Song Review:

Shame On You

Overall Impression:

Uniting classic Country Blues lamentations with a spirited Western Swing feel, Nolan Bruce Allen takes a page from the books of Spade Cooley and His Western Swing Dance Gang to give listeners a fresh look at the old tune, "Shame On You"! Sung with an air of amusement and performative disapproval, NBA's "Shame On You" features the familiar sounds of Western Swing, bolstered with a splash of bold and bright saxophone for added stylistic flair!

Strongest Point(s):

Easily flowing instrumentals pool beneath Nolan Bruce Allen's languid vocal stylings for an immersive and relaxed overall feel - which is in turn given a burst of colorful motion by the brief saxophone feature at 1:11! The full experience manages to both honor the original while retaining a bold sense of style and identity on the part of NBA and his allies - making for a memorable continuation of the musical legacy imparted by "Shame On You"!

Target Audience Appeal:

Anyone with a heart for Western Swing will recognize Spade Cooley's signature tune - here reimagined by a more modern artist with strikingly skillful clarity with the intent of honoring and prolonging the efforts of the original recording artist! Nolan Bruce Allen is surely New York's King of Western Swing, and anyone who takes the time to peruse the artist's considerable catalogue will agree that the title may extend far beyond the borders of The Big Apple. - Jon W.

Artist target suggestions:

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Spade Cooley & the Western Swing Dance Gang, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, T. Texas Tyler, Jimmie Ballard, Johnny Tyler's Riders Of The Rio Grande, Bucky Bates, Tune Wranglers, Tex Atchison, Slim Harbert and His Boys, Tex Williams & His Western Caravan

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.


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