“Something Stronger” Review- March 5.2020, by Mike Doll, program director, CHAT 94.5 FM
I had a listen to the new music from Medicine Hat’s Greg Herman. His new project is a 6 song collection titled “Something Stronger”. That’s an appropriate title for what I heard today! Country Music is a genre with very blurry lines these days, if any lines at all. Country Music draws on influences from almost every other genre you can think of from Rock to Pop to Bluegrass and everything in between. This collection is straight ahead classic country! If you love the sound of mandolin, fiddle and steel guitar (what Country Music fan doesn’t???), you’re going to enjoy the listen.
The title track is “Something Stronger”. The beautiful sounds of mandolin really come through in this song. The lyrics give you a “tortured heart being revealed” kind of feel and at points, feels haunting to me. When I listen to this one, I get a Gordon Lightfoot/Duane Steele kind of vibe. Greg, as always, delivers a smooth, easy to listen to performance.
The rest of the album fits much of the description above. Easy to listen to, classic country with some fantastic musicianship from Greg’s brother Tim Herman in addition to Ray Legere. If you want a cool relaxed vibe, this is your jam.
released January 22, 2020
Ray Legere, mandolin, fiddle
Tim Herman, pedal steel guitar, acoustic guitar, harmony vocal
Will Ballantyne, mandolin, harmony vocal
Lisa Anderson, harmony vocal
Greg Herman, acoustic guitar, electric bass, brushes
Joey Mcintyre, drums
Chris Streifel, mastering
Kristine Ens, cover art
There’s 3 older songs and 3 new ones......Tim and Will are responsible for me finally trying high road, overdubbing harmony late one night after their gig. Something stronger started with 2 words on a page, and lots of different ways to decide on going with it. I asked Donna on New Year’s Day if she’d ever heard a post Christmas song, now there’s at least one I know of anyway. Tim added some blues guitar one day after chores. A couple living room takes with siding creaking while it warmed up in the sun......and Ray Legere graciously adding master musicianship.....hope we can do some more of this