Taking the former first, Dean Owens & The Felsons contribute a breezy Good, Kimmie Rhodes shines on a new acoustic recording of one of her career launching songs, I Just Drove By, Annie Keating offers an alternative version of her recent album title track Water Tower View and bluesy soul singer Clarence Bucaro's represented by a demo of Looking For Home.
Arguably the most familiar act in the collection, Hey Negrita get into fuzz guitar country rock with Welcome Home, a song Felix Bechtolsheimer wrote in rehab 10 years ago, just getting into country courtesy of a cowboy junkie roommate who'd worked with Gram. Elsewhere, former Emmylou backing singer Fayssoux (McLean) might not be flagged high on the radar, but her backing trio, Peter Cooper, Eric Brace and Lloyd Green certainly are and the waltzing bluegrass Golightly Creek should considerably help raising her profile.
Of the unknown quantities, the strongest among them have to include Nertherland's the Shiner Twins whose Find Your Way Home sounds like a soul-country Percy Sledge, Alabama guitarist sideman Anthony Crawford with his CS&N influenced reflection on mortality and the Steve Earl gravelly throat of Steve Mednick's Why? Why?Why? But, if you happen to be a Jack Tempchin fan, then you might just want it for You Only Live Once, a previously unrecorded song he offered after being impressed by Swedish act Citizen K, recording here with two of his mates under the homage name of Smashing Tempchins..
Immigrants…and Other Americans Reviewed by Muziekvenster
Steve Mednick...has a beautiful, velvety voice and poetic songs are invariably superior quality. Steve Mednick's a songwriter without really being noticed makes the most beautiful things. He started his musical career in 2006 and now has eight albums to his name. "Immigrants and Other Americans" was co-produced by Eddie Seville on the album has joined on guitar, harp and percussion.