Friday, September 13, 2013

Kellye Gray And, They Call Us Cowboys The Texas Music Project GRR8 2013

Giddy up! A new female vocalist just rode into town and her name is Kellye Gray!

O.K. she is not really all that new but The Texas Music Project should have heads snapping in her direction in short order. Pop, country, blues and deconstructed jazz styling all come together to celebrate the very best of the Texas music singer songwriter tradition. At first glance tunes from Roger Miller, Christopher Cross, and Lyle Lovett might sound like a mash up of covers for a reasonably talented vocalist to simply bang out for a quick payday. 

Kellye Gray is well past "reasonably talented" and is instead a dynamic vocalist that can deconstruct some classic tunes and literally make them her own if just for a brief moment of time. It goes, singer then vocalist and then artist with Gray putting a definite artistic statement on this fine collection. The vibe here is as ever changing as the Texas panhandle as we move from shuffle blues to gospel to boogaloo all with the flavor of the Lone Star State with just a splash of jazz flavoring to make this unique hybrid special. 

Minimal over-dubbing as these sessions were almost completely live studio tracks where the engineer hits roll tape and the music takes control. No advanced prep, free Texas jazz as organic and real as it gets. And, They Call Us Cowboys The Texas Music Project is as fresh, organic and full of life. Pure entertainment from start to finish. You would be hard pressed to think of another jazz singer with the chops and vision to pull off a recording like this and make it work this well.  

 Tracks: Help Me Make It Through The Night; In The Ghetto; If I Needed You; Dang Me; Deep In The West; Sailing; Only The Lonely; Always On My Mind; Night's Lullaby.

Personnel: Kellye Gray: Vocals; Jake Langley: Guitar; Pamela York: Keys; Kevin Lovejoy: Keys; Chris Maresh: Bass; Kyle Thompson: Drums; John Mills: Horns; Red Young: Organ; Chris Lovejoy: Percussion.

Special Thanks To Michael Bloom of Michael Bloom Media Relations! Yet Another Winner!