Thanks to Freddy Celis for this wonderful review. Excuse the google translation from the Dutch.
Then in 2006 we met with Keith Miles from his album “What It Was They Became” We already had a suspicion that the latter would not be what we would hear this storyteller from Nashville, rhythmically beating heart of country music.
Of course that sound is also reflected in his new CD “Beyond The Headlights” with a variety of local musicians were included. Producer of the album is Jack Sundrud which itself is primarily known as bassist for the legendary country rock group “Poco”. It is ultimately an eleven containing songs, smooth album with nine songs that the listener’s own undeniably a comparison with artists like John Prine or Guy Clark will make do.
The first song “Road I’m On” is an uptempo country song about leaving the past behind. Then follows a banjo and played bluegrass-inspired song “7 Cent Cigar Blues”. Despite the fact that his daily activities consist mainly of office work Keith Miles has always made some time to compose their own songs and narrative lyrics to write. The intensely beautiful ballad “The South” on this CD is typical of his beloved song style.
In “Sweet Waters” he also shows some of the jazz music in his songs like vibrafoontje through the process and this number is highly contagious. The only real cover of “Beyond The Headlights” is the song “Them Dance Hall Girls”, a traditional sounding song from 1971 of the folkduo Fraser & DeBolt. There is also a clever adaptation of an old traditional “Samson and Delilah” we still know the ancient version of The Grateful Dead ‘.
Keith Miles is a musician who is very expressive way his whole heart and soul into his songs and explains that is made clear again in songs like “I Like To Drive” and “Iowa” and in the final full emotional masterpiece “Memories Of You”. Craftsmanship would be a good term for the review of this CD to close.