CD Review: Love Willows – Hey! Hey!

CD Review: Love Willows – Hey! Hey!

  The Love WillowsHey! Hey!Decca by Al Kaufman It must be the dour economic times that makes people want to listen to unabashedly happy music. Last year we had the Submarines out of LA, and this year it's time for Atlanta's Love Willows. The duo of singer Hope Partlow and multi-instrumentalist and singer Ryan Wilson are […]

CD Review: Ying Quartet — Dim Sum

CD Review: Ying Quartet — Dim Sum

Ying QuartetDim SumTelarc **** by Al Kaufman Ah, these Ying kids. Three brothers and a sister make up a classical quartet consisting of two violins, a viola, and a cello. But this is not the classical music your stodgy old grandmother listens to. The CD is named Dim Sum because, like the food, these are […]

CD Review: Sharon Robinson — Everybody Knows

CD Review: Sharon Robinson — Everybody Knows

Sharon RobinsonEverybody Knows ***1/2 by Al Kaufman In her over 20 years in the music business, Robinson has penned songs for some of the biggest names; including Diana Ross, Don Henley, and Rufus Wainwright. Her biggest success came when she co-wrote the Patti LaBelle recorded "New Attitude" for Beverly Hills Cop. But if anyone in […]

Mad fer Ray Davies, Locksley, at Variety Playhouse, Atlanta

Mad fer Ray Davies, Locksley, at Variety Playhouse, Atlanta

Ray Davis / LocksleyVariety PlayhouseDec 2nd 2008By Stephanie Roman The chilly December night at Variety Playhouse began with a welcome warm-up from Locksley–the Brooklyn-invasion mod squad who kicked off the evening quite well for their young fans and the Ray Davies crowd. Groovy backbeats and garage-rock guitars dominated the band's hits: "All Over Again", "Why Can't I Be You" (not The Cure song), and "Don't Make […]

CD Review: Patty Larkin — Watch the Sky

CD Review: Patty Larkin — Watch the Sky

Patty LarkinWatch the SkyVanguard ** 1/2 by Al Kaufman It's easy to imagine folkie Patty Larkin walking into the studio. Her eyes light up as bright as her fiery red hair as she views all the shiny knobs and buttons. She cuts her song (playing all the instruments herself), then plays with all the controls […]

CD Review: The Gay Blades — Ghosts

CD Review: The Gay Blades — Ghosts

The Gay BladesGhosts4 Never Records/Triple Crown 2 stars by Al Kaufman Everyone knows people who are smart, but not nearly as smart as they think they are. These people also tend to not be nearly as funny as they think they are. But they sure as hell think they are smarter and funnier than you. […]

CD Review: Whitley–The Submarine

CD Review: Whitley–The Submarine

WhitleyThe SubmarineDew Process by Al Kaufman This sound is going to need its own label soon: electro-folk, folktronica, or techno-Americana. Whatever the case, 23-year-old Aussie Lawrence Greenwood, aka "Whitley," used to be in hardcore bands. Then he saw alt-country singers Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch and his new sound was born. The Submarine was released […]

CD Review: Catie Curtis — Sweet Life

CD Review: Catie Curtis — Sweet Life

Catie CurtisSweet LifeCompass Records by Al Kaufman Ask any great songwriter and they will tell you the hardest song to write is a happy song. Using that criteria, Catie Curtis is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. With a mature but sweet voice, Curtis opens her CD with the title cut, in which […]

CD Review:  Brendan James – The Day Is Brave

CD Review: Brendan James – The Day Is Brave

Brendan James The Day is Brave Decca Records     by Noel Wurst        Brendan James doesn’t really care about gaining your daughter’s attention, but he certainly wants yours.  While certainly appearing/sounding young, the melancholy nature of nearly all of his songs is going to fly over the heads (and cares) of all the […]

CD Review: Paula Nelson Band — Lucky 13

CD Review: Paula Nelson Band — Lucky 13

Paula Nelson BandLucky 13Justice Records by Al Kaufman It must be a blessing and a curse to be the daughter of outlaw country legend Willie Nelson. Paula Nelson grew up around some of the greatest musicians ever, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Waylon Jennings, and, of course, Johnny Cash. If just a quarter of all that […]