Category: CD Reviews

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…


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…