FAME Review: Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle - We Still Love Our Country
Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle - We Still Love Our Country

We Still Love Our Country

Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle

Available from Carrie Rodriguez's online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

The only problem with this otherwise totally trouble free and enjoyable disc is that it's eight songs barely clock in at thirty minutes.

Since her heralded and beguiling duets with Chip Taylor (Red Dog Tracks, The Trouble With Humans) Rodriguez's signature organics—an earthy, seductive sense of harmony and longing, soaring, emphatic fiddle, and irrepressible energy—have textured her solo recordings and elemental live performances to the point of demanding, if not wide radio play, than definitely our attention. Ben Kyle, on busman's holiday from the Celtic/Americana of Romantica, joins Rodriguez in this endearing nod to the exalted Gram Parson/Emmylou Harris partnership.

Kyle's upbeat You're Lonely Heart sets the tempo: a spirited, dance-floor shuffle on which Kyle's crooning swoon takes lead while Rodriguez wraps her kittenish wiles around. Van Zandt's once-in-a-lifetime If I Needed You, is a dreamy, passionate plea. The catchy, co-written Fire Alarm, a humorous country swing about two oddballs in love, carries us into mentor Taylor's Big Kiss a doozy of a yearner that the two get to the very bruised heart of, a miraculous feat Parsons & Harris did with frightening regularity. John Prines' ever poignant Unwed Fathers gets the definitive cover version, soft acoustic picking and Carrie's weeping fiddle. Love Hurts will never have anyone forgetting the Gram & Emmylou iconic performance, but it does set the stage hopefully for another, longer running disc like these from this deeply simpatico duo.

Track List:

  • Your Lonely Heart
  • If I Needed You
  • Fire Alarm
  • Big Kiss
  • You're Still On My Mind
  • Unwed Fathers
  • My Baby's Gone
  • Love Hurts
Produced by Carrie Rodriguez, Ben Kyle, and Lee Townsend

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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