Tell Mama by Hank Thomas

Broadjam Artist: Hank ThomasSong: Tell MamaBroadjam Pro Reviewer: Elizabeth Elkins (Songwriter)Pro General Comments: I love a history / military song that works on all levels. On first lesson, I didn’t realize this was a song from a soldier’s perspecti…

Hank Thomas

Broadjam Artist: Hank Thomas
Song: Tell Mama

Broadjam Pro Reviewer:
Elizabeth Elkins (Songwriter)

Pro General Comments: I love a history / military song that works on all levels. On first lesson, I didn't realize this was a song from a soldier's perspective. It felt very universal, like a love gone wrong where a man feels the need to disappear. The lyric is really strong and sings great. My main concern is that the production feels a little "predictable" and the Spanish flamenco guitar is a little out of place with the lyric and rest of the vibe, unless you intend this for a Texas country artist. That may be your best bet pitch wise, is somebody like Aaron Watson. It's got that Mexican-California vibe which might alienate Nashville pitches. Overall, I do love your melody, and it's sung in a low-key emotive manner that is a perfect match for the darkness of the song. I encourage you to look to Texas artists for pitches, as well as explore film/tv sync opportunities for this one. I enjoyed listening each time, and believe others will as well. Vocals could sit a little better in the mix (turn down the lead guitar parts some), but otherwise all good as far as the recording.

Quote From Pro: Echoes of Dwight Yoakum and Roy Orbison fill this heartbreaking number about a wounded soldier's isolation and death. Sung with a desperation that sounds almost like a tear, this song borders on a The Mavericks-style country replete with baritone guitar and Spanish inflection.

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