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Critical Acclaim for "Finally Here"

From "Twentieth Century Guitar" Magazine (Oct 2001):

"Among the finest instrumental pedal steel CDs released in the past year is Finally Here (on Steel Guitar Forum Records) from PA.-based Jim Cohen. A long time pedal steel enthusiast and the leader of Philadelphia's premier Western Swing band, Beats Walkin’, Cohen has arranged a number of jazz and pop standards for his debut solo CD including new covers of the A.C. Jobim classic "Desifinado", the Max Steiner classic "Tara's Theme" (a.k.a "Gone With The Wind") and a sterling cover of "Our Day Will Come", the early '60s Top 40 hit from Ruby & The Romantics. Superbly produced by Dan Kleiman and featuring Cohen supported by a solid crew, Finally Here is certainly one of the best new steel guitar albums of 2000."

Hear from the pro's:

"A first class and exceptionally well done CD from front to back."

    - Maurice Anderson, Steel guitarist, formerly with Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys

"A great CD. I played it over and over."
    - John Hughey, Steel guitarist for Vince Gill and, formerly, Conway Twitty

"Jim has a world-class touch. He may be one of the most underrated steel guitarists out there right now."
    - Jeff Newman, Steel guitarist and world's foremost steel guitar instructor, Nashville, TN

"This CD is great. I have heard Jim play at several shows, and I have been aware for sometime that he is a fine player. This CD just proves it! I do suggest it for your collection."
    - Herby Wallace, Steel guitarist, formerly with Donna Fargo, Con Hunley, and others, Sevierville, TN

"If we ever have a vote at the International Steel Guitar Convention for the best CD of the year, I would vote for this one!"
    - DeWitt ('Scotty') Scott, Chairman, International Steel Guitar Convention, St. Louis, MO.

"Superb! What a great CD, and so masterfully performed by a great steel guitar player. All of the arrangements are done with great taste and the musicians on the project were masters of their instruments."
    - Roy Rosetta, Master keyboard musician, Dallas, Texas

"This is one fine album!."
    - Neil Flanz, Steel guitarist, formerly with Graham Parsons

"Awesome- just awesome. In my humble opinion, this CD is one of the best steel guitar recordings ever. As far as I'm concerned, this is the steel guitar album of the year. Five stars!"
    - Mike Perlowin, Studio steel guitarist, Los Angeles, CA

"A great album by a great player. A wonderful debut album."
    - Herb Steiner, Steel guitarist for Johnny Bush, Austin, TX

"This is the best picking, tone, arrangements, and backup musicians I've heard in a long time, maybe ever!"
    - Jim Smith, Steel guitarist, co-designer of Dekley steel guitars, Dallas, TX

"A wonderful album. The arrangements, the other players and the overall mix are all excellent."
    - Mike Ihde, Guitar Faculty and steel guitarist, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

"A great CD! It's one thing to hear a player as a sideman, it's another to hear a player take center stage (and Jim took it like Grant took Richmond)"
    - Dayna Wills, Vocalist, Member Western Swing Hall of Fame, Stockton, CA