Jaydee Bixby

Cowboys and Cadillacs

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During his run on the fifth season of Canadian Idol, Jaydee Bixby, green and charming, was a dark horse for the run of the competition up until its finale, where he became runner-up to rock star-prototype Brian Melo. Bixby, whose voice bore a maturity beyond his years, took his time in releasing his debut album, Cowboys and Cadillacs, rather than pop an album immediately out of the gates following the show. The result is a solid, polished set of country twang and good old summer songs packed in a poppy country wrapping. On Bixby's first album sampling works, the 17-year-old country-pop artist sounds earnest and fresh, and he is backed by an impressive songwriting team; his songs hold infectious tunes and funky country-crossover beats ready for both the casual country listener and fore a more die-hard fan of the Canadian crossover artist. Like a young Phil Vassar, Bixby experiments with piano bases and pop tools to support his baritone vocals, and the result is successful in keeping Bixby afloat in a mess of country artists who fail to stand out from one another. At times, the overall feel is awkward, since the tunes, many of them not written by Bixby (a country genre flaw), are too old for the teenage dream. (His song about finding love in places unimaginable, "Somewhere Tonight," claims he's found love and has been with the girl for three years, implying he met her when he was 14 and married her at 17). Still, one listen to the lead single, "Old Fashioned Girl," and it is clear that this Canadian country teen is pure modern country in its truest form, and in the business for the long haul.

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