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Bobby Wills makes country music sound easy

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Calgary based country musician Bobby Wills is a relative latecomer to music, having only begun at  age 20 and discovering his biological family were all musicians, but has hit it out of the park with his debut CD “If It Was That Easy.’ Click Here to Hear Bobby Wills

It is in part thanks to his thought provoking hit single “Show Some Respect,” which has a substantially more substance than your typical Top 40 country song.

Wills combines elements of Clint Black, Allan Jackson and Gord Bamford on a variety of upbeat, catchy country rockers which are definitely Top 40 country radio friendly.

“Life In A Really,  Small Town” stands out like a long lost Allan Jackson track replete with Jackson's whimsy.

He does the requisite soulful ballad on “Done Quittin,” but picks up the pace on the mid-tempo rocker “The Farside of Gone.” I love the line “ I hope she’s doing well on whatever planet she's on. She’s got a new home on the far side of gone,” which reminds me of Joe Nichols’ hit “ BrokenheartsVille.”

“Did My Back Hurt Your Knife,”  is a complete contrast to everything else on the Cd as it is a straight out quirky western swing number.”
He goes back to tender ballad territory on “Ceilings and Floors,” then picks up the pace again on the catchy “Highway and a Song.”
 He ends on another softer note on the title track “If it Was That Easy.”

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

CD: If It Was That Easy
Artist: Bobby Wills
Genre: Country
Record label: Onramp Records/ EMI
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