The Sunset Avenue Sessions review…December 24, 2018….

LIZANNE KNOTT, JESSE TERRY, AND MICHAEL LOGEN

SUNSET AVENUE SESSIONS

TRANSOCEANIC RECORDS

LEARNING TO FLY–FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH–RING OF FIRE–WHY YOU WANNA BREAK MY HEART–DANCE IN OUR OLD SHOES–ALREADY HOME–STARGAZER–TRY–CAROLINE–OCEAN FLOOR–WILDFLOWERS

Lizanne Knott, Jesse Terry, and Michael Logen are pretty much “household names” in the Americana genre,’ and they have been friends and touring mates for a number of years.  So, when they get together in the studio, you KNOW something special is gonna happen.  And so it does, with perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated collaborations for all of 2018, “Sunset Avenue Sessions,” for Transoceanic Records.  It features eleven cuts, five beautiful covers and six originals, two from each of our players.  The harmonies from these singers is impeccable, and each one plays off the others astonishingly well.

Lizanne bookends the set, with a couple of Tom Petty classics.  She opens with one of the trio’s favorites, and one of ours, “Learning To Fly, but I ain’t got wings,” with Michael on the duet vocal.  They close with “Wildflowers,” featuring Tom Hampton on mandolin, dobro, and lap steel.  Jesse gives a rootsy update of Johnny Cash’s immortal “Ring Of Fire,” as Lizanne and Michael add their own subtle nuances, like painters filling in the lines on a canvas.  Michael turns in our other favorite—he takes “For What It’s Worth” down to the Crossroads, full of haunting guitar and hellhound harp.

For their originals, one each stood out for us.  “Lizanne’s “Why You Wanna Break My Heart” has our heroine buddying up to “a shot glass of whiskey” to cleanse herself of a long-gone lover.  Jesse’s ethereal “Stargazer” is a reminder for us to hold onto the values we all hold dear, and features Dar Williams on second vocal.  And, Michael’s “Already Home” adds a soulful, layered-vocal touch to this holiday season, with Randall Kent on guitars.

Fans, this collaboration between old friends Lizanne Knott, Jesse Terry, and Michael Logen is literally a “harmonic convergence” of talent within the Americana community.  Brilliant all around, please enjoy “Sunset Avenue Sessions.” Until next time….Merry Christmas from Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: