Country music legend Johnny Lee is about to release a brand new album “You Ain’t Never Been To Texas,” his first studio album in 10 years. Best known for his biggest hit “Lookin’ for Love” from the iconic 1980 movie “Urban Cowboy,” Lee is a truly gifted artist. The new record has a real honky tonk country feel and harkens back to his days at Gilley’s Club in Texas.
The album is the real deal. You won’t find any crossover country pop on this one. This is the kind of stuff your mom and dad listened to, real country music. In fact, the album cover is emblazoned with a warning label reading: Warning-real country music inside. Lonesome Love List” kicks things off, a quaint little tune that you can imagine dancing to. Whether you want to slow dance or get up and boogie, the entire album will make you want to grab your sweetheart and hit the dance floor. The songwriting is top notch and Lee’s vocals sound better than ever. Check out the crunchy, down and dirty guitar on “Good Lovin’ Woman Bad” and the slinky groove of “2 Steps from the Blues.” The lyrics are thoughtful and the performances are poignant as Lee spins his tales about the typical country themes of God, guns, and a good woman. Exceptionally moving is his ode to nature as proof of God’s existence in “Never Been to Texas” and his reflections on life and what is truly important in the album closer “Worth Watching.” Both songs are real tearjerkers so grab a hankie, you’re going to need one.
“You Ain’t Never Been To Texas” is a wonderful collection of soon to be country classics from one of the best in the business. Just like the album cover warns, this is real country music and it simply doesn’t get any better than that.