Warrenton, Virginia's Andy Budd may be a songwriter / recording artist of some obscurity but he shouldn't be. Andy is firing on all cylinders on his third studio album, "Ragtop Monterey". Great songs and great musicianship abound on this CD. There are no blistering or moaning solos, just great music, which lets the authenticity of the lyrics shine through. Andy's vocals fit perfectly with the folk driven style of Americana that he writes and he exhibits a maturity and a depth of style far beyond most of what you hear in the Alt. Country/Americana genre today. Listeners will also like Andy's sense of playfulness. Veteran Nashville Producer, Chip Hardy (Waylon Jennings, Reba McIntyre, George Strait), gives us a real taste of that Nashville Sound, the likes of which hasn't come off of Music Row in decades. Chip's experience really shines through in the mix and thoughtful arrangements. Ragtop Monterey was recorded at Nashville's Studio 515 where From the opening burst of bluegrass style guitar picking and the raspy vocals on the new-grass "Old Freight" and throughout this disc, Andy Budd has crafted an incredible blueprint for a near-flawless roots record. This is a CD that keeps growing on you with each listen. Fans of Hayes Carl, Early Jimmy Buffett, Robert Earl Keen Jr. , Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Todd Snider would probably enjoy this CD. Andy Budd's "Ragtop Monterey" is a keeper for sure.
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