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Leslie Krafka
©2011 Independently released
Review by Lucky Boyd


When I see an album coming out of White Cat Studios, I am certain that Jack Saunders has turned out another great project.  I’m always in for a great listen from an artist who has plenty to say.  As good as Jack is, I know what to expect and I am rarely surprised.  Every now and then, however, Jack connects with an artist that is so prepared to record a phenomenal disc that he has little to do other than just do his thing and let the magic happen.  Jack has connected with Leslie Krafka and now the world can hear the results of this partnership.  First, Krafka is an excellent songstress, penning all but one of this baker’s dozen release.  Her songs target love and relationships, both good and bad, peppered with the occasional poignant tune about life experience, and a clever song about Mary.  Krafka’s voice is outstanding, acting as the lead instrument on every track.  I’ve often written about the difference between singing a song and just opening one’s mouth and blowing air while reciting the words.  Krafka sings each offering by immersing herself entirely into each scene, making you believe every word.  Saunders produces the instrumentation in such a way as to perfectly frame every track, adding just the right amount of emotion and dynamic.  Saunders lends his talents to the disc on several instruments, and an adept class of pickers are assembled, including old friends Rick Richards and Wayne Wilkerson.  An interesting observation about White Cat is that when Saunders, Richards, and Wilkerson are collected for a recording, you won’t be disappointed, and the outcome is often an enhancement of whomever steps up to the microphone.  In this case, Krafka truly takes the lead and Saunders lets her strength motivate the musicians.  In this case, the performances are expertly framed around Krafka’s insightful lyrics.  The album is very entertaining, and each track is a gem.  While a little long for radio, “All The Luck” is the most likely lead single, with “Wandering Troubadour” serving as an excellent follow up.  “You’ll Never See Me Cry” would make the tertiary list, as would the bluegrass-feeling “Does Your Heart Long For Me.”  If Krafka can assemble a band that can reproduce on stage what Jack has built in the White Cat, she will quickly become a Texas music household name.

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