FAME Review: Yvette Landry - No Man's Land
Yvette Landry - No Man's Land

No Man's Land

Yvette Landry

Available from Yvette Landry's web site.

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

This is the second disc from this rich-voiced young country singer who has a much older sensibility to her. She gives us a dozen of her songs; the thirteenth song, Lord I get High, was written by Matt Kline. The songs reflect an active intelligence that doesn't accept things at face value. Sometimes they are ironic and funny, at other time sad, yet always present a sharp comment on life as she experiences/observes it in Breaux Bridge, LA, or on the road with one of the bands she plays in. Just the titles give you a hint; Butterfly Kisses, Three Chords and A Bottle, My Next Mr. Ex, and I'd Love to Lay You Down, are a few of the titles and present you with ideas on her songs. It is her wit and sharp insight that make them into the gems that they are. The songs and the way they are presented take the listener back to the days of country singers such as Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn. Yet it is a new age and today's thinking woman isn't going to "Stand By Her Man" no matter what, they demand respect and deserve it for what they have accomplished.

This country singer, Yvette Landry, here spends many of her nights playing with several Cajun bands, Bonsoir Catin, The Lafayette Rhythm Devils, and Balfa Toujours, to name three. The people that perform on No Man's Land reflect the respect that she earned: Cindy Cashdollar, Bill Kirchen, Dirk Powell, Tony Daigle, and her son Trevor Landry. (When you were a college student, would you want to be seen with your mother's band?) This disc contains a good variety of buckle polishers as well as some that rock. If the music doesn't get you up and dancing, the songs will bring some smiles to your face as well as thoughts to your grey matter. A solid disc in every way and one that is sure to stick in your player as it is that good on so many levels.

Track List:

  • Dog House Blues
  • Butterfly Kisses
  • Three Chords and a Bottle
  • My Next Mr. Ex
  • Forever Cowboy
  • What I'm Thinking
  • Yeah, You Right!
  • Lord, I Get High (Matt Kline)
  • I'd Love to Lay You Down
  • This House is Not a Home
  • Little Gold Band
  • What in the Hell They Did Back Then
  • When I Die
All songs written by Yvette Landry unless noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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