RE: Hey Kurt/BlackHawk RAWKS my world!!!
Posted by: Don ()
Date: September 27, 2000 01:46PM

Hi Kurt,

Glad to hear that you are familiar with this band. IMO, their first two albums are essential for any AOR fan with an even remotely open mind. At this particular moment in time, I can't think of a single band that was formed in the '90s whose harmonies are as HUGE, slick, or flawless as Blackhawk's. Total ear candy! I own their first four albums, so I haven't bought their g/h compilation. I'll say this, though: if the g/h package is missing any/many of the following tracks, you're missing out and should consider picking up one (or both) of their first two albums.
from the s/t debut:
-Goodbye Says It All
-Down In Flames
-Every Once In A While
-I Sure Can Smell the Rain
-That's Just About Right
(ie., the first 5 tracks from the album!)

from the 2nd album, "Strong Enough":
-King of the World
-Almost a Memory Now
-Any Man With a Heartbeat
-I'm Not Strong Enough To Say No
-Big Guitar
-Like There Ain't No Yesterday
-A Kiss Is Worth a Thousand Words

Bottom line: I'm really not what I'd consider a big fan of country music at all, but based on their first two albums, Blackhawk is one of my favorite artists of the '90s.

If you haven't heard Restless Heart before, you owe it to yourself to try to do so. I remember back in the early '90s when I pretty much hated country music. I was visiting my in-laws one day and they were playing the country station on TV (like they did pretty much constantly). I tolerated it, but that's about all. Then, suddenly I heard this song come on. I simply could not believe my ears! It had the most beautiful melody line and the most gorgeous harmonies that it just knocked me on my @ss. The song? "Fast Movin' Train" from the album of the same title. Since then I've discovered many other gems by this band, including the lush, huge, intensely melodic, harmony-driven "The Bluest Eyes In Texas." Even my brother, who *HATES* country music (he won't even listen to Shania!) enjoys most of this band's music. Check 'em out.

If the idea of a southern/western flavoured, acoustic guitar-driven version of Bon Jovi interests you, you might also consider picking up one of Ray Lyell's first two albums. Ray has a gravelly voice not unlike, say, Steve Plunkett of Autograph. But his music is much more in line with Bon Jovi circa "Blaze of Glory." Cool stuff!
Hope this has helped.

SubjectViewsWritten ByPosted
the new Country 332 sfk kurt 09/26/2000 11:47PM
RE: the new Country 201 Carl 09/27/2000 01:13AM
RE: the new Country 157 shawn pelata 09/27/2000 01:20AM
RE: the new Country 183 Jason 09/27/2000 02:21AM
RE: the new Country 149 John Dokken 09/30/2000 06:57PM
RE: the new Country 210 Mike 09/27/2000 01:34AM
RE: the new Country 148STICK RIGIDLY09/27/2000 01:44AM
BlackHawk 198 Lenman 09/27/2000 03:52AM
RE: BlackHawk 184 sfk kurt 09/27/2000 03:56AM
RE: Hey Kurt/BlackHawk RAWKS my world!!!247 Don 09/27/2000 01:46PM
forget I asked you ignorant bastards... 213 sfk kurt 09/27/2000 03:59AM
RE: forget I asked you ignorant bastards... 228 shawn pelata 09/27/2000 04:13AM
RE: forget I asked you ignorant bastards... 158 sfk kurt 09/27/2000 05:38AM
RE: forget I asked you ignorant bastards... 208 zacman 09/27/2000 09:17AM
RE: forget I asked you ignorant bastards... 243Robert09/27/2000 04:34AM
I thought Roy Rogers was dead :) (np) 182 Big Dog 09/27/2000 08:58AM
RE: forget I asked you ignorant bastards... 206 shawn pelata 09/27/2000 09:01PM
RE: forget I asked you ignorant bastards... 186 sfk kurt 09/27/2000 11:30PM
RE: the new Country 192 Tom Krupa 09/27/2000 04:56AM
RE: the new Country 194 sfk kurt 09/27/2000 05:40AM
Try is OZ style... 213 Andrew 09/27/2000 05:33AM
RE: Try is OZ style... 249 sfk kurt 09/27/2000 05:42AM
RE: Why *I* listen to the new Country 215 Richard 09/27/2000 06:47AM
I'm backing you Kurt! 163Surfpunk09/27/2000 07:46AM
RE: the new Country 175 Kilzer 09/27/2000 08:23AM
RE: the new Country 204Scott09/27/2000 08:30AM
Try Sons of the Desert 130 Okie 09/27/2000 11:09AM
thanks everyone! 230 sfk kurt 09/27/2000 08:38PM
RE: thanks SFK 276 Rammy 09/27/2000 09:32PM
RE: Hey Rammy... 238 Don 09/28/2000 11:26AM
RE: new country- RASCAL FLATTS 237 Kevin 09/27/2000 11:30PM
Little Texas "Amies Back in Austin' 243 Okie 09/28/2000 10:20AM
RE: Little Texas "Amies Back in Austin' 198 sfk kurt 09/28/2000 11:27PM

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