Cody Bryant

Big Dose of Country

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Big Dose of Country should have been a reflection of Cody Bryant and not of someone else's idea of what would sell. Somewhere between the two concepts, Bryant got lost just enough to make this first CD outing a slight disappointment. While the artist is flawless, and Bryant's guitar and vocals are beyond reproach, there is still something a little too over-produced about Big Dose to adequately demonstrate the monster talent that Bryant is. His songs are strictly country & western, yet some of them come off a little too manufactured on this project. Still, the CD shows his strengths. Cuts like "I Don't Want to Go Home Tonight," "Good Ol' Boy," and "Haul Off and Love Me" scintillate. Rick Shea's "Bed of Roses" and Bryant's own "Tell Me I'm Not Losing You" demonstrate the softer side of this Hollywood cowboy. "Too Far Under" establishes Bryant as a romantic balladeer, while his love song to his Cadillac, "Big Iron" (not to be confused with the Marty Robbins hit), shows how much high speed and power there is in his singing and playing. Neither does the CD reflect his style and charisma with an audience. For serious students of country & western, the Bakersfield sound, and the West Coast country and roots music scene, this is a must. But be forewarned: The real Cody Bryant has yet to be revealed on CD.

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