Monday, October 17, 2016

CD Review: Musicians Gather To Pay Tribute To Adam Carroll & Paul Kelly And Charlie Owen Team Up For A "Dateless Night"

Texas born singer/songwriter Adam Carroll has been an inspiration for rising musicians for over two decades. His songs may not be nationally known, but he "takes the events of ordinary lives and turns them into deeply moving songs." Austin-based record label Eight 30 Records decided to pay tribute to the wordsmith with "Highway Prayer: A Tribute To Adam Carroll," featuring other local rising talent.
 
The new sixteen-song release begins with James McMurty performing the laid-back country tune "Screen Door" as Carroll's words are simple and to the point. The slow, country sway of "South Of Town," performed by Slaid Cleaves, feels like country gold as his voice warms your heart. The acoustic folk appeal of "Oklahoma Gypsy Shuffler" showcases some of Carroll's best writing as Band Of Heathens deliver an amazing version of the song. Jamie Lin Wilson adds a different tone to "Hi-Fi Love" with her spirited vocals and Scott Nolan delivers a stark, emotional version of "Rain." The duo of Tim Easton and Aaron Lee Tasjan team up for the country/folk interpretation of "Black Flag Blues," before Jason Eady tells the tale of "Errol's Song." The album finishes with the feel-good story of "Home Again" from Mando Saenz and an original from Adam Carroll selling us on "My Only Good Shirt." To find out more about "Highway Prayer: A Tribute To Adam Carroll," please visit facebook.com/Highway-Prayer-A-Tribute-to-Adam-Carroll
 
Australian-born music artists Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen have teamed up for the first time on the latest release "Death's Dateless Night." The two discussed the collaboration driving together to a funeral and the song's selected for their collaboration have that dark, soft quality that circles around the subject of time and loss. The new twelve song release begins with a stark, piano bar feel of Stephen Foster's "Hard Times." The duo continue with the traditional, acoustic blues of "Pallet On Your Floor," before arriving at the first original song of the album featuring Kelly's storied lyrics for "Nukkanya." The album's only other original "Meet Me In The Middle Of The Air" features the great supported dobro work of Owen to Kelly's folk-style songwriting. The duo find the perfect marriage of music and words on Leonard Cohen's "Bird On A Wire," before finishing with a spiritual delivery of The Beatles' "Let It Be" and the country twang of Hank Williams' "Angel Of Death." To find out more about Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen's first collaboration, "Death's Dateless Night," please visit paulkelly.com.au.

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