Song Review:

Sitting On Top Of The World

Overall Impression:

Originally written by Walter Vinson and recorded by the Mississippi Sheiks in 1930, Nolan Bruce Allen's performance of "Sitting on Top of the World" honors the tune's Country Blues roots while brilliantly incorporating his own signature style and bounce!

Strongest Point(s):

Keeping the tempo lively and a little lilting, NBA's version of "Sitting on Top of the World" maintains a pleasant forward momentum while still making plenty of natural space for the song's bluesy licks and reflective tone! Smooth playing from each member culminates in an easy-going and artistically succinct performance - made more engaging by the captivating crooning skills on display from NBA himself!

Target Audience Appeal:

Those who are familiar with Country Blues classics and their relationship to the Bob Wills era of Western Swing will be delighted by Nolan Bruce Allen's revival and maintenance of the art form - delivering the familiar bars of "Sitting on Top of the World" in a refreshing and physically moving manner! No matter the era, Western Swing simply feels good - and NBA is sustaining that enjoyment for anyone who has an ear for quality!

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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