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|Sasser has fun recording CD|
Bobby Sasser has been singing songs most of his life.
So it's only natural that his first CD would be called, "Songs of My Life."
"It was fun," Sasser said. "It something that has been in the back of my mind and something I've always wanted to do."
Actually it took a little prodding from his wife, Sherrill, daughter, Kelle, and son, Steven.
"Sherrill has been pushing me on it and then the kids went behind my back and gave me a Christmas present of four hours studio time at Cross Creek Recording Studio in Aimwell," Sasser said. "That kind of put the pressure on me."
Sasser said two years ago, pianist Sylvia Johns Ritchie told him if he ever recorded a song, she wanted to be a part of it.
"After Christmas, I got together with Sylvia and got started on the project," Sasser said.
David Posey, who recorded and engineered the CD, accompanies Sasser on the steel guitar.
"That is a fabulous studio and David is a very capable at what he does," Sasser said. "I didn't realize how technical it was. David would go back and pick out the instrumental and vocal problems and do them over again."
Clyde Revoir plays the drums on the CD, Tim McGivaren added bass guitar and Bill Kelly played the electric guitar.
"I met with the musicians at Sevier Methodist Church one Saturday afternoon and we had a great time," Sasser said. "Bill Kelly came down from Hamburg, Ark., and played electric guitar over all the other instruments and it sounds like he was there at the same time. Sylvia went back and added some organ music."
"When we finished the 10 songs, Sylvia asked if I wanted to add another one while I had the time," Sasser said. "So I picked Eddy Arnold's 'You Don't Know Me,' because it features David on the steel guitar."
Sasser originally picked 21 songs to sing before cutting that list down to 11.
Among the songs are "It Had to be You," "Misty," "New York, New York," After The Loving," "The Shadow of Your Smile," and "Georgia on My Mind."
"That's my favorite," Sasser said.
"Just a 'Closer Walk With Thee,'" is the final song.
"I wanted to end it with a spiritual song," Sasser said. "Sylvia played five years at Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans and told me she always ended with 'Just a Closer Walk With Thee,' so I picked that."
Sasser said he is his own worst critic.
"On 'Misty' there is a place where I sing falsetto and I was real nervous about that," he said. "I had to make sure I got that down right. But I am very happy with it."
Happy enough to have a follow-up?
"I'm not real sure right now," he said. "But I decided if I do, it will be called, 'Second Time Around.'"
Sasser's CD is available at Delta Music Museum and the Bryant O'Hammett Vidalia Conference and Convention Center. It sells for $15.
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