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Chuck Schaeffer – Living History Review

 

Review by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
January 2011

Chuck Schaeffer has nailed it on the head. With the combination of the traditional and Country-Rock, Chuck has succeeded in putting together an awesome collection of tunes that I can only describe as from the heart. His prowess with his lyrics and the stories they tell will satisfy the most discerning country listener. His style can be compared to a Montgomery Clift, Early Garth Brooks, Toby Keith or a George Strait.

Big Ole Buick” is a catchy tune that I really like. This really takes me back to the good old days when country music was real. It reminds me of some of my old cars. “Secret Admiration” is a toe-tapping, line dancing number that has energy and a good time feel to it. Sort of reminds me of a classic Dr Hook number. “Three Years Ago” is the type of song I remember listening to before the big country radio revival. This is down home country at its best.

Class of 32” tells a great story that is comparable to the great Harry Chapin and his style of storytelling. “Filler Up” has a nice Tim McGraw feel to it. I really like the tale behind this tune. “My Baseball Videos” is probably one of the best on this CD, awesome number, nice hook, catchy chorus and lyrics. Shades of John Prine!