With instrumental help from Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry, the songs With the release of Radio Boy, Caraher demonstrates the breadth and depth of his song-writing. From the mysterious title song to the haunting regret of “Louisiana Sea”, Caraher brings us into the rich inner world of the seemingly ordinary. This world ranges from the despair of a father grieving for his soldier son (“In the Rain”) to the acceptance of a lost childhood (“Right Here”). To keep the listener from looking for a noose, the mood of the album is leavened with beautiful ballads, satire and even mindless drivel.
There’s even a song or two that will appeal to kids (“Gonna Be a Cowboy”) and one that captures what it’s like to love a child (“Without You”).
Jimmy Dale Gilmore has remarked that Caraher’s songs are brilliant and Caraher’s mother has repeated that phrase although she was referring to Dennis’s somewhat more successful older sibling who operates a lucrative shower door reupholstering franchise.
It was really Dennis’s idea but he has not seen ONE DIME.
Anyhow. Radio Boy. Good. Really good. While fairly tyrannical, the producer, Chris Haynes, has done an excellent job of gathering musicians to create a unique, multi-layered sound. Jim Henry does a lot of the guitar work with Tracy Grammer adding vocals and fiddle. There were many others who helped but they are too numerous to mention. Well, not really, but you can find their names on the liner notes on the CD if you would just buy the thing already.