Category: CD Reviews

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…


Jackie Venson- Transcends- CD review

Written by James Killen If you have not yet opened yourself up to the Jackie Venson phenomenon, it’s about time that you did. This young lady is a ball of positive energy and chock full of talent. She propels a freedom and rights agenda without anger, without accusation, but with determination that is inspiring. Her…


Jill Jack- These Days- CD Review

Written by James Killen What do you get when you pull a country music singing lady up from Motown? Jill Jack, that’s what you get. Jill has opened for a number of great touring acts over the years, like Bob Seger, Dan Fogelberg, Kim Richey, Will Kimbrough and Loretta Lynn. She has a strong classic…


Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit- The Nashville Sound- CD review

Written by James Killen I couldn’t let the year get past me without saying something about this great disc from the former Drive By Trucker, Jason Isbell. He’s been turning out some amazing from-the-gut compositions that hit all corners of life head on. “The Nashville Sound” did not disappoint me. He starts the CD off…