As evident from the opening song from “Carry Me Back”, Jeff Mamett is the real deal. This album is pure country not forced country. This is heartfelt country not sit in a cold windowless room on music row working through a formula country. This isn’t about driving trucks and drinking beers by the pool. This is about grabbing your partner and doing the two-step. Like Birmingham Alabama native Jon Byrd is fond of saying about traditional Country Music, this album doesn’t rock … ever, but it sure does roll.
Like Byrd, Jeff Mamett plays country music the way it is intended. All of the songs on “Carry Me Back” are written by Mamett. Jeff is a story teller and a fine songwriter who carries you back to better days. The album was produced by lifelong friend Wayne Addleman and includes an impressive group of musicians. Jeff sings and plays Electric Bass, John Richardson on Drums, Wayne plays Pedal Steel, Slide, Lap Steel, Dobro and Resonator Guitars as well as Six String “Tic Tac” Bass and Washboard. Brian Wooten and Brent Wilson add Electric, Acoustic and Baritone Guitars. Tiger Bell plays Fiddle and Mandolin. Chris Tuttle plays Accordion. Mike Rogers and Marion Grace provide Backing Vocals.
All of the songs on this album are perfectly driven by Electric Bass and Drums. They keep a steady pulse throughout the album, never taking center stage always the perfect complement.
1- “Poor House Road” is pure country compliments of Slide and Electric Guitars. This will get you on the dance floor. The chorus of “Carry Me Back” is instantly a sing a long and the source of the album title.
2- “Dark Spanish Eyes” hints at zydeco. Six String “Tic Tac” Bass, Accordion, Electric and Acoustic “Flamenco” Guitar’s add a beautiful Spanish flavor making for a unique hybrid of the two
3- “Bing Bang Boom” is pure honky-tonk roadhouse country. Pedal Steel, Fiddle and That “Tic Tac are sure to make this a dance hall favorite.
4- “Jiggle In Her Wiggle” could easily be a Time Jumpers song. Fun lyrics too. “It’s the jiggle in her wiggle drives me out of my mind”. Fiddle, Pedal Steel, and Harmonies combined with smart and fun lyrics. Try to keep still for this one, I dare you.
5- “Off And Running” is another clever lyric smile worthy tune reminiscent of a John Prine Iris DeMent performance. “Off And Running” breaks down to a pure simplicity that draws you to the story by sparking comforting memories that have been perhaps lost. Who doesn’t want to be that couple off and running following their heart.
6- “Feels Like Love” has a Cajun vibe with Fiddle, Washboard, Electric and Acoustic Guitars and Accordion.
7- “Same Old Moon” conveys the deep sadness of being half a world away with the paring of Baritone Guitar and Pedal Steel.
8- “Cold Front” the driving drum beat like a thunder rolls throughout this song.
9- “Long Time Gone” is country swing in all its finery complete with Fiddle, Pedal Steel, Jumping Bass and beautiful harmonies.
10- “Spinnin’ My Wheels” is driven by Dobro, Guitars and Mandolin.
11- “Take It Slow” will have you singing along to the chorus and is beautifully crafted with Pedal Steel, and Acoustic and Electric Guitars. This song has all the ingredients of a fan favorite. A “Carry Me Back” song.
12- “An Outlaw’s Song” has a “Guitar Town” vibe in true Outlaw of Country Music fashion.
“Carry Me Back” is Jeff Mamett’s follow up to his 2015 release of “Hear’s Your Hat”. This is a true Counrty and Western artist. “Carry Me Back” is an enjoyable trip down memory lane. Grab your favorite dancing partner and let the music carry you back. Enjoy.
– Viola Krouse