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Mandy Barnett released her album I Can’t Stop Leaving You: The Songs of Don Gibson in November and it is an amazing album which displays melodic vocals, harmonizing music, and the exceptional lyrics penned by Country legend Don Gibson. Barnett had met Gibson before he passed away in 2003, and she does a beautiful tribute to the Hall of Fame legend.
The songs on the album were all written by Don Gibson and Barnett’s website notes that Barnett had made a promise to Gibson to record the beautiful songs he had created. Barnett not only kept her promise, but she displays a steady rhythm to her vocals and the music, which blend together to form a wonderful tribute to the Gibson.
Many of the songs on the album are slow and melodic, but there is also an equal balance of fast paced songs, and the beat of the music melds beautifully with Barnett’s exceptional and passionate vocals. With songs like “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Blue Blue Day,” “Oh Lonesome Me,” and “(Yes) I’m Hurting,” the album generates feelings of love, emotion, and stunning lyrics that bring a touch of classic country from long ago.
What makes the album come together is how rich Barnett’s voice is in conveying the emotions that come with the stories behind each song on the track. The music never overpowers her voice and the songs are just long enough for the listener to enjoy. This album is a great tribute to Don Gibson and shows the talent and passion behind Barnett’s music.
Many of the songs that were a favorite included “Blue Blue Day,” “(Yes) I’m Hurting,” “Oh Lonesome Me,” and “Lonesome Number One.”
The album is available on Amazon and iTunes and is great for anyone who is a country music fan.