This is a unique project that pairs old friends, Jeffrey Foucault and Lisa Olstein, in a project that is quite outside the box; though they collaborate on the songs of the band Cold Satellite they don't work together. Lisa, who is an award-winning poet, gives Jeffrey, a musician whose Americana roots blends blues, R & R and Country, her writings, poems, fragments, and pieces of lyrics and he weaves them into songs. This is the second album they have done for this band in this manner; the first was released in 2010, and called Jeffrey Foucault: Cold Satellite. For that project he put together a band that aside from himself on vocals and guitars included Billy Conway (Morphine) drums, David Goodrich (Chris Smither) guitars, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) bass and Alex McCollough pedal steel. This disc is the same personnel with the addition of Hayward Williams on vocals, guitars, and keyboards.
This album has a bit more Rock and Roll and a tad less of a Country feel—however it is impossible to separate where one leaves off and the other begins, which is becoming more and more the norm. It is just that some people can pull it off better than others, and Foucault is most definitely one of those rare musicians who can do this because his roots run so deep. He has the ability to take songs and mix in disparate elements and blend them so they become an organic whole, quite a feat. He has a unique way of putting Lisa's pieces together in that he goes not by the literal meaning, often he says he doesn't read them until he has guitar in hand, but the 'feel' he gets from the piece. What she might have intended as a tender love song could become a hard rocker or vice versa. This is a unique method, but from listening to this album, one that definitely works for them. An outstanding piece of work.
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