Richard Burr, Let It Rain (Kickin' Dust Music 2001) - San Joaquin Valley native Richard Burr returns with his second CD, Let It Rain. Mixing a well-honed studio sound against valley themes and hard scrabble country, Burr delivers a winning mix.
Let's cut to the chase - I like the guy's voice. On Let It Rain, Burr provided lead vocals, drums and percussion, and was joined by David Chamberlin on guitars, mandolin, bass, and keyboards and Rick Sailon on fiddle. The album features 12 original songs, and one cover - an inspired version of "Romeo's Tune" (written by Steve Forbert), with duet vocals by Teresa James.
Richard has opened for such acts as Asleep at the Wheel and the Oak Ridge Boys, and has also recorded with the Nashville hit writer Randy Sharp.
Richard is also a regular member of Louie Ortega's Wild Jalapeno Band, where he puts his skills as a drummer to good use blending country music with Latin rhythms and the sounds he grew up hearing in the small farming community of Lindsey in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley.
"Where Did I Go Wrong?" has a smoothly textured troubadour feel, and "A Night Like This" brings to mind some of the country elements of the Eagles.
Not to suggest that Richard Burr is going to become some kind of country mega-star. Yet the guy writes a good song, and knows his way around the studio.
Remarks Richard, "There are no dreams that can't come true through the gift of music." Let It Rain is a welcome addition to the Central Valley musical heritage.
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- Randy Krbechek © 2001