PressCountry Music People , UK
Got Me Where You Want Me
FREDDY AINT READY / THE WAY I GO / CRAZY / GOT ME WHERE YOU WANT ME / LOVE ME TOGETHER / GOODBYE TRUTH /‘GONNA LOSE ME / NEVER BEEN TOO LUCKY
Producers: James Hyland and Eldridge Goins
Amanda Cevallos really impressed with her I’ll Never Honky Tonk You album a few years back, and now the Austin-based Latina singer-songwriter is back with en equally impressive set. Regular gigs in Austin’s legendary Broken Spoke have certainly helped the former model’s profile, and on Got Me Where You Want Me she sounds even more assured.
Not always an out-and-out honky-tonker, Cevallos has a unique raspy quality to her voice that I’d recognize anywhere, even after just one record. She also has a dreamy south-western feel to many of her songs that I really like, and the depth of a serious singer-songwriter to her lyrics, which are relationship gone wrong based, however, Amanda Cevallos is unlike many ‘serious’ singer-songwriters in that she never gets so self-indulgent that she is in danger of disappearing up her own backside.
I love the hook in the title track, which goes from, “got me where you want me to “ don’t want me where you got me”. These are far from quirky catchy ditties yet hugely commercial and every track a grower.
Love Me Together has all the right country cues but could work equally well for someone like Emmylou Harris as it would for Mandy Barnett or Miranda Lambert. Whereas Goodbye Truth is an out and out honky-tonker with some clever lyrics like, “my old friend lie never made me feel so blue”.
Amanda Cevallos has huge potential with both the country crowd and fans of Americana, but she is in need of getting her music heard more widely. Maybe relentless touring all over the US is the answer, but in the meantime if she’s not on your radar she really ought to be. I think she has a sound all of her own, and I like it very much. At only eight tracks Got Me Where You Want Me is a tad on the short side, but with the album also available on vinyl, and remembering how the longer the side of an LP the worse the quality, that might have been a deciding factor.
- Duncan Warwick
Country Music People