STEVE HAGGARD : REVIEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
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"Make Your Move, Steve Haggard's
fourth project for Wild Oats Records,
of the year's best country albums. Besides being a fine singer, Haggard wrote all
but two of the 11 songs on the collection. His writing is intelligent without being
annoyingly clever, and he has a classic country feel for strong images and clear
narratives. The production is first-rate, and the pickers convey the kind of back-
porch enthusiasm that lifts a song out of the grooves and into the memory."
- Edward Morris / Nashville Scene (USA)
is a major talent... Quite simply, Make Your Move is wonderful.
Filled with fine songs, superb musicianship and Steve's best singing yet, the
CD marks a giant step forward for "the other Haggard"... the album takes
the listener on a fascinating journey down the highways and the byways of
American music... so readers, make your move: Get out & buy this CD !"
- William Henry / American Music Journal (USA)
"The combination of his expressive voice,
well-crafted lyrics, and melodies
written in a jambalaya of country, blues, folk, spiritual and rockabilly genres
creates a memorable style."
- Michelle B. Honick / American Songwriter (USA)
Haggard's sound (a potent blend of rockin' country,
folk and an occasional touch of bluegrass) is best described as American Roots
Music... He's received consistently good reviews. Well, he should... It's easy to
see how Haggard has arrived at his high degree of crediblity.. Steve Haggard is
certainly not one of the cosmetic phonies who dominate today's music world...
Check him out. You'll be glad that you did."
- Jess Marich / Rock 'n' Read (USA)
"The rockabilly/blues/country/honky-tonk ambience of Steve
fifth CD, Mysterious Ways, demonstrates all of his talents... One notes
particularly his great hymn to the honky-tonks, "Home Is Any Honky-
Tonk"... rockabilly ("El Camino"), a superb half-folk and half-country
ballad with the flavor of the Stones at the dawn of the '70s ("Somewhere
Down The Line") and a raw, fluid, remarkable blues ("French Quarter
Blues")... a balanced, very successful CD."
- Jacques Bremond / Le Cri Du Coyote (France)
"Country music with an edge, physically and emotionally... Steve Haggard's
music evokes feeling and reality, something sorely missing on radio today."
- Kyle Christen / Cosmic American Music News (USA)
"The whole concert was a 'feast for the ears' and thrill for me... the crowd
loved Steve's virtuoso harmonica playing."
- Toni Metzler / CMC Switzerland News (Switzerland)
"In this depressing Frankie Avalon/Fabian
era of country music, artists
guts and feeling and originality have gotten all too rare. The music of Steve
Haggard has all three qualities... Steve is a damn good singer, writes first-
class songs, and sounds like nobody but himself."
- Timothy Young / Country & Blues (USA)
"What an artist, what a singer, what a talent !... Make Your Move
will make you move".
- Pascal Paulin / Country Gazette (France)
"Steve Haggard / Mysterious Ways... Another excellent CD by a very
talented artist... Haunting production, tremendous vocals and powerful
lyrics... Overall rating: A."
- Nina Nash / Rootsound (USA)
"Nashville is flooding the market with new talents, who often
they've been produced on an assembly-line... There is rarely a genuine
artist among them. Steve Haggard is one of those exceptions who has
preserved his individuality."
- Gunzburger Zeitung (Germany)
"More to it than just a straightforward country
sound. It mixes a
grass-cutting, maybe a little rockabilly, and a little blues to boot. I was
really impressed with (Steve's) harmonica playing that seeped through
my speakers like moonshine through a still coil... high marks for excellent
musicianship and songwriting."
- Bill Schlitz / Enigma (USA)
"Thanks for the cut on 'Memphis.' You did me proud !"
- Tom T. Hall (USA)
"Rockin' bluesy country with plenty of punch
and grit... It's hard to
describe Haggard's sound. There's a little Gary Stewart influence in
Steve's singing, traces of Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan and Townes
Van Zandt, and a lot of Sonny Terry and Sonny Boy Williamson in his
superb blues harp style... a real talent and excellent live performer."
- Vince Montgomery / The Sword (USA)
"An invigorating mixture of clever ideas, foot-stompin' rhythms
solid performances make Steve's latest CD a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
Just the right blend of proven and adventurous technique to give the
album a fresh familiarity.
- Allen Foster / Songwriter's Monthly (USA)
"Since 1992, I have enjoyed the music, singing
and instrumental work
of Steve Haggard. I was informed months ago that he was recording
Make Your Move, now my anticipated wait for some more good music
has been rewarded... get a copy of this album, and hear the excellent
work of a fully-experienced international music man... 'Genius does
what it must, talent does what it can.' Until noticed."
- Ian McQueen / Country Music News & Routes (UK)
"We know Steve as a great performer with a splendid voice...
Rough Edge lets us hear him as an excellent songwriter and
a great singer."
- Andre Vanoppen / Radio Maasvallei (The Netherlands)
"Steve Haggard boasts a voice that is cool
well-suited to ruminate on the pangs of regret... Rough Edge
spotlights both his vocal and songwriting talents."
- Walt Trott / Entertainment Express (USA)
"Push Comes To Shove is an impressive collection of emotionally-
charged honky-tonk country guaranteed to please even the most
discriminating tastes... Don't pass this one up. It's terrific !"
- Geri R. Fitchett / California Country News (USA)
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