Kenny Mullins, Holiday Time: In Remembrance of Lady Day (self-released)
Featured in Nashville Scene's March 2022
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Singer-songwriter and guitarist
Kenny Mullins has been performing both original and vintage country, folk
and blues tunes since the early ’70s. At the same time, he’s penned topical
pieces and worked with a host of philanthropic and political organizations
on issues ranging from homelessness and veterans’ rights to racial and
gender equality. A Nashville resident since the early ’90s, Mullins took on
a very special and challenging project: a Billie Holiday tribute album.
Mullins brings an evocative, poignant quality to his renditions, covering
both familiar (“Strange Fruit,” “Fine and Mellow”) and lesser-known material
(“Back in Your Own Backyard,” “I’m a Fool to Want You”). He’s accompanied by
pianist Will Barrow, who is delightfully expressive in solo moments while
expertly handling the primary task of ably buttressing Mullins’ vocals.
Nicely mixed and recorded by Dane Bryant at his home studio, this is an
ideal tribute to a distinctive and powerful icon. Numbers she popularized
are given a fresh, personal touch and sung with passion, conviction and
individuality. RON WYNN
Published in the Nashville Scene Magazine
/ March 2022.
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