Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Quick hitters:: Kirby Sewell

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I had a bunch of other artists stacked up on top of Calgary’s Kirby Sewell in my review list, but his self-titled EP is just the type of thing that jump starts a morning. In fact, as his puts his stamp on a Bill Wither’s classic (Ain’t No Sunshine) to open the affair, you get a good idea of what Kirby is all about.

His voice attacks the classic melody, but instead of sounding like another soul singer belting out a classic, he and his band add a steel guitar to fills in the gaps and add a new wrinkle to the song. It's obvious that Kirby's big voice is well suited to country soul, but he just as successfully drifts into the Delta with a spirited take on Robert Johnson’s Come On into My Kitchen and finds the groove on a nice version of BB King’s Something You Got

But as the saying goes, "singers are like lovers, you can’t judge them until you get between the covers" and Kirby’s despite the strength and appeal of the covers he chose, his originals are more interesting to me. The effortless Sunday soul of Beautiful Tomorrow shows that Sewell has more than a solid voice that can sing the classics. The melody is engaging and he bounces along the groove, hitting falsettos and playing off the guitar work nicely.

I have to say, with people freaking out over the emotion and singing talent of Kanye West, it’s special to hear a real vocalist like Mr. Sewell deliver the goods.

Posted at 8:20 AM by ack :: 0 comments

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