Title - 'Scars'
Artist - John Kilzer
For those not in the know, for all intents and purposes, John Kilzer is a virtual Renaissance man whose talent is one of remarkable breadth, a reflection of his intellect and deep-seated soulfulness.
Beyond Memphis, where he’s long resided, having moved there from Jackson TN (home of Carl Perkins), the national music community became aware of him in the late 1980s when he was signed to Geffen Records.
In the intervening years, he’s recorded a number of albums for both major and indie labels and has written songs that have been recorded and released by Roseanne Cash, Trace Adkins, Dobie Gray and Maria Muldaur, among others.
While he’s an accomplished musical entity, it should be noted that he’s been an athlete, a star forward for the Memphis State Tigers. At Memphis State he not only earned a Masters degree in English literature but also taught the subject full time for three years.
On the way to making Scars (releasing January 18th, 2019), his second album for Memphis-based Archer Records, he dealt with his own issues of substance abuse, earned a Masters of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary and went on to earn a PhD in religious studies from London’s Middlesex University.
Now ordained, Reverend Doctor Kilzer runs the recovery ministry at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Memphis.
1. 'Flat Bed Truck'
2. 'The American Blues'
3. 'Hello Heart'
4. 'Woods of Love'
8. 'Dark Highway'
9. 'Memphis Town'
10. 'Twinkle of Love'
11. 'Rope the Moon'
The first track is the delightful Americana storytelling of 'Flat Bed Truck' which Kilzer backs up seamlessly with both the harmonica-driven, gentle rocker 'The American Blues,' and the stirring ballad 'Hello Heart.'
Next up is the mid-tempo ballad 'Woods of Love' which is dutifully followed by the stoic piano-driven track, 'Time' and the quiet, guitar picking title track, 'Scars.'
My own favorite track on the new album is the upbeat, joyous ode to love, 'It' (which manages to sum up the feeling love brings our souls just perfectly) and that's backed by the gravel-voiced blues rocker 'Dark Highway.'
Kilzer's gentle piano effort 'Memphis Town' brings to mind Marc Cohn, whereas the breezy mid-tempo collective of sounds on 'Twinkle of Love' is yet another definite stand out track. The album then, albeit sadly, rounds out with another nod to love, this time in the form of 'Rope the Moon.'
'The American Blues' Music Video
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