Randy Lewis Brown review…September 25, 2019…..

RANDY LEWIS BROWN

RED CROW

BERKALIN RECORDS

ONE HORSE TOWN–TROUBLE WITH ME–NOT READY YET–OCTOBER AGAIN–SHE’S THE ONLY WOMAN–TRUST THE SUN–RED CROW–ANY OLD TRAIN–ABOVE TIMBERLINE–OTHER CAMPFIRES–GOOD OLD DAYS–BARLOW ROAD–GOODNIGHT GOOD LUCK

Randy Lewis Brown is an extraordinary storyteller.  He was born in Shreveport, spending his childhood in pre-Civil Rights Louisiana.  At age twelve, his family moved to Houston, and that began his musical journey.  His characters and the stories they have to share with listeners show the constant struggles of life with that slimmest of a thread of eternal hope.

His latest album, “Red Crow,” is thirteen originals, (four are co-writes), that opens with the somber story of a widower of thirteen years who lives thru the slow demise of a “One Horse Town,” where, now, “the graveyard’s all that grows.”  Another pair of long-time lovers, one 93, the other, 98, still share a vibrant relationship, and, unlike the birds who soar around them, are “Not Ready Yet” to fly away!  Lonesome fiddle from Cody Braun helps chronicle a man’s quest for inner peace, “far above cities,  chaos, and clouds,” way “up here Above Timberline!”  A similarly-themed song recalls the “Good Old Days,” when kids were polite and the world was the way it’s supposed to be–for Randy, it was 1963, for me, 1956.

Our favorite was built around a haunting cello and the metaphor of Moses never reaching the Promised Land,   It describes the hardships of pioneer settlers traveling from Iowa to Oregon in 1848, and is entitled “Barlow Road.”

Randy Lewis Brown builds a dazzling array of characters throughout “Red Crow,” who are often no different than any of us.  Flawed?–Hell, yes, but they soldier on, and Randy and the other talented musicians on this project bring them all into vivid focus.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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