CD Review: Kimberly Kaye - Old Time Gospel - by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Old Time Gospel
Are You Washed In The Blood - Linger - In The Garden - Children Go - She Saw Me - Amazing Grace

Holy Cow Batman, this CD sounds just like the original Carter Family.  From the guitar sound of Mother Maybelle to the incredible harmonies Kimberly Kaye is creating with herself.  Actually this entire min-CD is Kimberly Kaye.  She does it all, the remarkable guitar, mandolin, and banjo, and of course the vocals and harmonies.  Not sure where or when she did this wonderful new approach to the Carter Family 'sound' but Fire Wheel Audio had a hand in the 'mix' which is so important with a project like this.  There's a lot to bring together when it's one person doing all the work.  And in the case of Kimberly Kaye it is a most excellent representation of that early roots traditional music that came right out of the Kentucky hills.  Kimberly was born in Iowa, so she can't 'claim' that kind of representation, but her voice and her indelible 'sound alike' ability is remarkable. What a nice way to hear some of the old gospel songs done in the Carter style with a whole big bunch of authenticity attached, as well as a nice original couple of songs by Kimberly.  "Linger" is a nice recollection of time spent, and not spent, with Grandpa.  "She Saw Me" a song dedicated to her mother, is another of her delightful originals.  Kimberly is obviously a multi-instrumentalist as well as being a multi-vocalist.  She has a Master's degree in Christian Studies, she is a licensed local pastor working part-time for her hometown United Church of Christ.  Her passion is outreach to seniors, writing songs about life priorities, inspirational speaking for Women's groups and leaning on Jesus.  The only error I find on this project is the 'listing' of the songs.  "In The Garden" follows "Linger" instead of "Children Go."  That is insignificant in the world of traditional music, and easily fixed.  In total, this is one of the best new 'roots' music CD's I've heard in a long time, and I'm glad I got it just in time for the Christmas season.  What a nice way to listen in the year of 2019.  Here we come.  Off to the Rural Roots Music Commission this one goes.
WWW.MUSIC-SAVERS.COM  Record Review by Bob Everhart, President National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

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