James Hurley,
Voice & Guitar
(independent, 2014)

James Hurley's Voice & Guitar has excellent songwriting, performed in a deceptively simple way -- literally, just voice and guitar, but so well done!

I love the blues influences here, such as on "Sugar" and "Walk Away" (which is less traditional blues); many of the other tracks have a strong traditional folk influence. The lyrics are very intelligent and somewhat wry, such as "When You Fall," about falling in love, and "I'm With You," which reminds me of Cole Porter. And "The Dream is You" is just a lovely, romantic song.

This album is highly recommended for anyone who likes smart lyrics and skillful musicianship -- or modern folk in general.

music review by
Amanda Fisher

27 December 2014

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