Artist: J Rad Cooley
Label: VizzTone Label
Number of Tracks: 9
Review by Craig Whittington
This is the debut release from a new artist. I’m mentioning that because you wouldn’t likely guess it listening. Part of the appeal to me is the economy of the playing. I am also drawn to the building blocks he utilizes because they are generations old. I couldn’t decide what to call it, but for minute I thought it was early rock-n-roll, changed my mind to R&B, landed on 40’s and 50’s country for a spell, was sure I was in New Orleans until I decided it was Memphis or…. My answer to the genre question is There it is again! Did you see the lights flicker right then or am I just getting old? Eh, seems to be working now, doesn’t matter.
It’s not a long album at 35 minutes. Nine songs, eight originals and a cover of Baby Won’t You Please Come Home. Guest musician sitting in on keyboards on four tunes is Victor Wainwright. I liked this stuff on the first listen and more on the second. You don’t have to figure anything out, you are already in sync. I heard a vocal improv and I threw one back, and I wasn’t even liquored up. No sweet dance moves until the neighbors are watching, though.
Hear for yourself: Listen on Youtube