Back Holler Music
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Carl Cacho is one of New England's favorite songwriters. Kevin So and Stephanie Corby, two outstanding Boston-based singer/songwriters, have been covering his songs and singing his praises for years.
In Cacho's newest recording, Spark, co-produced with Neale Eckstein of the well-known Fox Run concert series, Cacho has a chance to showcase his distinctive tenor and wide ranging songwriting talent. The CD opens with the playful bluegrass tune The Devil in Me. Mark Erelli, another of Cacho's musical friends, provides backing vocals as well as high-strung guitar. Steve Sadler on dobro provides just the right touch of country.
Bordertown takes us south of the border, into Mexico, in a well-crafted song with a darker mood and melody:
Slip it Into Drive is one of the recording's best cuts. Accompanied by a full band and two backing vocalists, this rollicking, upbeat tune describes love on the road, when you are young and free of responsibilities. Lots of great guitar work here. The album gets its title from the lyric: "You've got to slip it into drive, /Take it out of park /If you need a jump /I'll be our spark." I love this song.
And Cacho knows how to sing and write the blues in Home is Where They Have to Let you In.
The color blue has never been as beautiful or as touching as it is in Cacho's The Bluest of Things. Cacho's accessible tenor is pitch perfect and touching here.
But I love the delightful Kris Delmhorst in the playful, flirtatious duet One Step Too Far, that she shares with Cacho. A touch of country, a touch of fun, a bit of Delmhorst's fiddle and strong vocals by both artists make this one a winner.
Stay With Me Tonight is the CD's first-rate love song. It's just Cacho on guitar accompanied by his pal Kevin So on guitar, keyboards and backing vocals. Soft and sweet and lovely.
Carl Cacho brings a novelist's ability to write a story in song, along with his appealing tenor, to a wide range of musical styles and sensibilities. He is one of those musicians who can do it all well - from bluegrass to rock to folk. But most of all, he is simply fun to listen to. Go out and buy a copy of Spark and have a listen. Carl Cacho is going places.