T Jarrod Bonta is best known for his piano work with Cornell Hurd, Marti Brom, Rosie Flores, Jim Stringer, and most recently, Johnny Bush, who guests on one track on the CD. However, on this new CD, 'White Line', Bonta gets an opportunity to show off his singing and songwriting as well as his well known piano prowess. In an era of over-processed, over-produced, over-hyped and UNDER-performed music masquerading as 'country', this CD will shine through polished dance floor in a Texas honky tonk. The CD was engineered and co-produced by Billy Horton and bears his "rootsy" stamp. Then, there's the talented bunch of players - including Dave Biller on pedal steel, Erik Hokkanen on fiddle, Randy Glines on upright bass, Dennis O'Toole on drums, Jim Stringer on guitars, Roger Wallace (and Johnny Bush) on harmony vocal -- each well known for his many contributions to Austin music. Many in the name of 'authenticity' resort to what amounts to a benign deception. They dumb-down the performance ethic trying to sound 'hillbilly', or force a country twang trying to hide their true heritage. This CD is none of the above... this is country music played by experts who have honed their country chops and idiom though tens of thousands of gigs in Texas dance halls and honky tonks. Bonta sings like he talks... and that may be the highest compliment that can be paid.
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