Call Me a Taxi

Kathy Kallick

(SH CD-3856)

Sugar Hill Records, Inc.
P O Box 55300
Durham, NC 27717-5300

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by John Rae
(raej@mczcr.gov.on.ca)

Titles:

Kathy Kallick has been among the elite of contemporary singers and songwriters since founding the group the Good Old Persons in 1975. On her new CD, CALL ME A TAXI, Kallick returns to more of a bluegrass orientation, and it is a most welcome return.

"Call Me a Taxi," the CD's opening track, is a spirited, up-tempo treatment of betrayal and escape. On the surface, "Griddle in the Middle" is an "old-timey" ode to an old oven, but it's really much more than that. This song describes an era that is past and gone, the 1950s. "Close By" speaks of true love, and this track contains some lovely and rich harmonies and tight instrumental work. "Old Time's Sake" is a tender ballad that recalls the past.

Produced by Todd Phillips, CALL ME A TAXI also features John Reischman, Sally Van Meter, Scott Nygaard, Keith Little, and Laurie Lewis, but Kallick's rich voice shines throughout. The CD contains eleven tracks, eight of which are originals by Kallick, with the remainder coming from Bill Monroe, the Carter Family, and Red Allen.

Bluegrass is a genre of music where female performers are too infrequently featured in a lead role. Kathy Kallick has rightfully assumed a prominent role, and this recording is one of my favorites of 1996. I am eagerly looking forward to her next CD and I hope it will be another bluegrass-oriented recording.

Edited by Henry Koretzky
[HRK@PSULIAS.PSU.EDU]

Copyright 1997, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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