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Crazy As Me

Robert Lee Castleman

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Album Review

Robert Lee Castleman begins and ends his debut album with songs about the tension between settling down and moving on, and he touches upon the subject elsewhere as well. The collection's ten songs follow a rough narrative about a man who has to keep traveling ("Nobody Said That [It Would Be Easy]") but who nevertheless encounters love ("Like Red on a Rose") and despite his sense that he will never find a partner as "Crazy as Me," he begins to wonder if he shouldn't "Stay Here." He quickly discovers, however, that his companion wants to domesticate him ("You Can't Change Me") and determines that he should be "Movin' On." This is all fairly conventional stuff in the country-folk world Castleman inhabits, but he occasionally comes up with a turn of phrase that goes beyond the clichés. Though he sings his own lyrics feelingly, he is possessed of a wheezy tenor that doesn't do full justice to his songs, and the album can be seen as, in effect, a highly polished demo for the country singers who may one day find hits in such songs as "Stay Here" and "I Can't Believe You (Unless You Lie)."

Customer Reviews

red on a rose

This song has been stuck in my head for days .... i love it. I played it for the man I want to marry and it captured everything that I feel for him and hope that he feels for me.

Mmmmm....I love this man's heart.

I can listen to this man's music over and over again. Sweet stuff. God bless you baby!

Man's Got the Blues - and A Fine Sense of Humor

If you're looking for country, this isn't it, but give it a listen nonetheless. R.L. plays acoustic blues, in this case produced by Pat Bergeson and backed up by none other than Alison Krauss. R.L. is better known as a songwriter, and Alison K. and Alan Jackson have covered many of his creations over the years. Robert Lee's smokey voice often sounds as if his lungs might not last until the next note. But it does, and to good effect, since these are love's-lessons-learned tales that have to come out - even if with the last breath.

Biography

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s

Robert Lee Castleman grew up in various locations as the son of a career military man. He worked in a guitar shop and played in bars and folk clubs before moving to Nashville to become a songwriter, though he supported himself as a trucker. His song "Sneakin' Around" was used as the title track for a 1991 duet album by Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and he played rhythm guitar on Atkins' 1994 album Read My Licks. He also played behind Suzy Bogguss and Eric Johnson before attracting the attention of...
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