Kathy Robertson

At the Cantina

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This 14-cut CD was produced by Robertson with Hellecaster Jerry Donohue and David Vaught. The material is classic and displays Robertson's voice well. Guests include Bonnie Owens, Rosie Flores, Katy Moffatt, Big Sandy and Abe Manuel, Jr. and Don Markham from Merle Haggard's band. With every cut a potential hit, tunes like the Bonnie Owens-Leona Williams collaboration, "Leona," have special meaning. A cover of the Tennessee Ernie Ford-Kay Starr hit "I'll Never Be Free" is as good as the original. For fun, Robertson includes a song she wrote with L.A. talent Mel Harker. Written for a mutual fiend, "Queen of the Honky Tonks" depicts a slice of that world with humor and affection. A cover of Jean Shepard's "Twice the Lovin'" is a fast ride, as is the Flores-Julian Dawson number "It Came from Memphis." But, the highlight of this collection is the Owens' tune, "Startin' Today." A song of independence, with Owens, Flores and Moffatt joining in, there is nothing that can compare with the firm emotion and conviction that Queen Bonnie poured into every word and note of this tune. A joyful assortment of musical treats, At the Cantina deserves to be heard.