Title - 'Without Susie'
Artist - James Lee Stanley
For those not in the know, James Lee Stanley is an American folk singer-songwriter who was also once a regular extra on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for six seasons.
It is only a long-lived singer-songwriter career that lets Stanley unite the unpredictable creative turns and the eclectic elements that make up his world.
His remarkable ability as a vocalist and composer allow him to create songs, each recorded with a finely crafted with guitar orchestrations that enhance the lyric.
Stanley has toured consistently since he returned from the USAF (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then, with such diverse acts as Bonnie Raitt, Nicolette Larson and even the late, great comedian Robin Williams.
1. 'Every Highway'
2. 'Dark Road'
3. 'Redwood Landing'
4. 'We're Not Alone'
5. 'Burt's Tune (He's My Brother)'
6. 'Live It Up Now'
7. 'Hey Look At You'
8. 'Still Crazy Over You'
9. 'Never Say Never Again'
10. 'I'm All In (Here I Am)'
11. 'Hang Up And Drive'
12. 'Ripples On The Dance Floor' (w/ Rachel Mills)
The album begins with the wondrous reminiscing of 'Every Highway' which in turn seamlessly bleeds into both the guitar-driven 'Dark Road' and the upbeat late '60s vibe of 'Redwood Landing.'
The lyrical genius that is Stanley really comes to the fore on the gently flowing 'We're Not Alone' which is followed by the upbeat 'Burt's Tune (He's My Brother)'. The tempo is turned up for the finger-snappin' gem 'Live It Up Now' ("Live it up now. You can live it down later") which is backed by the fun pop bounce of 'Hey Look At You.'
The richly layered love song 'Still Crazy Over You' is followed by the joyous R&B soul of 'Never Say Never Again' and the harmonious 'I'm All In (Here I Am)'.
Another ode to love comes next in the form of 'I'm All In (Here I Am)' with the album coming to a close with the gently frenetic phoning whilst driving warning within 'Hang Up And Drive' ("You talk all the time, but you don't say a thing. Hang up and drive. hang up and drive. Hang up and drive. The choice is a simple one. It's dead or alive") and then the Americana blues of 'Ripples On The Dance Floor' (w/ Rachel Mills).
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