Folk to Fauxk

Tune-Me-Music, 1999 A roundup of reviews inspired by the South Florida Folk Festival

From the opening violin strains on the calm ballad, "Four Dollar Frame," it's evident Briody, recently named Connecticut's State Troubadour, has all the appropriately twangy credentials necessary for consideration as a true folk artist. Taking the prize for Best Mellow Song this past January at the South Florida Folk Festival with the affecting "Walnuts & Rice," a lesson from a father to a son about the importance of regard for loved ones and detachment from material things, Briody shows himself to be master of the mellow here. A funny moment goes flat during "The Sensitive Guy Song," detailing the supposed transformation of a macho man into a compassionate Alan Alda clone. But the nine other skillful story-songs highlight the endurance of love and friendship, and the disheartening aftermath of romance gone awry. (Tune-Me-Music, P.O. Box 102 Ridgefield, CT 06877 www.kevinbriody.com)

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