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Todd Fritsch
     

Todd Fritsch

by Todd Fritsch
 
Todd Fritsch's bio plays up the fact that he is a working rancher as well as being a country singer. This creates expectations that his self-titled release (his third CD) will be standard singing cowboy fare. It is an extremely happy surprise that Fritsch instead offers up an impressive set of honky tonk tunes and affectionate love songs that should attract

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Todd Fritsch's bio plays up the fact that he is a working rancher as well as being a country singer. This creates expectations that his self-titled release (his third CD) will be standard singing cowboy fare. It is an extremely happy surprise that Fritsch instead offers up an impressive set of honky tonk tunes and affectionate love songs that should attract Nashville's attention. His music, in fact, resembles his CD cover shot: that of a square-jawed, no-frills type of guy wearing a simple cowboy hat. Fritsch, who possesses a full, friendly voice, gets his disc off on the right foot with a lively version of Eddy Raven's 1984 hit, "I Got Mexico." He follows that up with his standout original, "Small Town Radio," an affectionate ode to small-town life that is filled marvelously observed details. The rest of the disc mixes well-chosen covers with Fritsch's own tunes. He acquits himself quite nicely on the Dwight Yoakam-like number "Memory Do Your Thing," the toe-tapping "Bob Wills Song," and the good-ole-boy drinking tale "Friends Behind Bars." He also sounds convincing on several of the slower songs, like the post-breakup lament "I Don't Live Here Anymore" and the heartfelt declaration of love "Corpus Christi Callin'." Among Fritsch's own love songs, the sweet but not saccharine "First Date (For the Last Time)" fares better than "Dancin' in the Rain," which sounds too much like a soft-focused '70s country-rock ballad. While it's hard to fault his one true cowboy tune, a Chris LeDoux tribute entitled "Cowboy Legacy," its obviously sincere sentiments feel a bit too spot-on rather than lyrically inspiring. Fritsch's producer, Doug Deforest, who co-wrote several tunes here including "Corpus Christi Callin'," keeps the arrangements simple but crisp, which fits well with Fritsch's no-nonsense working cowboy qualities. This highly promising disc suggests that Fritsch could quit his day job if he wants to and do country music full-time.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2005
Label:
Diamond Music Group
UPC:
0823043415828
catalogNumber:
4158
Rank:
198233

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Performance Credits

Todd Fritsch   Primary Artist
Tim Crouch   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin
Allen Huff   Piano,Accordion
Kim Parent   Background Vocals
Mike Kennedy   Percussion,Drums
Robby Springfield   Guitar,Steel Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Andrew Frye   Piano
Doug Deforest   Bass,Background Vocals,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

J.D. Steele   Composer
J. Romeo   Composer
K.J. Reynolds   Composer
T.W. Hale   Composer
Melissa Webb   Graphic Design,Cover Photo
Doug Deforest   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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