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“Circle” Vol. III
Hank Cochran
Willie Nelson

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Bobby Braddock
Hank Cochran
Gordon Lightfoot
Mel Tillis

Reviews:
Dierks Bentley
Alan Jackson
Danielle Peck
Earl Scruggs


2003
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Danielle Peck CD
DANIELLE PECK
Danielle Peck
(Big Machine) Producers: Tommy Lee James (5 tracks), Byron Gallimore (3 tracks), Jeremy Stover (3 tracks)
Prime cuts
: “Isn't That Everything,” “Kiss You On The Mouth,” “I Don't,” “Thirsty Again,” “Only The Lonely Talkin',” “A Woman Does Too,” “Fallin' Apart”

Critique: Born in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and raised in Coshocton, Ohio, this ex-waitress and one-time cover band singer was one of the first acts signed to Scott Borchetta's new Big Machine label. Not hard to see what swayed that decision. Her sultry brunette beauty captures the eye, teamed with an ear-pleasing set of pipes — on top of which she also seems to have a way with a pen, having co-written eight of the 11 tunes. Thanks to the trails recently blazed by the likes of Gretchen Wilson and Sugarland we've come to expect some party-hearty swagger and sass from today's country woman, and Daniel Peck delivers a chunk of that with songs like “Honky Tonk Time” and “Findin' A Good Man.” But there are also quieter moments of raw emotion and vulnerability, and here's where Peck gets to parade her best stuff. “I Don't,” the first single, is a power ballad with an angry message about forgiveness and the withholding thereof (“The difference is/Jesus loves you, I don't”). Peck smolders over the lazy brush beat of “Kiss You On The Mouth.” “Only The Lonely Talkin'” is another keeper, a cool mid-tempo with a Mavericks-like vocal flip in the chorus. Shades of Shania and Faith inform ballads like the steamy “Thirsty Again,” and the almost hymn-solemn “A Woman Does Too,” which manages to address the fact that, chromosomes aside, hey, we're all kinda the same, without making a big political deal of it. “Findin' A Good Man” addresses a challenge I'm sure many women regard as the Eternal Question. Come to think of it, finding a home at radio these days can be no less daunting a pursuit. There's a whole slew of new female singers on the rise right now, all vying for those ever-diminishing chart slots. Let's hope Danielle Peck gets her moment to shine. Sounds to me like she's got the goods.

— Larry Wayne Clark

This review originally appeared in Music Row magazine. 2006, all rights reserved