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Con Hunley

Sweet Memories – 2004 (Immi)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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Con Hunley had some country chart success in the late 1970s and 1980s with hits like "Oh Girl," "You Lay A Whole Lot Of Love One Me" and "I've Been Waiting For You All Of My Life." His silky smooth vocal stylings were a perfect fit for the 'country-politan' wave in vogue at the time.

Hunley's back, and his velvet voice is as good as ever. It would be a stretch to call his latest a traditional country effort, but there's more than enough Nashville here to satisfy. The album reunites Hunley with his old producer, the legendary Norro Wilson. In addition to re-cutting several of his old classics, "No Relief In Sight" and "Since I Fell For You," there are some nice interpretations of country standards like "She Thinks I Still Care," Bill Anderson's "Still" and Vince Gill's "If You Ever Have Forever in Mind." The record ends with a fine rendition of the gospel classic, "Amazing Grace," dedicated to Hunley's mother.

Con Hunley is a song stylist who sounds as good now as he did 20 years ago. His new album projects an intimacy that is absent from most Music Row releases.