Rules Of The Game
Reviews by country music critic, Robert Oermann: Sage Keffer is the Discovery Award winner today. Some major label should give him a contract, take the eight sides on Rules of the Game as is and give him and his most worthy co-producer Matt Rovey a bunch of money to add four more tracks. Take my word for it, this guy has a got a boatload of talent to back up his good looks.
SAGE KEFFER/ I Said I Love You Producer: Matt Rovey/Sage Keffer I first encountered this guy in Kansas City when I was on the road judging for Nashville Star. I told him I’d be interested in hearing more from him. Guess what? He’s moved to Nashville and made a CD. Titled Rules of the Game, it is simply splendid, way better than most major-label products. As I remembered, he is a singer with immense heart. It turns out that he’s a heck of a song selector, too. Every track here is a little gem, but his performance on this deliciously melodic toe-tapper is especially swell. The production carries you along like a perfect wave. Also check out his ballad showcase All I Want, his reworking of the 1934 swing chestnut I’ll String Along with You and his tender cover of Neil Diamond’s Hello Again.