Joe Stampley

Somewhere Under the Rainbow

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Joe Stampley has been a recognized name in the Nashville country music scene since the '70s. Though he hovered toward the top of the national charts with songs such as "All These Things," "Roll on Big Mama," "Red Wine and Blue Memories," and "Do You Ever Fool Around," Stampley is probably best known for his teaming up with Moe Bandy in the '80s to produce hits such as "Just Good 'Ol Boys" and "Where's the Dress." On this album, Stampley is back on his own, self-producing Somewhere Under the Rainbow. The CD is a mixture of traditional country and R&B, featuring duets with son Tony Stampley and Rocki Rachal. Among the highlight cuts are the classic "If You Don't Know Me by Now," which Stampley delivers convincingly. "If It Ain't One Thing (It's Another)" is a dead-on musical rendition of the everyday chaos everyone has to endure, from paying bills to the frustration of waiting in traffic. The title track is a bluesy slow dance in motion reminiscent of the smoky honky tonk settings of Stampley's early years. Also included is a Stampley version of the Ritchie Valens upbeat classic "Boney Maronie," which Stampley makes his own and punctuates with rock & roll guitar mixed with steel. It will be interesting to see how country radio responds to this album, for it's not highly commercial. Country radio has responded to Stampley before, hopefully they'll do so again.

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