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Bolton, Terry Lee - 2000 Don't Let Hat Fool Ya


TERRY LEE BOLTON - DON'T LET THE HAT FOOL YA (2000, MRC RECORDS)
Terry Lee Bolton - all vocals, all instruments

Background
Coming at ya from the heart of Titans territory (Tennessee that is.. Nashville to be exact, as in the footie team) comes cow-poke rocker in arms Terry Lee Bolton. The name may be the same but the music definitely isn't. Not a hint of Michael Bolton style melodic rock to be heard. However, we do get a combination of styles. I remember reading somewhere that TLB is a cross between Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jnr. Terry originally comes from Detroit, so as a matter of course, that Detroit soul runs through the veins. Toss into the mix some trad blues, rockabilly, and some scorching hard rock and this is what you'll get. An eclectic mix to be sure. Bedecked with spurs, cowboy get-up, sixguns and typical Stetson, the hat definitely doesn't fool me, nor does the music, but I have a witness to the fact that I was caught humming some of these tunes. Go figure.

The Songs
There's a heap of tunes on TLB's CD. 14 to be exact. A lot of them skipped over my memory banks pretty quickly, but some actually stuck. The first two for instance: '1000 Years Gone' and the regimented 'Little Fool'. Quite liked 'I've Been Livin', reminding me of those late seventies hard rock heroes like Target, Chopper and Ozz. 'All Dressed Up' sounds as if we should start up a line-dance class, but it has Buddy Holly type rockabilly feel to it. Might sound strange but it works. 'Hollywood' moves in the same direction as Ray Lyell And The Storm, sort of countrified rock with an abundance of melody. Elsewhere we get a selection of ballads, and hardened edgy rockers, though not as compelling-a-listen as those tracks mentioned already.

In Summary
Certainly not an album for the AOR purists and melodic rock regulars of this site. However to be fair, I quite enjoyed it for its sheer different approach, and the infectious arrangements which had my foot tapping most of the time. TLB returns very shortly with the new album 'American Man'. Expect to see a dazzling array of stage costumes and fancy garb when he's next out on tour, passing off the adage of the real American Man. Who needs GWB when you've got TLB? Vote the man for President I say. Someone introduce him to Ross Perot.

Track Listing:
01 1000 Years Gone
02 Little Fool
03 I've Been Livin'
04 You Get What You Deserve
05 All Dressed Up
06 You Can't Please Everyone
07 Hollywood
08 Can't Wait To Get Back Home
09 Shimmy Shimmy
10 Lets Make Love
11 The Night Is Over
12 Give A Little Love
13 The Devil (No Drums)
14 The Devil (With Drums)

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