Song Review:

Old Fashioned Love

Overall Impression:

In the year 2020, Nolan Bruce Allen's Old Fashioned Love will melt your heart with its loving dedication to serving a high quality Country Western number worth of the Carter Family Fold. Matching sincere, full vocals from both male and female, over old-time accompaniment played with dreamy dexterity, describe the singer's steadfast, romantic "Old Fashioned Love" leaving the listener wistful, and begging to hit the dance floor.

Strongest Point(s):

Drummer, guitarist, fiddle player, and keys, every single musician who played on this track deserves a firm handshake for swoon-worthy execution. The song's arrangement leaves plenty of room open for every player to have their time in the spotlight, and for the audience to fully appreciate the mastery of their instrument, while never becoming dull or losing attention, and the composition weaves them in and out of each other as gracefully as partners swapping on the floor. Both singers featured on Old Fashioned Love have strong voices, full of character and ownership, perfectly suited for the task, and manipulate them well through the song's resolve in charming harmony.

Target Audience Appeal:

Nolan Bruce Allen has fans of old-time Country and Western in the palm of his hand, but the appeal is far wider than that. Young or old, lots of people are bound to appreciate this well-crafted song, and Allen may find it wooing fans of more modern Country, Rockabilly, and other genres of traditional American music over as well. Old Fashioned Love would be extremely lively at an in-person show, and the venues that still offer traditional dance will absolutely lap Nolan Bruce Allen up. Independent radio stations would be a great target, with college radio also being a possibility, and the potential for use in movie and other production soundtracks is huge.

Artist target suggestions:

Asleep At The Wheel, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Spade Cooley, Hank Thompson, Ray Price, Webb Pierce, Don Gibson

About the Reviewer:

Mary Wildsmith is an FM Radio DJ, and has been involved in both on-air work and radio production for five and a half years, in addition to working the past decade in and out of the live entertainment industry. She has experience with the fickle nature of the music industry, selecting singles to promote or discard for radio play, and engineering stage to audience sound systems. Having worked balancing, troubleshooting, and running audio rigs has enabled her to be both sensitive, and sympathetic, to the finesse and nuance of quality recording. Mary is passionate about promoting new and independent artists, and has spent extensive time in round-table environments discussing music and audio critically, and collaborating with artists to enable them to put the best possible foot forward with their art.


Vocals: Strength
Lyrics: Neutral
Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength
Melody/Rhythm: Strength
Arrangement/Flow: Strength
Recording Quality/Overall Mix: Strength