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Tue January 15, 2013
Shannon Whitworth & Barrett Smith, Bring it on Home, feature CD 1/25
On 'Bring it on Home', Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith offer up a collection of their favorite songs by their favorite songwriters. From Paul Simon to A.C. Jobim - to Sam Cooke, the album features beautiful arrangements of timeless tunes. All About Jazz writes, "Relaxed and confident, Whitworth and Smith work their way across an almost 100 year landscape of music that is the crowning achievement of the song writer's craft. They do so with quiet percussion and carefully chosen accompaniment that makes this perfect listening music: appealing to both nostalgia and the appreciation of fine music making."
On this eclectic recording, Shannon and Barrett take turns singing lead, backing each other on harmony vocals, and playing various instrumentations with Shannon on ukelele and banjo, and Barrett on electric and acoustic guitars, upright bass, and piano. From the jazzy elegance of 'Moonglow', to the mystic folkiness of Paul Simon's 'Duncan', to the latin groove of 'Corcovado'; this album pays tribute to the art of great songwriting, with fresh arrangements that make for a great listen.
Shannon is a promising singer-songwriter, whose voice and music are striking. Before she forged her own solo career, she sang with the North Carolina bluegrass outfit the Biscuit Burners. Barrett is a multi-instrumentalist who plays with the bluegrass band Cosmic Possums, as well as a the Italian Music Trio.
We rarely feature albums of cover songs, but these interpretations stand out. Check it out Friday at noon on KSUT.