RJ Cowdery review…May 18, 2019….

RJ COWDERY

WHAT IF THIS IS ALL THERE IS

SOMEWHERE A PLACE–WHAT IF THIS IS ALL THERE IS–SECRETS OF MY DREAMS–BROKEN WHEEL–DON’T GIVE UP–IS THERE TIME–SHOTGUN RIDER–GIRL IN THE WAR–GET OUT OF HERE–LOST AND FOUND

Columbus, Ohio-based singer-songwriter RJ Cowdery has been writing songs for some three decades, but only within the last few years did she decide to pursue her music on a full-time basis.  “What If This Is All There Is,” is her latest collection, nine originals and one brilliant cover of Josh Ritter’s  poignant “Girl In The War.”

RJ begins with the story of a woman left alone to raise a child after the father took off to “the arms of another town,” entitled, “Somewhere A Place.”  She doubles-down on the love emotion, begging the musical question, “what if this is all the love I’m ever gonna get,” and “What If This Is All There Is?”  It is embellished by standout piano work from Jen Gunderman.  RJ writes songs that come from her own personal experiences, or the experiences of those she knows or are closest to her.  Those qualities are what make her songs easy for everyone to relate to, and our two favorites expound upon that premise.

First up, the bluesy “Shotgun Rider” has our heroine Hell-bent on hunting down the one who done her wrong, complete with a .45 and an attitude!  It is augmented by a haunting banjo from Justin Moses.  “Broken Wheel” is the bittersweet tale of an emotionally-drained woman who feels overwhelmed by life and the “falling down and you can’t get up” feeling, and her subsequent downward spiral.

For RJ Cowdery, life is a line drive in a beehive, and she’s older and wiser now, with the scars to prove it!  Fans, drink deeply from the wellspring of the excellent stories-in-song that make up “What If This Is All There Is?”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Rj on May 20, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you for the sweet review! Cheers, Rj Cowdery

    Reply

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