The Road

by Joellen Kubiak-Woodall My life began on a dirt road, Rural Route 3. By my sixth birthday in 1965, America launched a man into space, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, and our president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It was an exciting, turbulent, and often confusing era in which to be a child. For a while, my family and I led a slow-paced simple life on a slow-paced and simple road. My upbringing was not typical of the South or the time. We lived side by side with people of color. In my youth, I did not see race or … Continue reading The Road

CHRIS WHITLEY SPEAKS SOFTLY

CHRIS WHITLEY SPEAKS SOFTLY by Joellen Kubiak-Woodall 2005 Messenger Records Chris Whitley does not sell jeans, nor does he star in his own reality-based television show. What Whitley does is something increasingly rare in the music business; he makes consistently interesting, beautiful, and well-crafted music. His newest offering, Soft Dangerous Shores, is no exception. Once again Whitley has paired with producer Malcolm Burn, who produced his 1991 debut, Living with the Law. As the artwork suggests, Soft Dangerous Shores is a musically atmospheric and thematically sensuous work, punctuated with intensely poetic lyrics. The album’s gorgeously layered opening track, Fireroad, exemplifies … Continue reading CHRIS WHITLEY SPEAKS SOFTLY