Wednesday, January 29, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: KACY & CLAYTON - THE DAY IS PAST AND GONE
Lots of younger artists are trying to play old folk music, and doing pretty well. But I'll put K & C on top of that group. Kacy has an amazing voice, truly haunting, always stirring. She sings to your soul, immediately making the emotion rise in your heart. Clayton Linthicum is a fabulous guitar player, his notes ringing out, whether it's gentle picking or country gospel with a happy skip (Let It Shine On Me). There's not much else here, just occasional fiddle, organ, or autoharp added for emphasis. Clayton can throw in a harmony part on the odd chorus too. But mostly the two tell the rich stories with vocal and guitar, and a touch of echo.
The song selections are surprising, too. I've heard a lot of young interpreters playing the same old standards, not realizing they are well-known if you're over forty. But some of these I've never heard in my decades of listening, and I've heard a lot of folk, friends. They obviously know their stuff, and want to push past the normal. And their own trio of originals, well, let's just say I was stunned to find out they weren't written by the poets of the past. Wood View, with its Carter Family autoharp and close harmonies, is about a family plot that has seen too many young people join its ranks: "My sister she died as a baby, I guess it's all part of His plan." Feels old, is new, and cuts through all the clatter of current pop music to deliver a most gorgeous and glorious sound.