Review Fix chats with singer/songwriter Ted Cline, who discusses his new single, Mexican Ana and more.
About Ted Cline:
Ted just finished recording four songs for his forthcoming album. The album includes instant classics Ted wrote with his longtime co-writer, Gary Beard. “Mexican Anna” is a track that indeed sounds as if Marty Robbins would perform it. “That Was Me” is a semi-autobiographical song sure to become a fan favorite.
Review Fix: What inspired Mexican Ana?
Cline: The song Mexican Ana was inspired by a trip in September 2019 to the Walnut Valley Creek Festival in Winfield Kansas with my cousins Jannette and Denton and friends Lonnie and Clay for a week of music and camping at one of the biggest music festivals in the Midwest. I met a lady there who was an aspiring writer and lover of music. We visited on and off through the whole festival. She had such a love for words and music that when I got back from the festival it inspired me to sit down and write a song about her, the girl named Ana, and that week in Winfield Kansas.
Review Fix: What is different from the others?
Cline: This song is different from anything I have ever written or put music to before. The words come from a real place and time and a real person. It’s also one of the fastest I have ever put into words and it came together so much easier than other songs I have written. I guess that’s why they call it inspiration.
Review Fix: What do you think makes it unique?
Cline: What makes this song unique is really the music composition that fits so well around the words. The words of the song are talking about a Mexican girl named Ana, so the southwest music composition fits with the words and it kind of makes a complete package of the whole song. The Southwest feel of this music hasn’t really been done since the Marty Robbins days of the ‘60s and the ‘70s.
Review Fix: What has been the reception so far?
Cline: The song has only been on radio promotion a little over 5 weeks and the song has done quite well being in the top 10 on European and World charts for independent artists. From what I hear from my listeners they like the composition of the song, the story behind it and the Southwestern feel that the music creates. So, the response has been strong and feedback for this song has been very promising for me.
Review Fix: What are your goals for this track?
Cline: One of my goals for the track would be to see it fit into a western movie of some sort! But in the meantime, I want to get it out to all the streaming service providers. It is currently on Spotify and Amazon along with 250,000 radio stations world-wide. I want to get it to as many outlets as I can and to the ears of as many listeners as possible with the help of Musik and Film president Stephen Wrench and publicist Tom Estey to help bring a fuller awareness of my music to a wide range of listeners and open people up to hear many more songs to come.
Review Fix: Where do you think this stands in your catalogue of tunes?
Cline: This song rates very high in my catalogue. I’ve been writing and playing music for 47 years and have written a host of songs but never one that came together as fast as this one. The words and music fit together so well and that made it one of the easiest songs I’ve ever written. This song encompasses the Southwestern feel that has almost been forgotten over the years. It still appeals to the Country music people but also has the flair of Americana. I would definitely rate it as one of my top three songs.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Cline: I’m planning on releasing another song in spring of 2021 called Lucky Day. I think will fit well with what people have been through in the year of 2020 and the Covid pandemic crisis and the hard times people have been through. Also, I hope to get out on the road in 2021 and promote the songs live and get my music out there to as many ears as I can. (I’m sure all artist are feeling like this at this point and time.)
To finish up, I would like to say a thank you to the people that have made this journey possible during the roughest year since the Great Depression. Ray and Lisa Wait, Gary Beard, Denton and Jannette Benson, Pat Norman, Kenny Royster and the A TEAM in Nashville, Larry and Connie Wilmes, Stephen Wrench and Tom Estey, Scott and Michelle Low and all my fans and family! It takes a village they say! They’re right!!