"Dedicated to the memory of Ronnie 'Plonk' Lane."
Songs from Gary's days with The Love Hounds, along with some newly recorded acoustic material are combined on 'Love Hounds n' Fortune Cookies'.
The CD is released on Anew Music's Snook's Records label - a home to Gary's song writing talents.
''melodic country rock, all done with perfect execution… perfect material
for the intelligent consumer."
''excellent collection…touches similar places to Ronnie Lane's Slim
"Jason & The Scorchers / Steve Earle / Faces country - rock. Great."
''Love Hounds…is a calling card announcing an artist of considerable
class and distinction.''
"Eight out of the eleven tracks have been self penned by Gary and he
co-wrote the other three. He is a great singer / songwriter...This is
a CD that would be very much to the taste of the Country Rock Fan."
Okay, firstly I need to admit that until very recently, I hadn’t actually
heard of Gary O’Dea. That all changed however when I had a couple of CDs
thrust into my hand along with some mention of reviewing for a web site.
Well, before I had a chance to confess that I didn’t have a clue about
reviewing anything, my reservations were pre empted with “just have a
listen I think you’ll like them”. So, listen I did, and like them – I
really did. Love Hounds and Fortune Cookies opens with a really rootsy
kind of country rock track – “Dream on” – loads of fab classic ‘tube tone’
guitars and rockin’ piano. Unlike some CDs I have heard that start really
promising and quickly decline into the mundane, this one continues to
impress throughout (well it did me) with rich mixture songs and melodies
that clearly deserve a wider audience. Love Hounds n’ Fortune Cookies
is clearly the product of many years labour. A collection of original
songs, a host of first rate musicians and arrangements that would be the
envy of many established artists, signals the arrival of a musically serious
guy who clearly means business. Dedicated to the memories of Ronnie Lane,
I suspect Gary’s’ inspirations are far reaching. This is no collection
of ‘covers’ though it does take you to places (no bad thing) that you
think you may have been once or twice before. Tracks like “Welcome to
the Show” – Bap Kennedy fans will like this one, “Early morning till the
sun go down” – remember Timbuck 3 ? and “Little Miss Fortune” – well,
I reckon Graham Parker wouldn’t be too unhappy with this one.This is a
quality production in my view and as I can already hear people saying
“ yeah and who are you then?” I’d find it hard to believe that there isn’t
something for everyone here. This one won’t do ya CD collection any damage
at all. AMc