SOMEWHERE WEST OF LARAMIE
Red Mesa Records
Raised in the great American Southwest to revere the fiercely independent spirit of its’ native tribes and pioneer immigrants, RJ Daniel’s personal life experience ranging from farming with Hopi elders to herding Navajo livestock, forged his soul in the fires of spiritual truth letting the hammer of hard experience forge a man, an artist and a sound that offers no excuses and makes no apologies.
This album explores a musical hybrid of traditional sound and contemporary passion to create an exciting musical signature, in the traditional mould of George Strait or the legendary Lefty Frizell. From carefree western swing, crooning straight country, contemporary ballads to neo-traditional – there is never a doubt it is pure country heartland and Daniels aces every nuance.
Whether hard-charging or sweetly sentimental, it indelibly evokes the tumbleweed rhythms and bittersweet memories born Somewhere West of Laramie.
Ten cinematic songs trace history from the opener ‘Pass Me By’ and the title track to honkytonking ‘I Can’t Drink Her Off My Mind’ and ‘Don’t Mean Nothin’ To Me,’the moody ‘98.6 Degrees and Falling’ ‘Five Minutes More’ and closes out with the enigmatic ‘For All We Know.’