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Alby Pool – You Can’t Walk This Road Alone
Review By ‘The Swamp Doctor’ Bryan Willems
22 May 2007
Redneck Recommenders No. 1
I picked up Alby Pool's most recent album ‘You Can't Walk This
Road Alone.’ I have two of his earlier releases from 2001 ‘Till
the Old Wears Off’ and the 2004 release ‘Back In The Swing’.
Alby's most recent release doesn't disappoint. His vocals are
wonderful and his material impeccable. He has a gifted ear for
picking a great country song. All of the material is from
American country writers.
There's lots of dross out there (yes – even in the USA!) but
Alby comes up with the goods…no doubt helped by his good friend
and now Nashville based Australian songwriter Travis List
sending great material Alby's way!
Musically the album is a treat.
Brad Bergen holds down the lead guitar and drums for the album.
He knows how to play ‘country’ with both instruments. It's
refreshing to see someone so young playing great country music
and treating their instruments with respect.
Tomi Graso does the pedal steel guitar, Mick Albeck the fiddle
duties. Fellow vocalist and country artist Rob Wilson does
acoustic guitar, harmonica and backing vocals.
A real surprise for me is Alby providing bass for his album –
which he plays wonderfully! All of the music is refreshing and
clear…you can hear every line, every instrument, every vocal in
every song – quite unlike the over compressed overplayed karaoke
noise that often comes out on ‘modern country’ albums today.
Highlights of the album for me are the duet with his wife Annie
‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’ and ‘I Feel Like I'm Forgetting
Something’ (originally co-written and sung by Leanne Womack).
The track of the album has to be the Dean Dillon/Pam Bedford
penned ‘Old News.’ A remarkable track – get the album for that
Alby has got to be the George Strait of Australia. He's staying
country, it's always great material and you know what you'll get
with an Alby Pool album.
The main difference is the lack of any public accolades. Despite
years of great performances and albums he has yet (to my
knowledge anyway) to pick up any awards in Australia … or even
rate a finalist nomination for any awards. There are only two
possibilities that I can think of …… either he sounds so
‘American’ and sings ‘American’ songs that the various
organisations sponsoring numerous country awards don't rate him
or; Alby's so country that he doesn't bother to enter award
competitions. I suspect it's the latter!
Treat yourself to an Alby Pool album.
PROFILE: Bryen Willems
Intro: I used to do a weekly radio program called ‘Hi-Tech
Redneck’ on 2RRR 88.5FM in Sydney but I've unfortunately have
had to give it away – for good reason however – too busy doing
live gigs on Friday nights. One of the things I loved about
radio was listening and recommending new material. I thought to
myself; ‘Self, you've got a website /blog /etc…why not do a
semi-regular article where I can listen and recommend new
material?’ This isn't really an album review article…if I don't
like it, it won't be on here…just material that I enjoy and
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Alby Pool ON THE ROAD and
OK I’m a fan but it’s hard to be objective when presented
with an album by one of the best country/western swing artists
Australia has ever produced. Deborah Minter CAPNEWS November 2006
Alby Pool has just returned from touring in New England NSW,
Central and Southern Queensland and the Far North.
‘I’ve never toured in Queensland. I’ve never been north of
Caboolture’ Alby said.
It’s not as if Alby is a stranger to
distance and travelling. He’s worked a lot of venues and done a
lot of kilometres between Maitland and the rest of NSW since his
move across the Nullabor from West Australia in the ‘90s.
You Can’t Walk This Road Alone is Alby’s latest album. Released in
time for the tour and Tamworth in January Alby has put together
some of the best collection of country you would want to hear.
Co-produced with Rob Wilson it’s dedicated to all the musicians
and artists and the help they’ve given on previous albums and
along the way.
You Can’t Walk This Road Alone says thanks to Rob Wilson for his
production and recording ability; Anthony and Sarah Taylor for
their friendship and awesome talent, Brad Bergen for his mateship
musical multi-talents and undying commitment to country music and
Travis List for finding some of the songs for the project.
Not to mention gratitude to session musos Mick Albeck Tomi Grasso
and Yianni Moratidis.
The month long tour started out in Tamworth in October and headed
north to Brisbane Bribie Island Maryaborough Charters Towers Home
Hill Townsville Ingham Kurrimine Cardwell Clermont Bundaberg and
back through Maryaborough Bribie Island and Brisbane to Maitland
and the Central Coast.
It was unlike any experience Alby had encountered visiting some of
the most beautiful areas of the tropics through Mission Beach and
in the south around Bribie Island.
‘The tour was fantastic. We were received very well. Unfortunately
a number of acts had been through the areas just prior. But that’s
not what this tour was about. It was about making grounds for the
next one. ‘
‘Working with Anthony and Sarah Taylor and Andy Toombs was a
pleasure. The Far North is Anthony and Sarah’s home territory.
We’ll be back on the road and tour there again. That’s certain.’
- Alby Pool with Redd Volkaert from USA Tamworth 2006
It's been 3 years since a release from
but it's been worth the wait.
'HEART OF THE MATTER'
(NFS #93 Track 6)
from his brand new album
'Back In The Swing'
takes you to the heart of country
"...once again he transports the listener to the world of smoky
dance floors & sad heartbreak songs." Deborah Minter, CapNews
The album is a tribute to the songs that have shaped his music
over the years.
A must have single & album - for true country music lovers!
Out Now - 'Back In The Swing' ,
distributed through OneStop Entertainment
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- To find an album with every song a
winner is something to be treasured and Alby has provided just
that. Just like a best selling book that you can’t put down
until the end, you will savour every song until the CD is
finished. All of the tracks are favourites that have
inspired and influenced him over the years. Alby has the
enviable ability to caress the melody of a slow ballad, put the
bounce in swing and give us pure country music that will please
the most astute critics. If you like George Strait,
you will love this album. With his surprisingly varied vocal range
and surrounded by some of this countries finest muso’s,
together with excellent backing vocalists makes this collection of
songs very easy listening. This CD proves that the
extremely talented Alby Pool is Australia’s most underrated singer
- Hi Folks,
- A big THANK YOU for all your
support with yet another album which is my
- fourth up to date. On
this one I have chosen to record a collection of songs
- my favourite Country
music artists such as GENE WATSON, VERN GOSDIN,
- GEORGE STRAIT, MARK CHESNUTT,
HANK WILLIAMS JNR.,
- and GEORGE JONES. These
are just a few of the artists that have had a
- tremendous influence on me
throughout my career in Country Music.
- I am delighted to take this
opportunity to introduce my daughter Melody singing
- the bonus track on this
album. Although she has only been singing now for about
- 2 years she was able to
sing the lead part as well as the harmony along with her
- mother Annie, and
Kelvin Nolan on Guitars. This was her first time in a
- studio and my wish is that
she continues to enjoy her musical journey as much
- I have.
- In the past few years I have
been burdened with some health problems, but as the
- title track to this album
says, I'm now "Back In The Swing of Things" and looking
- forward to returning to the
live and festival circuits.
- Once again thank you and good
Alby Pool & No City Limits
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- Degruchy Showcase 2005
- Bruce McCumstie, Michael King and
(Photo Courtesy of Dick Marriott)
- Alby Pool and Peter Busher
at the Mustang
- Bar on Easter Sunday
- John Short (Guitarist), Phil
Morgan (Bass in Lone Rangers Pete's Band), Richard Danker (Bass
with NCL), Alby Pool,
- Peter Stone (Keyboards
with NCL), Peter Busher (Helloya singer), Brian Booy (Drummer
- and Dereck Danker (Guitarist
in Pete's Band)
- Original No City
Another Original No City Limits Member
- John Short now
playing in the
Drummer Brian Booy
- Busher Band at the Mustang
- Peter Busher and Band on
action at the
- Mustang Bar in Perth
- Alby Pool, Brian Booy,
Richie Danker and John Short, old times revisited as
- they perform at the Mustang
Bar in Perth
- Peter Busher and his band
kicking serious butt at the Mustang
- Bar with a crowd of
- Alby Pool doing his thing at
the Mustang Bar with the members of his original No City
- Band that first toured over
to Tamworth in the early 90's
- Alby Pool with daughter
Melody, wife Annie and nephew Johnny Payledis
- enjoying the mood at
the Mustang Bar, Perth
- Alby shows his surprise as
12 year old Melody ask's for a dance