Title - 'All I Gotta Do Is Act Naturally'
Artist - Johnny Russell
For those not in the know, Johnny Russell (January 23, 1940 – July 3, 2001) was an American country singer, songwriter, and comedian best known for his song 'Act Naturally' - which was made famous by Buck Owens, who recorded it in 1963, and The Beatles in 1965.
Indeed, his songs have been recorded by Burl Ives, Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt.
Now released by Country Rewind Records, All I Gotta Do Is Act Naturally is a 14-track collection of his songs for a whole new generation of country fans to get to hear.
Producer J.R. Mcneely has enhanced each song by adding a little bit of polish to make these tracks shine.
These long-forgotten tracks, now saved for prosperity, show Johnny Russell at his very best.
1. 'Good Hearted Woman'
2. 'She's In Love With A Rodeo Man'
3. 'Red Necks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer'
4. 'Johnny B. Goode'
5. 'Catfish John'
6. 'Act Naturally'
7. 'I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)'
8. 'Making Plans'
9. 'In A Mansion Stands My Love'
10. 'She Burn't The Little Roadside Tavern Down'
12. 'The Baptism of Jesse Taylor'
13. 'Mr. and Mrs. Untrue'
14. 'The World's Meanest Man'
We begin with the happy lo-fi country bounce of 'Good Hearted Woman' which he backs up with both the story of a bar maid in a West Texas dance hall 'She's in Love with a Rodeo Man' and then the passionate 'Red Necks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer.'
A vibrant and truly better than I ever expected rendition of Chuck Berry's iconic 'Johnny B. Goode' is up next and is followed by the Gospel-esque 'Catfish John' and then his go-to hit single, 'Act Naturally.'
The beautifully sweet ballad 'I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)' is something I think we can all nod gently too, and that's backed by 'Making Plans' and then lush country vibe of 'In a Mansion Stands My Love.'
The fun and jaunty ditty 'She Burn't the Little Roadside Tavern Down' is always a pleasure to hear and then comes both a loving rendition of The Carpenters' 'Jambalaya (On the Bayou)' and the Gospel-edged 'The Baptism of Jesse Taylor.'
The album then rounds out with the gentle guitar twang of 'Mr. and Mrs. Untrue,' with the upbeat, yet heartbroken man ditty 'The World's Meanest Man.'
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