Every top artist and producer along Music Row has known Tony Stampley's music and songwriting for years. Now, at long last, fans and radio everywhere have a 10-song set of Stampley performances that gives them the chance to hear for themselves why so many superstars like George Jones, Randy Travis, John Anderson, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Billy Currington, Hank Williams Jr., and many other artists have been recording his songs for years.
Best of all, listeners get to hear Tony's own soulful country vocals on signature songs that only Stampley could have created, such as "Home Wasn't Built In A Day", and "It Aint' All Good But It Aint' Half Bad." These magical songs, and other unforgettable gems such as "I've Been There" and "Doctor Jesus" are written and sung with a confidence and craftsmanship that could only have come from a man who grew up in a home surrounded by music and country radio.
Tony's dad, the CMA-Award-winning Joe Stampley, had a whopping 61 radio hits on the Billboard country charts. Joe is one of Tony's biggest fans. Tony has a knack for writing unforgettable hooks such as "it ain't the clothes that make the man, it's the woman," and the heartwarming story in "She Reminds Me of You", which you'll simply have to listen to in order to learn how the story ends. Other fans will choose the title cut "When I Get On A Roll" as their favorite, with Tony bringing a honky-tonk sense to the story of a guy who can boast in the barroom before realizing that way of living is not all it's cracked up to be.
The blue-collar struggles in "It Ain't All Good But It Ain't Half Bad" are a marvelous portrayal of the priorities of a guy who's struggling but happy, while "Home Wasn't Built in A Day" is a father-and-son epic that millions of fans from several different generations will adopt as their own.
So if you want to hear the kind of unforgettable singing and songs you're missing so badly these days, put Tony Stampley's new CD into your player. One listen and you'll agree, this is one of the best country CDs you've heard in years.
- Phil Sweetland, Publisher and Editor, Country Insider; Music & Radio contributor, The New York Times.