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Charlie Gracie
I'm All Right

I recently had the good fortune of seeing Charlie Gracie perform live at New York City's oldest honkytonk, the Rodeo Bar. Gracie, a rock-and-roll innovator who had his first hit in 1957 with "Butterfly," performed with the vibrancy and passion of a man half his age. I can only imagine what he must have been like when he first came on the scene—a bright-burning meteorite of pure rock-and-roll.

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I'm All Right

Let the Good Times Roll
Kaw-liga
A Little Too Soon to Tell
Tootsie

Get Real!

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More than 40 years after his introduction into the music industry, Gracie has released a new album, aptly title I'm All Right (Lanark Records). Produced by bassist Quentin Jones, the 15-track CD mixes timeless classics, like "Let the Good Times Roll" and Hank Williams' "Kaw-liga," with Gracie originals. The album kicks off with the honky tonk toe-tapper "Tootsie," followed by the smooth drivin' title track, which will have you longing for the open road. On "A Little Too Soon to Tell," Gracie sings a charming duet with Graham Nash, and follows it with his best Elvis impersonation on "Lover Boy."

Gracie's teen idol vocals are warm and smooth with just a tinge of grit straight through the first 11 tracks, but he goes astray at the end of the disk with three songs that seem sadly out of sync. His fantastically-committed performance on "Go Man Go" is followed by the awkward ballad "I'm Confessing." The vocals on "Times Are Changing" lack Gracie's usual vibrancy, and his faux-Credence Clearwater Revival version of a Lennon & McCartney classic feels glaringly misplaced. But for the most part, Gracie sticks with what he knows best, and turns out an album of roots rock-and-roll that will warm your heart and turn your stereo red hot.

—Leslie Rosenberg



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