“Welcome Home” Review by Bob Everhart
Barry Ward is a cowboy who makes his home in Kansas. He’s a remarkable western vocalist, and songwriter. He has no less than five incredible gifted ‘message’ songs on this CD that he wrote.
Barry has the military and veterans on his mind. He knows what they are going through, ‘The Brave and The Free.’ A couple more songs like “Freedom at Last” and “Welcome Home” also bring us to a realization of what America is all about, and what it would not be about if it weren’t for our military. He makes it plain in his liner notes…. “THANK YOU, and I especially want to thank our Vietnam Veterans who sadly never got the homecoming they so desperately deserved. It is to these courageous and unselfish soldiers that I say “Welcome Home.”
Barry Ward is a remarkable songwriter. The ability to put in a few words the ‘feelings’ of an entire nation is no easy task, but he also has the voice to go with his original writings. It’s that combination of talents that makes Barry Ward rise above the mundane and produce remarkable music that really does have something to say. In today’s world, perhaps ‘music’ is the best route to take. Everything seems to be a toss-up no matter what you do or say, and if it gets to high on the political scale it’s protesters and destructors who demand their voice be heard, whether they are right or not. For me I’d much rather put on a Barry Ward CD and listen my way to satisfaction.
Ward has an amazing selection of terrific musicians on this CD, and the studio engineer did a fantastic job mixing it just right. I really like the way he did John Denver’s song “Back Home Again” beginning with just a single rhythm guitar, and then quietly and gently adding the rest of the musicians. What a neat way to do this song. He also does it on “America The Beautiful” very inspiring and very well done. I still like some of the classics of country music, and Barry has two really good ones on this project, “North to Alaska” and “Wings Of A Dove.”
Super neat album, just right for an opportunity for any listener to direct their thoughts and feelings back to a better, stronger, and more appreciative America. Off it goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission.(Read more…)
Rick Huff’s Best Of The West Reviews
– Barry Ward “Welcome Home”
Former WMA Male Performer Of The Year Barry Ward’s newest release is one that was obviously assigned a different mission than usual. There’s less specific Western content here, but Bear’s fans won’t mind a bit.
The title track is a tough song about the cold shoulder accorded the Vietnam-era vets when they returned from their war. And much of the CD is patriotic or religious in nature. Two of the cover songs offered are “North To Alaska” and John Denver’s “Back Home Again,” both considered to be Western (or close). One of the album picks is a Pony Express song from Dennis Goodwin & Jean Prescott called “Orphans Preferred.” One of the Western picks from Barry’s originals is “Lilacs In The Wind,” but the power of some of his others is unarguable. Recommended. Fourteen tracks total.
CD: (available through www.BarryWardMusic.com)
– by Rick Huff’s Best Of The West Reviews