Song Review:

My Shoes Keep Walking To You

Overall Impression:

Leading the way with a forlorn fiddle feature, Nolan Bruce Allen's "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You" takes a surprising turn for the genre with the inclusion of vibrant backing vocals and a buttery smooth clarinet tone! Outlining the seeming impossibility of breaking up with one that you love, Nolan Bruce Allen's performance of "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You" could just as easily be describing his own affinity for the stylistic songcraft of Western Swing!

Strongest Point(s):

As musically cohesive as ever before, the expansion of NBA's sound through subtle and striking vocal harmonies really enrich the experience contained in "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You" - adding a sense of depth and melancholic drama through the interplay of solo male and female lead vocals against a backdrop of rich vocal polyphony! The further expansion of the sound through the incorporation of clarinet against fiddle also makes for a compelling experience as the two instruments play intimately off of one another's wooden timbre.

Target Audience Appeal:

An expertly crafted homage to Bob Wills' considerable Western Swing career, "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You" is a relaxing listening experience for both the initiated and uninformed enthusiasts of the genre - with Nolan Bruce Allen's take on the tune representing both the brilliant re-telling of a classic tale among those that know and a bold introduction to the tradition for those that don't! - Jon W.

Reviewer's Note:

This is great stuff, Nolan! For any future submissions with featured solo vocalists, feel free to include their names so they can be credited as well. - Jon W.

Artist target suggestions:

Spade Cooley & The Western Swing Dance Gang, The Sunshine Boys, Hank Penny and His Radio Cowboys, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Billy Jack Wills & His Western Swing Band, Red Foley, Porky Freeman Trio, Jimmy Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys, Washboard Wonders, Jimmie Ballard, Homer Zeke Clemons.

About the Reviewer:

Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists across a wide range of genres.

Vocals: Strength
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