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Reason and Rhyme
     

Reason and Rhyme

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by Kathy Kallick
 
Kathy Kallick has a natural, non-pretentious quality that goes a long way in acoustic music circles, and this approach holds true for 2004's Reason and Rhyme. Unlike a number of artists who attempt to impress listeners with their honest qualities, Kallick just gets down to business, offering off-the-cuff versions of a big handful of folk songs. She opens with

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Kathy Kallick has a natural, non-pretentious quality that goes a long way in acoustic music circles, and this approach holds true for 2004's Reason and Rhyme. Unlike a number of artists who attempt to impress listeners with their honest qualities, Kallick just gets down to business, offering off-the-cuff versions of a big handful of folk songs. She opens with "I Once Loved," a self-penned song with an evocative chord progression, and follows with a nice version of Kate Wolf's "Trumpet Vine." There's a slight country quality to Kallick's vocals, but what really puts the lyrics across is the emotion she instills into them. It doesn't hurt that the production of Reason and Rhyme is so clean, highlighted by full, though uncluttered, arrangements. The musicians, including Herb Pedersen, Laurie Lewis, and Nina Gerber, vary quite a bit from song to song, but the similar acoustic instruments -- fiddle, guitar, and mandolin -- and small settings keep the proceedings uniform. Vocal accompaniment -- by Tom Rozum, Lewis, and others -- on the choruses of "The Words You Don't Say" and "You Took Me Away" also fills out the sound. The only small complaint is that none of the songs on Reason and Rhyme quite match the originality of the opening cut, and it's easy for the listener to sink into the doldrums of the singer/songwriter lyrics halfway through the album. Kallick's fans and fans of acoustic music will appreciate this clean, well-recorded album.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
Copper Creek
UPC:
0722321021525
catalogNumber:
215

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Performance Credits

Kathy Kallick   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Laurie Lewis   Fiddle,Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Scott Nygaard   Guitar
Peter Rowan   Guitar,Vocals
Todd Phillips   Acoustic Bass
Cindy Brown   Acoustic Bass
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Nina Gerber   Guitar
Sally Van Meter   Dobro
Herb Pedersen   Vocals
John Reischman   Mandolin
Tom Rozum   Mandolin,Vocals
Brian Wicklund   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Kathy Kallick   Composer,Producer
Scott Nygaard   Composer
Kate Wolf   Composer
Nina Gerber   Composer
James Leva   Liner Notes
Jim Nunally   Engineer
Peter Thompson   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Tom Size   Producer,Engineer

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Reason and Rhyme 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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San Franciscan Kathy Kallick is a mountain gal at heart. An experienced musician, she cut her teeth on bluegrass and put out several albums with the Good Ol' Persons. She then recorded her first solo album (“Matters of the Heart”) in 1993. “Use A Napkin [Not Your Mom]” and “Call Me A Taxi” followed in 1995 and 1996, respectively. Her own Kathy Kallick Band formed in 1997, and they issued “Walkin' In My Shoes” at the end of 1998. Kallick’s only album with no original compositions, “My Mother’s Voice,” came out in 2001. Her singing has always been earthy and passionate. As a songwriter, she knows how to pen beautiful impressionistic pieces with memorable contemporary messages. Over ten years since Kallick’s “Matter of the Heart,” her first foray into contemporary folk music, “Reason & Rhyme” is her long-awaited return to the beauty of the singer/songwriter tradition. While it may be that love is “beyond all reason and rhyme,” this album gives us a logical, well planned, and thoughtful presentation of her next round of original material. Best categorized as acoustic Americana, it has apparent influences from many stylistic genres of music from folk to Celtic, and country to bluegrass. The result is some fresh sounding tuneful fare that acoustic music lovers will immediately embrace. With its diverse influences, “Reason & Rhyme” might seem like a big step from bluegrass, but the roots are still there. A troubadour and exquisite storyteller, Kallick solely wrote nine of the songs that embrace the human spirit and tell life-affirming tales. She collaborated with Scott Nygaard to pen “Love You on a Train,” while Nina Gerber is also credited with composing “Take Care of Your Little Girls.” A splendid country number with hit potential, “The Words You Don’t Say,” was co-written with James Leva and Carol Elizabeth Jones. A Kate Wolf cover (“Trumpet Vine”) and two traditional songs (“Lone Pilgrim” and “Handsome Cabin Boy”) round out the album. All lyrics are included. The fifteen songs span an hour in total, and the songs are given liberally-timed arrangements (most spanning 4-5 minutes each) that leisurely allow the songs’ messages to share the spotlight with her fine, proficient instrumental accompanists. The album opens with “I Once Loved,” played and sung by a full band that includes Scott Nygaard, Herb Pedersen, Amy Stenberg, Brian Wicklund, John Reischman, and Cindy Brown, the same configuration featured on “Coastal Fog” and almost the same assemblage on the album closer, “Bring Me Back To You.” Track four, “The Words You Don't Say,” introduces her friends Laurie Lewis (fiddle, vocals), Tom Rozum (mandolin, vocals), and Sally Van Meter (dobro). The arrangements are tightly crafted, with each song given its own non-formulaic treatment. Interspersed with those given a fuller approach are some wonderfully-lean offerings like “Trumpet Vine” and “Just a Song” and “Take Care of Your Little Girls” that showcase Nina Gerber’s powerful guitar work. Equally impressive on his instrument, Scott Nygaard adds a second guitar for interplay with Nina’s on “What a Night.” Another pleasant surprise is the five-minute plaintive folk ballad, “Lone Pilgrim” in which Kathy’s mournfully sweet voice is accompanied only by Laurie’s fiddle that sounds much like a Swedish hardanger. A cameo appearance by Peter Rowan is made on “Rustler’s Moon,” a song inspired by the late Charles Sawtelle, while Todd Phillips and Stuart Duncan join in on “Hard to Let Go.” “Reason & Rhyme,” Kathy Kallick’s lucky thirteenth album release, will hopefully bring he