FAME Review: Yvette Landry - Should Have Known
Yvette Landry - Should Have Known

Should Have Known

Yvette Landry

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

Once in great while you are fortunate enough to hear a fantastic talent just as it has stepped up on to the launching pad. Do yourself a favor and buy this disc, particularly if you loved the strong, no nonsense country women of a bygone era -- Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Kitty Wells. Put on your boots and saddle up as here comes Yvette Landry. This is a woman who has been playing music just a few short years, she started as a bass player in her hometown of Breaux Bridge, LA in Cajun bands (she still plays in three Cajun bands), and she has played with the likes of Dirk Powell, Balfa Toujours, and Bill Kirchen among others. Here we have her debut solo CD comprised of 16 honest from the heart songs that she wrote. These songs will have any bunch of Honky Tonk dancers, worthy of the name, up and on the dance floor. These are not the sweet songs that gloss over things, but the gritty songs that tell the whole story with no fuzzy crappy glossing over about them; listen to Another Lesson Learned. It is the real story and if there is anyone out there who hasn't felt this way I'll call him or her a liar. This isn't a woman who bathes in pity, but climbs back into the saddle after landing on her forked end, to ride into the challenges of the path she has chosen to take. She is fully armed with the knowledge that there are buck offs, and heartbreak to show her just how good life can be when it fits together.

She has learned lessons from what life has placed in her path, but there isn't yielding but rather the courage to climb back up and give it a better try the next time. The gritty real flavor that drives her songs home separates her from so many other aspiring singer/songwriters. There is an honesty that only comes from facing all that life has to offer, knowing when to stand there and take it, and when to turn and walk to the side so you can walk to the front another day. Her voice shows that inner combination of both toughness and tenderness. She is ably assisted here with some very strong musical partners; there is Betse Ellis on fiddle, Glenn Fields handles the drums, Chas Justus handles most electric guitar and Richard Comeaux handles the steel guitar that alternately weeps and wails with stunning effect. There are many others throwing their support to Ms Landry as she handles all of the lead vocals as well as acoustic guitar. If all is right in this world, this woman is a huge star, she has the songs that tell a real story, the spirit that is in the right place, and courage to succeed and it is just a matter of timing now. Go and get this disc, I can guarantee that if you like heart generated, honest, no bullshit music, that pulls no punches, you will be so happy, sensory dynamite.

Track List:

  • Should Have Known
  • 120 Proof
  • Better Days
  • Blue Moon Girl
  • Friday Night Special
  • Jack
  • Where Memories Are Gold
  • One More Broken Heart
  • Talk
  • Down Home Blues
  • Can't See Me Without You
  • Growing Old
  • Another Lesson Learned
  • Dead and Gone
  • Too Tired
  • Fishing's Better Anyway
All songs by Yvette Landry.

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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