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“Review of Country Music Artist Ben Coulter’s Album”
by REVEL Feature Entertainment Writer Manday Robinson
APRIL 12, 2012
by Mandy Robinson REVEL Feature Entertainment Writer
Ben Coulter is an amazing country music artist fromMontrose,Arkansas. When he was little, he wanted to be a baseball player, but Ben soon changed his mind that country music is where his heart lies. I recently was able to review his CD and I have to say it one that I will be adding to my playlist. This album is called “Cuzz Vol V – Where Have All the Old Cowboys Gone? “
Ben takes his influences from great country music artists of the past. On his website, he mentions some of his favorites as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. His CD shows his raw talent and proves that country music is where he needs to be spending his time.
Ben Coulter has recorded a version of “Amazing Grace” that is excellent. It is upbeat and simply his voice with a guitar. It shows off his musical talents without any extras to drown out his voice. Another great song on this album is called “Where Have All the Old Cowboys Gone”? It talks about how when you turn on the TV you can’t find movies like they used to make with John Wayne.
My favorite song on this album is called “First Big Record.” It has great lyrics such as “First big record I make I’m going home, where the Spanish moss is hanging from a tree.” It makes you think about the things that you miss from your hometown and how we all enjoy going back.
Ben Coulter talks on his site about how he is hoping to make it to the Grand Ole Opry inNashvillle,TN.From listening to this album, I would say that he has the talent to do it that he just needs the support of his fans to get him there. This is one country artist we will be hearing more from in the future.
You can purchase Ben’s music from his website bencoulteronline.com.
"Coulter goes acoustic and showcases his roots in a very personal Cuzz Vol. V"
by Brandler Johnson
Nashville New Music Examiner
Arkansas native and Nashville regular Ben Coulter has recently released Cuzz Vol. V, a solo acoustic endeavor that exemplifies Coulter’s carefully crafted and countrified delta blues sound. The simple clarity of truth that can only be ministered by a man and his guitar rings true throughout the album.
The heavily blues-based set of songs taps into the core of Coulter’s existence as the artist honors his faith in Dear Lord, a simple prayer of a man seeking guidance set to song. Coulter’s vocals truly shine in his bluesy rendition of the gospel standard Amazing Grace.
Paying homage to his southern roots, Coulter reflects on the rural country lifestyle in the cuts Deer Huntin' Blues and Goin' Down to Montrose, a tribute to his hometown of Montrose, Arkansas.
Not one to shy away from social commentary, Coulter penned Hard Workin, God Fearin’ Folks, a perspective on the current plight of the America’s working class. Where Have All the Old Cowboys Gone is based on Coulter’s observation of how western movies have faded unnoticeably into the fabric of current modern culture.
Coulter continues to showcase a very personal album as he celebrates the passing of his good friend Noel Wilson. He acknowledges Wilson as one of his inspirations and covers Wilson’s First Big Record I Make I’m Goin’ Home. He also introduces his own tribute to Wilson with I’ll Raise My Guitar High.
Coulter’s vocal talent is undeniable, and his soul-baring bluesy delivery is highlighted on each track of this album. Traditional country fans as well as blues fans should have little problem connecting to Coulter’s latest offering which is currently available at www.bencoulteronline.com.
Brandler Johnson, Nashville New Music Examiner
Brandler Johnson, an active songwriter and former host of Thursday Night Writers Night at the Hall of Fame Lounge in Nashville, is a former newspaper reporter now residing in Music City. With an eye for talent, some of the artists and songwriters who have attended his Writers Night have gone on..
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New review for Cuzz V
Artist: Ben Coulter
Title: Cuzz Vol. V: Where Have All the Old Cowboys Gone
Review by Andrew Greenhalgh of Review You
It’s no secret that country music as we know it has undergone a dramatic shift in the past twenty years or so. Gone are the salt of the earth flavors of Waylon and Willie, now giving way to the pop country of artists like Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, and Lady Antebellum. Sure, these new artists try to keep their country cred alive, interspersing their love tales with tracks that declare their love for tractors and gigging frogs but, ultimately, something is lost in the translation.
Yet some artists aren’t quite content with the new brand of country music that’s come to roost in the proverbial henhouse. Artists as diverse as Alan Jackson, Shooter Jennings, and George Strait have all expressed their displeasure with the new sounds of Music Row and continue to craft music that expresses the sounds of the heart and the heartland, maintaining a respect and love of tradition. Adding his hat to the circle of supporters is Ben Coulter and his latest recording, Cuzz Vol. V: Where Have All the Old Cowboys Gone.
Coulter has spent plenty of time making music to make those old cowboys nod their heads in approval, notching nine albums to date under his belt and adding to a steadily increasing fan base. And through it all, his appreciation for roots country music has been heard and is the foundation that the stripped down Cuzz V builds its house on.
The album is the simplest form of music, just a man with a story to tell and his guitar. And Coulter’s deft playing and warm baritone, reminiscent of George Strait on his finest days, lay forth a fine palette of southern charm, with self-penned lyrics that tell of family, faith, and love. It’s real music for real people.
Coulter kicks the album off with the title track, musing about the loss of the old images and the overall heartbeat of the country/cowboy lifestyle. It’s simple, straightforward nature leads nicely into “First Big Record I Make I’m Going Home,” penned by Noel Wilson, whom Coulter gives a tribute later on in the record with the heartfelt lyrics of “I’ll Raise My Guitar High.”
“Back Home to You” is a pleasantly low-key affair alongside “I Want to Go Out West,” with their tales of love and longing while “Deer Huntin’ Blues” provides a bit of comic relief as well as a more upbeat vibe. Alternately, the weariness of “All My Dues are Paid” slows things down again with honest lyricism as the tenderness of “My Sweet Lovin’ Woman” rings true.
“I’ll Miss You, My Dear Friend” is another slow jam of gentle hope and sorrow yet quickly gives way to the upbeat tempo of “Goin’ Down to Montrose.” A prayer of faith and need come with the plaintive cry of “Dear Lord,” capturing both honesty and artistry in one before opening up to the true country sounds of “I’m Tired of Playing Second Fiddle.” It’s classic country in all aspects and is a perfect fit here.
Coulter also taps into the patriotic vein here with “Hard Workin’, God Fearin’ Folks of the USA” and it’s hat tip to the blue collar folks of the U.S. It’s one of the country credibility tracks that actually works given the rest of the artist’s material; Coulter writes from what he knows and the hard working folks will certainly identify. And lastly, in keeping with roots, Coulter brings to bear an upbeat rendition of that John Newton hymn classic, “Amazing Grace.” It’s a rousing, faith-filled ending that is totally appropriate here.
Ben Coulter’s Cuzz Vol. V: Where Have All the Old Cowboys Gone plays out on two levels. On one, it could simply serve as a quality, stripped down demo session of tracks that will soon be fleshed out a bit more with more instrumentation and bombast. And while that’s perfectly fine if that’s the case (and no doubt some of these tracks would be that much better given such a treatment), there’s something to be said for the stark simplicity of this recording. A man, his guitar, and his convictions; sometimes that’s just the right formula.
Order the new album now at www.bencoulteronline.com