. BRIGITTE DEMEYER AND WILL KIMBROUGH
EVERYTHING–BROKEN FENCES–THE JUKE–RUNNING ROUND–MOCKINGBIRD SOUL–RAINY DAY–LITTLE EASY–I CAN HEAR YOUR VOICE–HONEY BEE–CARPET BAGGER’S LULLABY–UNTIL THEN–OCTOBER SONG
Any time two good friends, who just happen to both be extremely talented, get together for some musical fun, great things are sure to happen. Such is the case with long-time Nashville pals Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough, and their first co-billed album, “Mockingbird Soul.”
Will has been a Nashville staple for years, while Brigitte was a California girl until moving here in 2010. They met onstage in 2009 on a Music City Roots show, and collaborated on two other albums before putting both their names on this one.
Their chemistry, harmonies, and songwriting skills are as good as it gets over the course of these twelve cuts, and their passions for all things Southern—music, language, literature and various other aspects of life in these parts–is on full display. Will is on guitar throughout, and Brigitte is on ukulele on one cut.
True love leads off, as both proclaim “all you are to me is Everything.” “Broken Fences, shall I mend,” teaches the power and importance of forgiveness, while dealing with the impending loss of an aging parent brings back memories and means “I Can Hear Your Voice in everything I’ve known.”
Another cool thing Brigitte and Will bring to the table on this set is that feeling of sittin’ on your front porch with them and just letting the groove flow. That’s the vibe that drives Brigitte’s honey-drippin’ vocal over Will’s harp on “The Juke,” as well as the ode to an endless summer, “Running Round,” and their poignant “love letter” of sorts to Will’s sister and mother thru their love for the city of Mobile, lovingly referred to herein as “Little Easy.”
We had two favorites, too. Brigitte uses her sultry, sexy vocal skills to coo a request to a potential lover to “let me be your little Honey Bee,” and “you can pour yourself a cup of me!” And, Will defiantly pulls the strings of his vintage Gibson J-45 as he spits in the face of Time in the set-closing “October Song.”
With predominantly spare, sparse arrangements, the music on “Mockingbird Soul” is meant for its performers, Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough, to allow their natural talents to shine. This set is full of their unique chemistry that will ultimately move you while you have a little fun along the way! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.