Kate Campbell – The K.O.A. Tapes (Vol. 1) (2016)

Posted by admin on October 22, 2019
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Here is yet another recording epic from Southern girl, singer-songwriter Kate Campbell. Her depth of emotion, lyrical content and general poetic warmth help elevate her to a place reserved for special performers. Those of a unique talent, this time around she has a bunch of wonderful musicians escort her through her work. Campbell hasn’t only gone for her own material, but places a unique spin on standards “America”, Kris Kristofferson’s “Me And Bobbie McGee”, southern rock perennial “Freebird” and Richard Thompson’s classic “From Galway To Graceland”; to go with timeless gospel favourites “Jesus, Savour, Pilot Me”, “Passing Through” and “I Am A Pilgrim” to her own “The Locust Years” and “Strangeness Of the Day”. The latter warmed in sumptuous Dobro and accordion is arguably the best performance on the record; one recorded on her I phone 5 and/ or two mics in her living room by David Henry and at other places across America.

Campbell’s love of rural beauty and real people see her (guitar, wurlitzer, lead, harmony vocals) and Missy Raines (upright bass, harmony vocals), Laura Boosinger (banjo), Steve Smith (mandolin, harmony vocals), Joey Miskulin (accordion), Spooner Oldham (Hammond B-3 Organ, Glockenspiel), Sally Van Meter (dobro), John Kirk (fiddle) and Ben Surratt (tambourine) produce, especially on the likes of “I Am A Pilgrim” a warm, homely ambiance. Her graceful delivery of other gospel gems “Jesus, Savour, Pilot Me” and “Passing Through” are just as faultless, and suited to Campbell’s style. Warmed in Hammond B-3, upright bass and a gentle shuffling rhythm that builds in sublime fashion as momentum ignites more that just a little passion Campbell comes into her own.

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