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Kershaw Sessions: Live at the BBC
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop
BBC Radio One host Andy Kershaw was so enthralled by the gripping music of Ted Hawkins that he detoured from a Nashville trip to find Hawkins in Los Angeles. In fact, Kershaw recorded the first two cuts here in 1986 in Haw... more »
BBC Radio One host Andy Kershaw was so enthralled by the gripping music of Ted Hawkins that he detoured from a Nashville trip to find Hawkins in Los Angeles. In fact, Kershaw recorded the first two cuts here in 1986 in Hawkins's Inglewood home and the next four were taped at LA's Sunset Marquis hotel two months later. The remainder of these 19 songs are culled from three Kershaw radio shows dating from October 1986 to August 1989. These are all solo-acoustic numbers, and this setting is the best way to appreciate Hawkins's matchless blend of soul, folk, country, and blues. On the whole, this doesn't quite match the intensity of the 1994 recordings collected on The Final Tour, but it offers a few of its own unique charms. Hawkins brings to life the cheatin' song "Daytime Friends," a 1977 No. 1 country hit for Kenny Rogers and revisits Doris Troy's 1963 soul classic "Just One Look." In addition, the final five songs are lesser-known Hawkins originals, including the childlike "Dollar Tree" and a couple of simple but passionately delivered love songs. --Marc Greilsamer
Soulful & Stunning
Paul J. Escamilla | NYC | 03/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Where do I begin with the praise for this amazing singer? Should i tell you that it brings tears to my eyes? That I get choked up at the sheer beauty, soulfulness, and unparallelled musicality of Ted Hawkins?If you love soulful singers, you need this album in your life. The comparisons with Sam Cooke are no b.s. Ted Hawkins was touched by God. There are only a small handful of singers in this category. Some of them: Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Nina Simone, Hank Williams, and Patsy Cline.I wish to God I had seen this man sing in person.....he will heal your soul with the honey balm of his voice."
A unique voice
Paul J. Escamilla | 04/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is amazing; simply Ted Hawkins with his very rudimentary solo quitar accompaniment. I gather most cuts were recorded at a residence or in radio studios. Nonetheless, the sound quauty is good and the performances come across as heartfelt and "authentic." This music cannot be easily categorized... blues, pop, soul... who cares. The feeling is there. The enunciation of the lyrics is another real strength. Every word comes through and many will break your heart. I do not know which songs Hawkins wrote. Many of them are familiar to me, but even if they are you feel you've heard them for them first time. I bought some other Ted Hawkins albums, some with musician backup and studio recording, but this one comes closest to what is unique about this performer. A cross between Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Sam Cooke, a capella, if you can imagine that."