When you hit the play button on A Word Child by Susan Kane there is a bit of a snaky guitar lead into her warm, enveloping voice for the song, Around The Bend, one of the seven songs she wrote for this disc. There are two songs written by the Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia; and one each by Stephen Ray Kirkman and Rich Deans, and then S. Gregory Palitz composed the music for Donal Og which is a poem written by Lady Gregory. The songs have a cohesive feel to them and range from warm folk, to bluesy in feel to twangy, to haunting, all within that mode that is called Americana. Ms Kane is a skilled songwriter and her songs remind the listener that there are writers who present their thoughts in a cohesive linear manner, so that the listener doesn't have to search for hidden meanings, a pleasant reprieve from some of the writers who use seven veils for their words and then there are all these subtexts.
This disc was recorded mostly in Austin, Texas, and a few cuts at Woody's House in Croton, NY, and here and there. As with many albums that are recorded in multiple locations there are a plethora of musicians playing on here. The main constant is Billy Masters who handles the guitars and also produced the disc. The musicians are all top notch and there is no drop off no matter who was playing on a particular song with Ms Kane. It is a disc that lives up to its name and I venture to guess that she is a woman that appreciates the correct word at the right time by the craftsmanship of the songs.
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