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CD Title:  Peace From The Porch Vol. 2 Reviewed by:  Cindy Date: 7/9/06
Reviewer is from:  Minnesota Rating:  ллллл   

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Christy has once again put together a phenominal compilation CD.  PFTP Vol. 2 is jam-packed with great music from some of the biggest names in the independent music  business - Erika Luckett, Natalia Zukerman, Ruthie Foster, Patrice Pike, Shake Russell, Martine Locke, Julie Loyd to name a few of the artists on the CD.  The incredible thing is every penny of the $15 dollars you pay for this CD goes to help those who have suffered the effects of domestic violence.  A win-win for the purchasers of this CD!!

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CD Title:  Out Of Nowhere Reviewed by:  Gato Cantor Date: 10-29-02
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This CD has a LOT of Texas meets Nashville, South Texas meets North Mexico, and Texas meets New York City (no rope please!) style production values. None of it tries to redefine any styles; perhaps dis-define might be more apt.


The players are all solid: Brett Needham is a legend in his own right on his Chapman stick, Mark Hallman a very pleasant surprise on lead guitar and other instruments, Christy is right there on her rhythm guitar parts, Bradley Koppe slips in his slide and electric guitar in a tasty Nashville manner, Frank Kammerdiener pulls off a haunting cello section, Stacy Lieder and James Downing do true backup vocal work, and Misty Conn supports the cast very well with her percussion parts. 
Mark Hallman changes hats often on this effort - Producer, Recording and Mix Engineer, many instruments - perhaps a bit much, but it sounds like he enjoyed it; and it may have had something to do with budgetary matters or contractual agreements.

I like the way this work as a whole tries to break out of the 'Bubba Music', 'Texas Music', and 'Folk' modes. A careful listen is rewarded with the nuances of several styles within styles. I was a bit miffed that Christy wasn't doing the acoustic guitar rhythm on all the tunes. I suppose it is a plus point - she can delight without 'leading' and she proves she can deliver a song very well without a guitar in her hands as a crutch. 

First blush on the collection would appear to some to be dark and sad. Personally, I think most of the songs are representative of personal triumphs gained because of less than optimal circumstances or personal reflections that are simply being told to us in a back porch manner. Most of the songs feel introspective, but, I like that in a CD. Christy is a definite, positive force in the songwriter and vocalist categories. Her 'Texas' vocal style is homegrown, therefore not boring. A lot of urban/country, educated and homemade cross cultural influences here. Refreshing.

A word about 'Pick the Flower'- Lane Gosnay wrote the lyrics on this one and it gets a wonderful treatment and is an asset to the collection. Christy shows a wonderful ability on this one to translate words to motion.

There is a lot of 'shotgunning' on this CD. Some tunes I would expect to hear in a Honky Tonk, some in a Coffee shop and others on a border radio station. I think this came about because of the synergistic effects always acquired in a project of this sort and the omnipresent hand of Mark Hallman. All in all, a most surprising collection.

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