MP3 DeLon - Traditional Country
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14 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Traditional Country, EASY LISTENING: Love Songs
For your listening pleasure, an songwriter/artist, who is staying true to the sounds of "TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC", and who refuses to get caught up in the new Nashville trend of "contemporary pop/rock" country music.
"WHEN I MOVED OUT OF TULSA" a # 1 song on the independent country music charts!!!
"CRAZY COUNTRY BOY" a # 3 song on the independent country music charts!!!
As of January 15, 2005, DeLon ranks # 7 on the "WORLDWIDE MAINSTREAM AIRPLAY CHARTS" FOR INDEPENDENT AND THE MAINSTREAM NASHVILLE "BIG STARS" in total airplay of his music. The total number of artists played on overseas country radio stations, was 3,167. All of Europe, England, Scotland, Ireland, the Scandanavian counties, New Zealand, Australia, and some Asian countries are included in calculating these chart rankings. For the period of time from January, 2004 through March 31, 2005, DeLon has averaged a ranking of # 52 out of over 3,000 artists receiving airplay during this time, including the "big stars" from Nashville, TN USA.
In 1996, DeLon conferred with Skeeter Davis, his long-time personal friend and sister in Christ about what he wanted to do, regarding a career in country music. She directed him to John Rees, who became his producer, music arranger and keyboard player on this first album and his future albums. John assembled an all-star cast of musicians, including Weldon Myrick and Hal Rugg, both members of the steel guitar player's Hall of Fame, and former members of the Grand Ole Opry staff band. Jimmy Capps, on lead guitar, and still a member of the Grand Ole Opry staff band, lends his many skills to this album also. Miss Skeeter Davis passed away recently on September 19, 2004 and she will be missed by so many, who knew her. This album, released in 1997, was dedicated to her and her on-going battle with cancer. She fought a good fight. DeLon and Skeeter had been friends and fellow Christians for over thirty years. And, sadly, Hal Rugg, also lost his battle with cancer during the summer of 2005. DeLon and Hal had been friends and fellow Christians since working on this album, beginning in 1996. His musical talents shall be missed, but moreso, the man himself.
DeLon, a former pro baseball player and businessman, launched his career in 1997, when he went to Nashville to began recording this album. He is an active physical fitness buff, working out 5-6 times per week. He plays fast-pitch baseball regularly, when not out performing in concert. All of this exercise helps him to remain a "flat belly" as the much younger current stars of Nashville country music are called.
In this album, DeLon covers past classic hit songs, made famous by Eddy Arnold and Jim Reeves, who was DeLon's inspiration and major influence for his beginning interest in country music. You will hear his versions of "MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY"; "HE'LL HAVE TO GO"; AND "FOUR WALLS". And, as DeLon likes to say, "we country-fied a couple of songs, "HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT" and "I LOVE HOW YOU LOVE ME", using only the basic country instruments and adding a sax to give them a country-doo-whop sound. His self-penned songs are written from the heart, allowing you to enjoy the stories, the love songs, and the good feelings associated with them.
DeLon continues to be a voting member of the CMA(Country Music Association), after having met the qualifications for membership in 2002.
You will also want to look in on his most recent album at this same site, "HIGHWAYS OF LIFE" where you will find DeLon has written 11 original songs on this 12-song album.
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