In this week's episode, we're featuring a 2018 album for RFD-TV personality Merlin Gene, "People, Places & Things". With the first season of the popular Hee Haw-style variety program "The Merlin Gene Show" well underway at the time of recording, Merlin Gene's star was on the rise. Combining an effortless vocal and an excellent sense of humour with a deep reverence for country music's heritage, "People, Places & Things" strikes an excellent balance between originality and tradition. With the twangy bark of a Bakersfield telecaster from the legendary Eugene Moles and steel from Hall Of Famer Doug Jernigan, Merlin Gene sparkles on stage in Manuel-tailored rhinestone suits a la Ray Price, Porter Wagoner and Little Jimmy Dickens. And the music reflects those classic country influences - with a definite Del Reeves connection, Merlin Gene covers Jerry Chesnut's "Good Time Charlie's" and "Looking At The World Through A Windshield". The Kentuckian powers his way through some excellent country drinking tunes on "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Glass" and "I Think I'll Give Drinkin' Another Try" - the latter of which deservingly racked up a stack of streams in it's first months after release. Get you some Merlin Gene.
- If That Ain't Country
- Merlin Gene - People, Places & Things
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