Category: CD Reviews

Resurrection – Kinky Friedman’s new CD – Review

Written Jane Ponte A couple of weeks ago I was presented with the opportunity to chat with music provocateur Kinky Friedman. At first, I was a bit intimidated by the thought of having a conversation with the Kinkster. He’s the stuff legends are made of, in my humble opinion. And while his outspoken demeanor may…


Zac Brown Band / Lucas Nelson – Woodlands Pavilion – Woodlands, TX – Review

Written by Dave Clements – Oct. 27, 2019 Who’s on first, what’s on second, I don’t know is on third. And that is the way it went all evening of the Zac Brown Concert in The Woodlands this Sunday night. So confusing… I hadn’t even left the house yet and the confusion began. Do we…


Chuck Hawthorne- Fire Out of Stone- CD Review

Written by James Killen Chuck is a Texas phenomenon. He blew in out of the Texas panhandle, signed up for the Marine Corp, saw the world, and completed his twenty years (and a tad more) as a combat marine. He learned to play guitar while in the corps, but he brought his voice with its…


Jordi Baizan- Free and Fine- CD review

Written by James Killen If you think that songwriters are tragic figures, always struggling against an unfair society and self- destructive behavior, to bring an ultimate truth out into the light, then you haven’t met Jordi Baizan. Jordi writes songs from the perspective of a typical middle class American. He can find meaning in the…


Libby Koch- Redemption 10 (Live at the Blue Rock) – CD Review

Written by James Killen Making a live album has always been a hit or miss prospect. There have been great ones like The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East and Joni Mitchell’s Miles of Aisles and then again, a whole host of them that have dropped off into obscurity. When Libby chose to reproduce her first…


Cheryl Cawood – “Love, ~pearl”- Album Review

Written by Jane Ponte / Photos by Ray Redding Singer-songwriter Cheryl Cawood is a woman in motion. Blink, and you may miss her as she zips by, juggling her full-time job as a laboratory scientist at the University of Texas Medical Branch, her family, her Texas honky-tonk band Kickin’ it Dixie, and her own songwriting…


Robert Mark Abrahams – Matinee – CD Review

Written by James Killen Mark Abrahams has been hanging around music for fifty years or more in Central Texas and has had some tunes stewing on the back of the stove, it seems, for a good portion of that time. He attended a songwriting workshop in 2015 with Walt Wilkins and Kevin Welch where things…


Ordinary Elephant- Honest – CD Review

Written by James Killen I have been following Crystal and Pete Damore (Ordinary Elephant) for a couple of years now and was eager to jump in on their Kickstarter campaign for their newest disc, “Honest”. From the day it arrived, it went to the CD player in my truck and lived there for over two…


George Ensle- Home – CD review

Written by James Killen George Ensle has just released his latest CD, “Home”, recorded with Berkalin Records. George is a Texas singer songwriter writing from the same tradition that Willie Nelson, Guy Clark and Stephen Fromholz wrote from. George recorded his first record in 1978 and has stayed true to the traditional country/ folk roots….


KPFT’s 49th Birthday Party- Heights Theater- Houston, TX – Review

Written by James Killen HMR has been celebrating birthdays with KPFT for years. They always have fantastic musicians donating their time and talents to the cause, as well as fantastic venue owners sponsoring the party, and a myriad of listener/supporters giving everything from time to silent auction items. It’s a wonderful celebration of one of…