Blue Frontier

On paper, it probably looked like a great marketing idea — making a country super-trio out of Jimmy Griffin, guitarist-singer from the soft-rock group Bread, Richard Mainegra, who wrote Elvis Presley’s ”Separate Ways,” and a second guitarist, Rick Yancey, a respected country session guitarist. They would borrow liberally from a variety of successful country-rock acts, warbling some Crosby, Stills & Nash harmonies, using Bernie Leadon on guitar for a little Eagles feel, and throwing in some pedal steel guitar to capture some of the lightweight appeal of the Desert Rose Band. But, despite their gorgeous vocal blend, the Remingtons have surprisingly little to say. Their lyrics display none of CS& N’s brilliance or the Eagles’ bite — and all of the Desert Rose Band’s bland mediocrity. The Remingtons seem never to have realized that country music essentially tells a story — it’s one person sharing intimate joys and sorrows. But aside from ”Two-Timin’ Me,” a pleasant enough piece of lightweight R&B, and ”A Long Time Ago,” the saga of a sadder-but-wiser lad who opted for fame and fortune over true love, the Remingtons seem content simply to skate on the surface of romantic emotion, perfecting a sugary brand of bubble-gum country. The Remingtons? The Cap Guns would make more noise. C-

Blue Frontier
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