 'Against the Wind' inspired way with "Kiss Me Goodbye" co-written by the combo that dominated the self titled "Rick Blair" album from 2001, Rick Blair with Bob Fietsam. It's the only track written by just the two of them on the latest effort, but it's a winning combo that just seems to fit like a favorite pair of old shoes. So if you're looking for cookie cutter, sound alike, soulless songs, put together by music exec's looking for three minute drive time singles garbage, then look elsewhere. If you're looking to take an unforgettable, deeply rich musical trip, then get on. The ride starts in two minutes. The time it will take you to download or score a copy of this masterpiece of an album........ D.L. 06/23/10


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