Category: CD Reviews

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…


Outlaws & Legends Music Festival – Abilene, Texas – Review

Written by Dave Clements My wife and I were invited by Mark Powell, organizer of the Outlaws and Legends Music Festival to come up as his guests and enjoy the festival. This festival is held annually in Abilene Texas, about 100 miles west of Fort Worth and about a five hour drive from the Houston…


2018 SWRFA CD Reviews

Written by James Killen It has been almost two months since I began exploring the music from the recordings that I was given by the artists at this year’s SWRFA convention. I listened to each recording at least twice and many a bit more than that. There were some very unique and distinctive productions. People…


Mystery Loves Company- Here We Are- CD review

Written by James Killen Carlos and Maddy have been spending a great deal of time in the studios writing and recording a previously unnamed CD for months. Finally, we have the next studio produced disc of “chamber rock” from Mystery Loves Company coming out. “Here We Are” includes some completely new compositions as well as…


Carolyn Wonderland- Moon Goes Missing- CD review

Written by James Killen Ms. Carolyn never strays far from the blues and Moon Goes Missing is another tasteful chapter in that story. This effort includes five compositions by Carolyn on her own, two more that she shares writing credit with someone else and four covers of some fine blues classics. She also included some…


Jeannine Higgins- Self Titled CD Review

Written by James Killen I met Jeannine at the 2017 SWRFA convention in one of the seminars. She was asking a question about how one knows when a recording is good enough to say “fini” and put it on the record. It was only a month or so later when I ran into her again…


Ordinary Elephant- Dusty Words & Cardboard Boxes- CD review

Written by James Killen I am doing something here that I seldom do and that is to reach back in time to talk about a less than current CD. I happened to pick up the 2013 production of Ordinary Elephant, “Dusty Words & Cardboard Boxes” at one of their shows, because this one slipped past…


Motel Mirrors- In the Meantime- CD review

Written by James Killen Will Sexton has joined forces with wife, Amy Lavere, and her fellow Tennesseans, John Paul Keith, and Shawn Zorn to become part of a band called Motel Mirrors. The band hails from Memphis and has named their debut disc, “In the Meantime” bringing to mind a certain John Hiatt song (although…


Porterdavis- Extra Electric Infinite- CD review

Written by James Killen It’s been eight years or so since Daniel Barrett, Simon Wallace and Mike Meadows have put out anything together as Porterdavis. It’s not that they have been idle for that time. Barrett has been producing other artists, like Ruthie Foster and Meadows and Wallace are highly sought after session musicians, having…