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ALBUM REVIEW: "Let's Do This Thing" by Stephen Chadwick

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"Let's Do This Thing" is from Texas country musician Stephen Chadwick.
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ALBUM REVIEW: Stephen Chadwick  - Let’s Do This Thing (Stag Records) 2014

Reminiscent of country music’s elder statesman George Strait, newcomer Stephen Chadwick’s soon-to-be-released album (late Nov.) Let’s Do This Thing has a familiarity that will strike a musical chord with country fans of all stripes.

Crafted in the capable hands of Texas-based producer/steel guitarist Tommy Detamore (George Strait, Bobby Flores), Chadwick is allowed to do what he does best – passionately sing about things that are important to him – love, drinking and embracing a rural lifestyle that is often hailed by early 21st century country singers.

Kicking off with “Hell Of a Time To Go Crazy,” this upbeat song, which brings to mind the work of Junior Brown or Kevin Fowler, helps set the mood that is felt over the course of these 10 tracks.

Drinking songs, as I noted, do appear, as in “I’ll Drink to That,” where Chadwick sings about Elvis and John Wayne and so forth – any excuse to put back another bottle of beer or shot of whiskey.

The slow burn of “Skip That Stone” comes from the heart, as does his version of Adam Hood’s “What Goodbye Does.”

Thankfully, Chadwick eschews the wretched trends going on in many corners of “mainstream” country music. No syrupy dreck or hip-hop laced nonsense. Stephen Chadwick seeks to “keep it real,” as it were and give country music fans what they want (and what they need) – traditional, honest country music from the heart.

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