One Bright Light is an enjoyable CD album of songs and tunes by an accomplished artist largely in the folk tradition. Raymond has a pleasant voice which reminds me of John McCutcheon and James Taylor. His songs and tunes on this CD evoke nature and romance. He paints with his voice and claw-hammered banjo.
He also plays nice guitar and throws in some mandolin to boot. Although the names for the songs are sometimes familiar—June Apple or Pretty Molly they are new both in lyrics and melody.
Clouds Above is one of my favorites. He starts with solo banjo and voice then adds fiddle (Emerald Rae) and supplemental vocals (Rae and Liz Simmons) making for a very pleasant tune with an almost danceable melody. Beloved has a Gypsy feel which will grab you like a spell. There is also some nice fiddle and vocal backing to fill out the song.
Raymond publishes the lyrics on his web page and allows you to listen to each song. There you can decide to buy the tune or the album—a very reasonable arrangement.
In A Little Magic, Gonzalez changes pace and is reminiscing on his life and wondering if all his efforts to master his guitar will someday pay off. He certainly deserves an audience.
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