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14 Aug 09 Album Review: David Cline presents Big Slick

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If you’ve ever wondered what Texas music to play on poker night, well, Hold’em there cowboy. The Texas Music Journal has just run across David Cline, a Texas Hold’em music maniac.

Cline has put together a wild card set of Hold’em songs on a Texas-sized chip, songs that any player with a few holes in his pocket can relate to. Down to earth, homegrown lyrics are highlighted by solid country licks and chops on guitar, bass, harp, fiddle, steel guitar, drums, keyboard, dobro, clarinet and banjo along with gospel choir backup vocals, twangs and other “thangs”. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll pick up a beer or two and catch yourself tapping along before you’re done.

I never thought there were so many things to sing about in Texas Hold’em. His songs are full of Harleys, honeys, beer, poker, chips, antics, wins and losses. Cline spins yarns of no rent, torment and lament, but he is not about to stop the flop. He’ll take you a few turns down the river and then deal out another flop before you can even say, “I’m all in”.

Now, this collection is not for the faint-of-heart fly-by-night gambler nor is it for the dead-eye poker-faced gambler. It’s for those players out for some serious fun, because you can’t take yourself too seriously in Hold’em. If there’s one message that Cline can testify to it’s that the luck is in the cards. So, gather up your buds, grab a beer, shuffle and let Cline deal out the fun.

And, yes, I’m a Hold’em player… ‘nuff said.

Cline has done more than just produce this one album. He’s put together a total of seven country music albums and one gospel album. He also has numerous other songwriting and entertainment awards to add to his credits. David’s music is now being played on XM Radio, Internet Radio as well as AM & FM radio stations all over the United States and Europe. In January of 2004, a song he wrote, entitled “Good Ole Country Music & Western Swing”, hit number one on the European Country Music Charts. He topped the Worldwide Mainstream Indie and Major Charts as most independent played artist in November of 2002. Over the years, there have been numerous articles written about David, and his music in local papers and national trade magazines. Magazines like Truckers News, Road Star, Road King and The Trail Rider. Most recently there has been a full two-page featured article written about David in the May/June issue of the National RV Companion Magazine.

More information about David Cline can be found at his website: Copies of the album as well as digital downloads can be purchased at CD Baby.

1. Darned Ole Casinos
2. Friday Night Poker Game
3. Big Slick
4. Texas Hold’em
5. Brand New Friends
6. Texas Hold’em Championship Bracelet
7. I’m All In
8. Bad Beat Blues
9. Lady Luck
10. That Almighty River
11. The Gambler
12. Ace in the Hole
13. All the King Georges

Lead Vocals: David Cline
Bass: Jerry Hancock, Kevin Bailey, Kerry Huckaba
Harmonica: Kevin Bailey
Lead Guitar: Ron Ramirez, Jerry Matheny, Milo Deering
Fiddle: Milo Deering, Steve Story
Key Board: Ron Dilulio, Brad Neher
Clarinet: Joe Auenson
Steel Guitar: Junior Knight, Milo Deering
Drums: Billy Joe Freeman, Warren Dewey
Dobro: Milo Deering, Mitchell Smithey
Banjo: Kevin Bailey
Background Vocals: Benita Arterberry, Kevin Bailey

Executively producers: David and Becky Cline
Song production and engineering: Paul Osborne (Audio Dallas Studios, Dallas, TX) and Phil York (Yorktown Digital, Irving, TX)
Mastering: Phil York (Yorktown Digital, Irving, TX)
Circle Wire Records (Seagoville, TX)
Cline Acres Pub

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