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The Kennedys - Songs Of The Open Road

Songs Of The Open Road

The Kennedys

APR CD 1097

Appleseed Records

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

You want to know what’s really great about each passing year since Pete and Maura Kennedy decided to make only the music they wanted to make: The promise of new music from The Kennedys, of course.

Whether in actuality or symbolically, we have all had more than our share of lonely miles and adventurous spans on the open road. And though not as satisfying as their original efforts, this fourteen song collection of Pete and Maura’s favorite ‘road covers’ still allows our Number One folk rock duo to shine as bright as ever, translating into shimmering, jingle-jangle morning guitars, harmony, and Maura’s effusive, warm-as-sunshine voice.

Having enjoyed listening to and writing about The Kennedy’s for many a year, I feel safe enough to say that some of the songs on their latest offering work better than others, even if all fourteen are worth a good listen. Some that work best for me are Victoria Williams’ transcendent This Moment; a lushly, guitar textured A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall; the poppy charge of Nick Lowe’s Raging Eyes; a ringing Sin City; John Stewart’s sweet Jasmine; Dave Carter’s Gypsy Rose; Mahalia Jackson’s triumphant I’m On My Way; and Bobby Neuwirth’s enigmatic Eye on The Road.

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Track List:

  • This Moment
  • Eight Miles High
  • A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
  • Pretty Girl Why
  • Gypsy Rose
  • Raging Eyes
  • Gypsy Rider
  • Galveston
  • Jasmine
  • Eye On The Road
  • Happytown (All Right With Me)
  • Sin City
  • I'm On My Way
  • Late Night Grande Hotel
Produced by Pete Kennedy

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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