The Last American Songbook by Erich McMann
Erich tells us to start with that it was written in a week, recorded in a day. Erich takes us back to the days when boys were boys, girls were girls, and long-haired hippies were not welcome in Nashville.
That was 1969, now in 2012 with technology, bisexuality, and country music sounding like heavy metal, things like songwriting, romance and America’s standing in the world have become clouded. “The Last American Songbook” is a musical document of a time, place and sound that no longer exists.
Well you ask, what is it like, well it is a great snap shot of time in the life as Erich as he was on a road trip at the time in America's heartland. Starting off with the song of The Red, White and Blue, giving us a gentle start to the CD with a familar country twang. This is followed by a particular favorite song of mine on the album, Redneck Hippie, with a nice beat, that makes my foot tap.
My heart Pounds is a great dance type song... to take your partner up onto the dance floor, but if you want to dance with your John deere hat on, best play Back on the Farm, great little intrumental short in the middle. You pass over a great number of songs that take you to the land of the cowboy, wandering across country, finishing with appropriately, The Last Song, and that song feels so much like you are sat down around the camp fire as the cowboy sings his story to you...
Overall impression of the album, a great wee album that is worth grabbing a copy of to add to your collection.
The Last American Song Book