CD REVIEW: Songs For Soldiers – Rockie Lynne (Carolina Blue Sky) 2010
Rockie Lynne, who I remember best for “Lipstick” (You Can Put Your Lipstick on While I Drive), “I Love You More” and “I Can’t Believe It’s Me,” has a new album. It’s called “Songs For Soldiers”. I did listen to the clips he has on his web site, I like what I heard. And while I haven’t yet heard the whole album, I know someone who has.
The new album from North Carolina country singer Rockie Lynne, Songs for Soldiers, is, if anything, a patriotic album chock full of songs praising the military, the sacrifices they make and their love of America.
Lynne, who served in the U.S. Army and said “the military turned out to be the most shaping experience of my life, on so many levels. I learned perseverance, self-discipline and respect for self and others.”
“Proud To Be a Soldier,” is an upbeat bit of pop-country with enough rock instrumentation to give it a punch that has Lynne singing about the pride that goes with being a member of the military.
Sings Lynne: “Give us your tired, your poor, your yearning to be free for evermore / Ain’t America beautiful.”
His version of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken/I’ll Fly Away” is irresistible. It’s a bluegrass gem that Lynne really nails.
“Red, White and Blue,” a song Lynne has previously recorded and is played at most memorial services in Iraq and Afghanistan, is featured here as well.
And closing out Songs for Soldiers is an instrumental medley of “America the Beautiful/Battle Hymn of the Republic/God Bless America” which features the work of guitarist Steve Wariner. It’s not exactly Jimi Hendrix’s “Star-Spangled Banner,” but serious credit needs to be given to Wariner. It’s a great track.
YouTube has the video for “Heroes Come From Small Towns,” you can watch that one by clicking here. Below is a video of Rockie from a show in Cary, N.C. (Thanks YouTube). It’s one of the songs I think of when I think of Rockie Lynne – and here it is for you guys.
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