As I listened to the EP of Arnold Connelly called “My Eyes Are Only On You” starts off the album with a song called “The Cowboy Dance” and Arnold seems to have a voice from the past, I actually can’t put a specific music artist to mind, however the song shows it’s strength with it’s catchy musical flare of the cowboys strums of the guitar and kind of has a snap to the sound. Surrounding Arnolds vocals are the back up vocals of La Donna Brewer Capps, and makes it have a sound that brings in a unique style. With the next song starting the song called “My Eyes Are Only On You”, where it remains to be a classic sounding song and Arnold has a voice that is one of the past country acts that I remember hearing, but the lyrical content is good and structured, with the steel guitar of Eddie Lange and piano of Tim Atwood, brings in that feeling of music of the past but once again Arnold keeps that real Nashville sound moving. The next track on the enjoyable EP Arnold continues with that traditional Nashville bar room flavor and the song called “I See you” adds the backup vocals of Ladonna Brewer Capps, and the steel guitar adds that real country bar room sent to it and is quite nice as you listen. as I read the players on the album I noticed that on drums is Ronnie McDowell Jr. which as I listened I never would have noticed and adds to the complete sound of this flavorful & heavily influenced by classic and vintage country. With the song called “Saying Goodbye” Arnold has smooth and his lyrics maintain the level of good country writing. The last track on this EP is called “Single Wide Trailer” where Arnold brings in the sound of rough and a little rowdy kind of feeling to the musicality to the song and has a good sound, with the steel and fancy fret work and piano and the beat of the band keeps that bar room flavor alive throughout. I thank Arnold for willing to share his gift of music with me and I’d like to hear more from him in the future. I appreciate his friendship and thank him for his tremendous gift of song and music.
Steven F. Adams
Owner/Music Journalist Writer at Sound Wave One
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