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REVIEW: Geronimo Trevino III & The Geronimo Band - Loves' Lost & Found

(Half Breed) After taking a few years off from recording to work on his book that traces the history of Texas' dancehalls, "Dance Halls & Last Calls: A History of Texas Country Music," which also spawned a companion CD, San Antonio's Geronimo Trevino now returns with his 7th album, Loves' Lost & Found. The album, produced by Geronimo and comprised of both originals and covers, also marks the first time his crack, long-time band gets billing, as Geronimo turns over lead vocals on a couple of songs to his compadres.

Steeped in Texas dancehall tradition and overflowing with weeping steel and fiddle, Loves' Lost & Found opens with the mid-tempo Tex-Mex flavored "Holdin' On," which deals with a man's struggle to get over a lost love and the hope that one day he'll win her back. The fiddle and steel driven title track, "Love Lost & Found" is the poignant and bittersweet tale of an engagement ring bought in a pawn shop. The band's guitarist/piano player, Tom Strauch wrote and takes over lead vocals on "Family Jewels," a humor filled shuffle about a man taking a razzing from his buddies over being henpecked by his wife. Geronimo shopped "When Is The Right Time?" around in Nashville over a dozen years ago, only to be told it wasn't the kind of song they were looking for. He ran into Willie Nelson, who asked to hear it and told Geronimo it was a good song- it just needed a little arrangement tweeking. Here, Geronimo finally got around to the "tweeking," and with the addition of Dude Strauch's lonesome harmonica licks, delivers a tender and aching lost-love ballad of reflection and regret. 

The breathtaking epic western ballad, "Land Of The Navajo" was originally supposed to have appeared on Geronimo's 1994 album My Heroes Have Always Killed Cowboys, but didn't make it. The basic tracks were recorded in Nashville with some of it's finest session musicians including John Willis on guitar, the late Roy Husky Jr. on upright bass, Buddy Emmons on dobro and Vassar Clements on fiddle. The original tape was transferred from analog, and Geronimo, Jeff (Simonson) and Tom (Strauch) added their vocals to include this formerly set-aside gem on Loves' Lost & Found.

Three songs on the album, according to Geronimo, have a "Johnny Rodriquez connection." The first, is a  Geronimo penned song, "Warmth Of Mexico," a laid back Tex-Mex affair that was inspired after opening a string of shows for Johnny and winding up doing shows in fridged temperature zones. The second song "West Texas Girl," is penned by band member Jeff Simonson (bass) who takes lead vocals on this pretty western flavored waltz that he wrote after they'd backed Johnny at a show in Odessa, Texas. The third song is an album highlight, the beautiful but mournfully poignant bi-lingual ballad "Mira Las Palomas," written by Mike Blakely. Geronimo had previously recorded the song on his album Conjunto con Padres, which had made the first round ballot for best Tejano album for the Grammy and Latin Grammy awards. Geronimo loved the song and never felt it got it's rightful due, so he decided to recut it for Love's Lost & Found, however this time around he re-recorded it with Johnny Rodriguez guesting on duet vocals.

 

"Somewhere Far Away" is an early Hal Ketchum penned song about a dreamer and and his lost dreams that Geronimo has been covering for more than a dozen years and is one of his most requested songs. Paying homage to two of his biggest influences, Geronimo gives a sterling rendition of Willie Nelson's weeper, "I'm Still Not Over You," which was recorded by Ray Price. As his tribute to the late, great Johnny Cash, Geronimo delivers a terrific steel driven cover of "I Still Miss Someone." The album closes with a strong reworking of one of Bob Will's most famous fiddle songs, "Maiden's Prayer."

One of Texas' regrettably lesser known troubadours, Geronimo Trevino possesses a versatility and clarity in his voice that's at times reminiscent of Marty Robbins. In both his own songwriting and in his interpretations of other peoples' songs, he proves himself a serious student of traditional Texas dancehall country music, and also as a historian of the history and tradition, he's become a well respected keeper of the flame. Geronimo and his band have honed their deep respect and skills of the music though 15 years of playing the dance hall circuit in Texas shows. On Loves' Lost & Found, they've created a most enticing, impressive and well crafted album.   

Standout Tracks: "Holdin' On, "Land Of The Navajo," "Love Lost And Found," "Family Jewels," "Mira Las Palomas," "When Is The Right Time?," "I'm Still Not Over You"

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AnnMarie Harrington TakeCountryBack November 2004

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