Album Review: Teea Goans – The Way I Remember It

Paul W. Dennis | June 30th, 2010

Teea Goans - The Way I Remember ItTeea Goans has been associated with the Grand Ole Opry since 2006, working in a number of capacities both paid and unpaid, where her vocal abilities have come to the attention of country stalwarts like Bill Anderson, Jimmy Dickens and Joe Spivey, the multi-instrumental performer of the celebrated Time Jumpers.

Although Goans’ voice seems to be stronger in the lower half of her range than in the upper end (Nashville Sound-era production covered that up nicely for singers like Tammy Wynette), her upper range is still more than adequate. In fact, Terry Choate thought so highly of Goans’ singing that he produced her album, gathering together an impressive lineup of musicians that includes Spivey on fiddle, acoustic guitar, and mandolin, fellow Time Jumpers Aubrey Haynie and Kenny Sears (fiddles), and Paul Franklin (steel guitar), along with an array of other fine musicians that includes the legendary Texas Troubadour lead guitarist Leon Rhodes.

The Way I Remember It contains 12 songs, the weakest being “Lying In My Arms,” a very minor hit for Rex Allen Jr in 1970, but the problem wasn’t the singer–then or now.

The remaining tracks range from good to excellent, while the highlight is Goans’ version of the Ernest Tubb classic “Walking The Floor Over You.” The first verse is a slow, soulful lament with minimal accompaniment, after which she reverts to the classic tempo and instrumentation featuring Tubb’s legendary lead guitarist Leon Rhodes. It’s a cover that must surely have Tubb smiling down from heaven.

The recording of the Bill Anderson classic “Walk Out Backwards,” which–back in 1961–was his second Top 10, is another standout; Goans does an exceptional job and has a good feel for the material.

Dan Tyminski, the singing voice of George Clooney on the Oh Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack (“Man of Constant Sorrow”), joins Goans on the tender ballad “Made For Loving You” and will surely leave listeners hoping they team up for more duets in the future as it’s about time Tyminski had a decent singing partner!

For fans of traditional country music, The Way I Remember It will be the Nashville album of the year, joining those released by various traditional, Texas-based labels.

4.5 Stars

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  1. Emmy
    June 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    “…as it’s about time Tyminski had a decent singing partner!”
    Seriously? You wouldn’t consider Alison Krauss a decent singing partner? I hope you are kidding.

  2. Leeann Ward
    June 30, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Guess i’m left scratching my head over that one too.

  3. Paul W Dennis
    June 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    My tongue was planted firmly in cheek when I wrote that line, but truthfully I think Teea’s voice blends better with Dan’s voice than does his AKUS bandmate.

  4. Leeann Ward
    June 30, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Okay, good.:) I’ll have to check out this album.

  5. Rick
    June 30, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Teea is doing in what Nashville pretty much what Amber Digby is doing down in Texas. Its nice Teea has some “Opry Legends” and Time Jumpers members in her court, while Amber has all those Texas dance halls to play in on a regular basis and the “Heart Of Texas” label behind her.

    I really appreciate the efforts of these younger gals to keep the traditional sound of 60’s era country “girl singers” alive and relevant in today’s country music scene. While Amber’s role model growing up was Loretta Lynn (and Connie Smith as well), it seems Teea has taken a broader approach in creating her own style.

    I do like Teea’s album quite a lot and hope she gets to perform on the Opry sometime soon, and especially on a Thursday night Classic Country Opry (once they are back in session). Sharing the playbill with The Time Jumpers would be a nice touch!

  6. Brian
    June 30, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Can’t wait to check it out! How many stars album did this receive?

  7. Brady Vercher
    June 30, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    It should be 4.5, Brian. I might have originally missed a closing bracket, but they should show up now.

  8. Dave D.
    July 1, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Positive The9513 review? Backed by several Time Jumpers? Comparison to Amber Digby? Long trip tomorrow with plenty of time to listen to new music?

    Reason enough for me to just download it from Amazon.

  9. Rick
    July 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Hey Dave D., you might also want to check out the self titled album from Kacey Musgraves who was a Nashville Star contestants in one of the final seasons. Its an unabashed country music album although now at the ripe old age of 21 Kacey has become a professional Nashville songwriter and is heading in what she describes as an “experimental/progressive” direction! Kacey’s new material is far more Miranda Lambert / Lady Antebellum / Taylor Swift than her self titled album. Kacey and Ashley Monroe seem to be kindred spirits in that regard! Yikes! (lol)

    If you like old time western swing and country, check out “Its About Dam Time” from the Marshall Ford Swing Band. As far as I’m concerned some of the best new bands and solo artists these days get the least recognition even in their home states of Texas!

  10. Dave D.
    July 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    For fans of traditional country music, The Way I Remember It will be the Nashville album of the year, joining those released by various traditional, Texas-based labels.

    It’s pleasant enough, but the production is too lush for my tastes. If it is *the* Nashville album of the year for fans of traditional country music, that’s only because Nashville is turning out a lot of crap. IMO, it can’t hold a candle to a lot of music coming out of Texas.

  11. Glen Morgan
    September 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Saw you twice on Larrys Country dinner how can i purchase your new album?

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