In this new live CD by this talented New York City western swing band we are treated to 12 classic tunes that spotlight the talent of these musicians. It is a celebration of 5 years of Monday night gigs at Barbes in Brooklyn, New York.
The group includes the leader, Dennis Lichtman playing fiddle, clarinet and mandolin, Tamar Korn doing the vocals and Raphael McGregor playing lap steel guitar. Skip Krevens plays standard guitar and does one vocal, Kevin Dorn- drums and Andrew Hall- upright bass.
The album opens with an updated version of A.P. Carter's Jealous Hearted Me, borrowed from the Carter Family. Also from the same era the group reprises two from Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time and Treasures Untold. They also remember Billie Holiday with Comes Love and now do a live version of Trigger Blues, a group instrumental. The group borrows from the Smith Ballew Orch. from the years before Smith's great singing cowboy era, You Were Only Passing Time with Me and from steel guitar legend Speedy West, Speedin' West. Skip Krevens really shines in the vocal spotlight on Crazy Cause I Love You from the great Spade Cooley band with Tex Williams on vocal. The group also go to the pop music songbook for Lonesome and Sorry and Billy Rose's If You Want the Rainbow. Another instrumental is You Just Take Her and the album closes with Love, Love, Love Me Honey Do from the late Patsy Cline.
The album can be ordered for $16 (shipping included) from Triple Treble Music, 1115 46th Road, #3D, Long Island City, NY 11101. You can also order all three Brain Cloud CDs for $40. For other ordering options see www.braincloudmusic.com
Mike Gross, KSEY-FM, Seymour, TX & KTNK-AM, Lompoc, CA.