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Sara Evans
"Real Fine Place"


November 27 - 03, 2022

Year of Release: 2005
  • Coalmine
  • A Real Fine Place To Start
  • Cheatin'
  • New Hometown
  • You'll Always Be My Baby
  • Supernatural
  • Roll Me Back In Time
  • The Secrets That We Keep
  • Bible Song
  • Tell Me
  • Missing Missouri
  • Momma's Night Out
  • These Four Walls

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    5 #1 songs, 2 #1 albums - from Billboard's Country charts, and you have Sara Evans. She gets her debut this week on WSVNRadio, with her album from 2005. Real Find Place. This album was one of the two that reached #1, and from it, "A Real Fine Place To Start" was one of the five Country songs that reached #1. Real Fine Place was Sara's fifth studio album, and there were a total of four singles: "A Real Fine Place To Start" (#1), "Cheatin'," "Coalmine" and "You'll Always Be My Baby." And, good to mention, that this album does have a TRUE Country sound.

    "Coalmine" starts the album, as it combines both Country and Bluegrass, in a very energetic upbeat style. The next track is considered the title track, the #1 "A Real Fine Place To Start." And it deserves it's #1 status. It is simply a great Country-sounding song. "Cheatin'" is more of a quieter sounding track, yet it works despite the topic of "cheatin'," a common topic in most Country songs.

    And great Country music continues for Sara, as "New Hometown" keeps the Country going strong. "You'll Always Be My Baby" is more of a ballad - a Country ballad, a good Country ballad. Two more great Country songs follow: "Supernatural" and "Roll Me Back In Time." (co-written by Sheryl Crow). "The Secrets That We Keep" has a title that has been the topic of many Country songs - "Secrets." Yet again, Sara Evans puts this song as a very laid back Country sound, and like the rest of the tracks, it just easily fits.

    "Bible Song" has a title that most Country artists would record, that is Christian and Gospel songs. Sara's take on this track is Country, yet the topic of the Bible is not the story of this song - "So no one would sing some bible song." "Tell Me" Sara co-wrote (she co-wrote six songs on this album), and it's another laid back good Country song. "Missing Missouri" is another great upbeat Country-style song. "Momma's Night Out" is a definite rockin' Country song, and "These Four Walls" ends the album, being a beautiful ballad-type song.

    Real Fine Place is definitely a very well-done COUNTRY album by Sara Evans. Comparing to the likes of Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride (well, Martina is an excellent country artist; she tops the short list of female country artists mentioned.) Sara Evans is an excellent artist in her own way. She was very popular during the years 1998 to 2011. During that time, she did encounter a setback (panic attacks), a divorce, and a near-death experince froma plane crash. She appeared on Dancing With The Stars in 2006, but dropped out. She returned to recording in 2014, 2017, and 2020. Yet, she has been a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association, as she was personally affected by it.

    With "today's Country," we haven't seen her popularity as it was since 2014. She is from that "Good Country Era," and most likely doesn't fit the "current" Country artists we see and hear today. Yet I'm sure when she does tour or makes appearances, her true Country fans come out to see and support her. Despite her personal issues, she is one of Country's best female singers, and her albums from her peak years 1998 to 2011 proves just that.

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