|Topcat Is Tops Again|
To listen to Kirkpatrick on DRIVE ACROSS TEXAS, though, is to realize what a superb artist he is--and to wonder why his gifts haven't been more fully recognized. Not only does he possess a warm, rich, deep-chested voice (and play a bitchin' guitar), he writes songs imbued with wit, wisdom and heart.
every song on the 16-track CD deals with love and its joys and sorrows,
but Kirkpatrick makes each and every message sound fresh and urgent. He's
helped by his gifted band, which includes Steve Coleridge (harp &
other instruments), Jon Dyke (keyboards) and Peter Hague (drums). First
recorded in England, DRIVE ACROSS TEXAS has been given new life by Topcat.
Let's hope its US release will do the same for Kirkpatrick's career.
Owens' trumpet-playing is a thing of beauty: strong, clear and emphatic and he is backed by such veteran musicians as reed players Horace A. Young and Andra Haviland, guitarist Charles Davis, bassist Jophn Moon and keyboardist Rone Cole, to name but a few. THE HOUSE IS BURNING also features the captivating work of vocalists Trudy Lynn, Gloria Edwards and Leonard 'Low Down' Brown.
Topcat Records, (972) 484-4141 or visit topcatrecords.com