Rick Ross: "Guys Just Wanna Have Fun"
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Playlist:

Tough to Sing the Blues.........Rick Ross Therapy.................................. Rick Ross
Pallet on the Floor..............Traditional You Don't Know Her Like I Do......Steve Gillette
Without You..................... Rick Ross Good Love Gone Bad...................Kent Aldrich
The Death of Ella Speed....... Traditional Queen of England.......................Jeffrey Cain Stevens
Telephone..........................Rick Ross Lipstick Traces.........................Naomi Neville
Sister Kate...................Piron / Armstrong Biscuts..................................Bo Carter
A Little While....................Rick Ross


Reviews:

Steve Gillette, singer/songwriter

"That approach with sparse folk instruments and electric lead is very hip. I think it's a good place to come from these days. I like the whole project? Good feeling on the whole album."

indie-music.com

"Somehow, I wouldn?t peg southern New England as a breeding ground for good bluegrass players, but Rick Ross is a quality product from the area. Ross shows his affection for country, folk and bluegrass by combining them in ?Guys Just Want to Have Fun,? a pleasing mix of traditional bluegrass and folk covers and surprising originals. His use of the 12-string guitar, bass, electric and acoustic guitars, and the fiddle blend together in this compilation of easy-to-listen-to songs. These ballads are very easy to relate to and humorous.

Highs: Ross?s descriptions of what his friends do to relax on ?Therapy? had me laughing out loud. Even though his friends had some interesting ways of spending their free time, Ross was just happy to be ?picking the country blues.? The intro on ?You Don?t Know Her Like I Do,? originally by Steve Gillette, is amazing and shows his versatility on the 12-string and electric guitars. Although Ross proclaims on his first track, that it?s ?Tough to Sing the Blues,? he executes that (and every) song with a simplistic touch that makes you want to listen to more.

Lows: Just can?t wait to see more original songs in the future from this great singer/songwriter.

Favorite Lyrics: In classic blues style, Ross tells everyone that the ?cupboard is empty, but I don?t want to leave ? I ain?t put no shoes on in two or three days.?

Fans: Anyone who appreciates listening to a good, traditional bluegrass/folk album that has down-to-earth lyrics. Fans of Steve Gillette, Emmy Lou Harris, Tom Rush and maybe even the occasional Eric Clapton fan.

Foes: Listeners who are expecting a fast paced, poppy-sounding CD are in the wrong area.

I could see Rick Ross developing a strong following of traditional bluegrass/folk fanatics. He can give them a wide variety of sounds and still keep a very classic bluegrass sound that come only come from, well, southern New England and Rick Ross."