If it's traditional country you're after, slam on the brakes and get , "Maybe I'd
Best Leave Well Enough Alone", the debut album of Hank Brake. From beginning to end,
Hank offers up pure traditional country music written by some of the best songwriters in
country music history and is produced by multi award winning, Larry Butler.
There's only great things to report about this
artist, his style, delivery and the entire production of this album.
I'll begin with the choice of songs for the package. While the songs aren't
all originals, they were written by some of the top writers in country music such as Skip
Ewing, Harlan Howard, Vern Gosdin, Dean Dillon, Bill Anderson and the title cut by Larry
Butler himself... only to mention a few.
Hank's interpretation of these great songs is superb
and he does the writers proud with his smooth, easy vocals and heartfelt delivery of
each song. Hank is no clone, he's the real thing with his own sound which is one you will
never tire of. In today's collection of cookie cutter artists who all sound alike, sing
the same types of songs and have no personal distinction, Hank is a breath of fresh air.
The closest identity you'll hear is that Hank sings a George Strait song in the same style
as George, who is one of his heros, but there's no imitation vocally... it's pure Hank.
The production of the album is the icing on an already
flavorful cake. Backed with top notch musician's, Hank's voice is not overshadowed by the
band or drowned out in a sea of reverbs or editing. You hear Hank, first and foremost and
the music is politely there to accompany his talent, just as it should be. Too many
productions these days bury the artists' voice with overly loud music. I'm never quite
sure if this is due to poor production or the desire to cover the artist's less than
adequate voice... either way, it's not an issue here. You will enjoy each aspect of this
album which is crystal clear and untainted.
There is more to this CD than meets the eyes and ears.
Not only is it a hit studded album filled with great songs from track one, "I Can
Only Love You Like A Man" to the grand finale of "Maybe I'd Best Leave Well
Enough Alone", it's also a PC enhanced CD. This means you'll not only get to enjoy
all the songs, you're treated to the full length video of the title cut, "Maybe I'd
Best Leave Well Enough Alone". There is a photo slide show of Hank starting at
infancy, through his childhood, right up to the album's production in the studio. It also
contains Hank's biography. Now what more can you ask from any CD unless it's the artist
himself stuffed inside.. which isn't likely to happen in our lifetime... but in Hank's
case, you may wish it were.
Aside from the fact that I'm eager for Hank to cut
another album, there's nothing more I can say without being repetitive. Simply listen to
these real audio song clips, then imagine them sounding 100 times better on the actual CD.
This I WILL repeat.. SLAM on the brakes and make "Maybe I'd Best Leave Well Enough
Alone" a part of your country CD collection today!
© 1999 T.P.C. Inc. All Rights Reserved
Recorded in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains at Big Mama Recording Studios. a division
of Tennessee Production Center, Inc., Seymour, TN
I'd Best Leave Well Enough Alone
Hank Brake's newest release, "Thank
You", has been chosen as the theme song for Operation Welcome Home, the
"Thank You and Welcome Home" event to honor the 2.7 million Vietnam Veterans who
become an important song in the history of patriotism and the support of our troops, this
song is getting rave reviews! Written by songwriter Daniel Smith, of Nashville, TN, and
recorded by Hank Brake, on Star Chaser Records, in memory of his Uncle, Kenneth Slaughter,
killed in Vietnam in 1970. This song touches the hearts of all who hear it!"
The release of this single project is in support of all
of our veterans, and the troops currently serving here and abroad. $1.00 from every single
sold will be donated to an organization, Operation First Response.
Full report on MKOC News Nov. 11, '05
Visit Hank Brake's Website for more info and to
order your copy of "Thank You"!
More about Producer/Songwriter, Larry Butler
Larry Butler is the first and only Nashville producer to win the coveted Grammy award for
producer of the year, beating out the likes of Quincy Jones and other top-notch producers
from all areas of music. Butler is now pitching Hank Brake's new CD "Maybe I'd Best
Leave Well Enough Alone." It was Butler who converted Kenny Rogers to country music,
and their magical studio collaboration yielded many of Rogers' greatest records including
"Lucille," "She Believes In Me," "The Gambler," "Love
Or Something Like It," "You Decorated My Life," and "Coward Of The